The relative anonymity of art

Tonight, Centre Stage will unveil an exhibit of watercolors by Lynn Greer. Lynn is an artist of some local reknown, but how recognizable is her name outside the community of artists and die-hard supporters of the arts? For that matter, how recognizable is the name Centre Stage? It’s at moments like these that I sometimes reflect on how insulated the arts community can be, how like the good people of Whoville we are, blithely unaware of our relative anonymity in the broader social context. If you were to ask 100 random people what a particular local artist’s medium is or where a particular local theater is located, I suspect the answers would be rather humbling.