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PUBLISHED: 12:16 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:33 05 July 2010

IT'S well known that two plus two make four; but two and two don't - or shouldn't.

That's to say the first is a sum - addition - the other is simply a joining, a connection.

IT'S well known that two plus two make four; but two and two don't - or shouldn't.

That's to say the first is a sum - addition - the other is simply a joining, a connection. Now in some instances they amount to the same thing. Take an article, which although having the best intentions, reads that galleries are struggling and closing, put it next to a picture of gallery manager Michaela Barber at the Ferini Art Gallery Pakefield, and you get people coming in saying I'm really sorry to hear you are closing.

People ringing up to say, “Are you open this Bank Holiday we always enjoying coming in and were looking forward to visiting; will you be open or are you closing?” Andrew and the Lowestoft Journal is this what you meant to happen?

The Ferini Art Gallery has no plans to close nor to my knowledge do any of the 50 galleries that Andrew's article mentioned.

The Ferini Gallery has had a good start to the year and particularly this last month with a very well supported and successful, “Suffolk Open Studio's Exhibition”; which highlights the enormous range of artists studios to visit and enjoy; rain or sun shine, down turn in the market or. . . . etc.

Simultaneously, under the direction of local artist John Reay, a wonderful selection of student's photographs from the Old Warren School was on display at Ferini. Sales were made from both exhibitions.

Since the notion of corporation arts facilities has gone or fast disappearing, it's beholden on such council administrations to at least recognise and support the efforts of private individuals who wish to create such venues for the benefit of the community. Yes we make profit like councils make money - to survive and offer a service.

Art galleries do not expect finances from local government as there are, and will be, many more important social objectives to spend rate payer's money on.

Andrew you are right, troubled times or not, we must protect all our valued assets and yes even celebrate them. Art, as you indicated provides wealth of a lasting nature; call it aesthetics or investment it's the same thing. And promoting the Waveney district as a thriving visual arts area makes business sense and cultural sense and increases our potential for increasing tourists.

PAUL HOBBS

Owner of the Ferini Art Gallery

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