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Gay Art Controversy in Wash. State

Gay Art Controversy in Wash. State


A tiny gallery in Vashon, Wash., has been forced to remove art that the building's owners found objectionable because of its gay content.

The Two Wall Gallery is located within a building owned by Louise Rice, her husband Ray Rice, and daughter, Wendy Rice. The gallery, really two walls in a hallway of a retail building, operates rent-free, and the owners say it's their discretion as to what art is appropriate to be shown. The Rices objected to the work of two artists, one being Greg Davila, who had photographs of semi-nude gay couples.

"The entire homosexual content was part of it," Ray Rice told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "We have a right to critique what goes on in the building. They can do whatever they want to do, but Louise didn't think it was appropriate to show the homosexuals doing their thing in the building, and that's her prerogative."

The Rices made it clear they don't want curator Jack Strubbe, who is gay, organizing any more shows in their gallery. In the meantime, all the works that were taken down are being shown at a store across the street from the Two Wall gallery.

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