A Submission…AW…Woodstocks Art Gallery


Heres the only page (1 out of 123) that even comes close to having anything to do with the Shoppers/Gallery.
Its a two part question. The first question is: In your opinion does Woodstock need any NEW recreation, sports or art & culture facilities. There were 403 respondents to the survey. Only 146 answered yes to the question. Thats 36% of respondents felt we need ANY new facilities.
The second question asked what specific facilities that 36% wanted. I wont do a complete list. Click on the survey page if you want all the gory details. Out of 19 categories the gallery came in at 10. It actually didnt mention a gallery at all. It just said Arts and Crafts Space. It did not say a multi-million dollar monument to cronyism and self importance.
The Arts and Crafts Space got 4% of the 136 that wanted more facilities. That means only 5 (actually 5.44 so lets give them 6) people out of 403 want more arts and crafts space. Ill let you imagine what that number would be if theyd been asked about a multi-million dollar gallery stuffed into an old drug store.
Feasibility study? We dont need one. We dont need another gallery either. The citys own survey proves it. This survey demonstrates categorically, with mathematical precision that there is NO public demand for a new gallery. Which begs the obvious question: Just who wants this thing and why the hell should all of us have to pay for it?



  1. Anonymous
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    OK. I can live with all my damned apostrophes disappearing but where did the page from the survey go?


  2. Anonymous
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    This is the “research” council had at their disposal and they voted to proceed?

    We don’t need a federal election. We need a municipal election.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    “how can they spend money like that when only a few people support the plan?”

    It’s easy. The few people in question are special. The rest of us merely serve to finance their entertainment and reinforce their high opinion of themselves.

    Fire. Them. All.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Well after the last guestament to bring the Shoppers building up to code over 5 million I read. Then fitting it with all the needed articles to make it an Art Gallery lighting, climate control and furnishing. I wonder if anyone can give us a reasonable estimate on the yearly costs of up keep on a building this large and old. Will it be anywhere close to self-sufficient or is it going to be an endless money pit. I’m not against a new Art Gallery but the chosen site I question. I think moving fast without all bases covered is just bad business

  5. Anonymous
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Self sufficient? You’re joking.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted September 29, 2008 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    It’s a money pit, just waiting to happen

  7. Anonymous
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    After the fiasco with mold at the civic centre and the revelation that McFarland’s department has NO maintenance procedures I think the city should put an immediate halt to any new spending on culture and rec until it can be demonstrated that ALL city funded facilities are in tip top shape and being maintained in a responsible and competent manner.

    It has been claimed that the current gallery building is in poor condition. Fine. So who was responsible for keeping it in good condition? The same people who were responsible for the civic centre that’s who. McFarland’s department may not be responsible for the gallery but ultimately the city administration is responsible, directly or indirectly, for the condition of all city funded facilities.

    Why should we give irresponsible people more money to build facilities of dubious need when we have every reason to believe they will be allowed to deteriorate through incompetence, irresponsibility and neglect.

    These people neither need or deserve a new art gallery. Hell, I’m not convinced they deserve the old one.

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