TRURO - Changes being made to Colchester County's art purchase policy will enable municipal employees and councillors to submit works for consideration in its annual art show.
However, any art works submitted by councillors will not be eligible for purchase by the municipality. Works submitted by employees will be eligible for purchase, providing the individual does not sit on the selection committee.
Each year, the county runs its art purchase program and receives submissions from local artists to be included in the art show. A committee is appointed each year to select one piece of art from the show to be purchased by the county for its art collection, which is housed in the municipal offices in the courthouse building on Queen Street.
During the process, no artist names are revealed until a work has been selected.
Coun. Christine Blair, who also paints, said while she is pleased councillors will be able to submit works to the art show, agreed it is only proper that they be excluded from the purchase aspect of the program.
"I think that's fair," she said, of the policy changes. "I can't see taxpayers dollars going to purchase a councillor's artwork."
"I think the perception in the community wouldn't be good," Deputy Mayor Bill Masters agreed.