A psychedelic storefront in Nyack has the usually liberal, artsy community divided over the definitio of “art.” The newest renter of the space on North Broadway that was the former home of the Ben Franklin Bookshop is Carol McIlmurray, who has been painting and repainting the facade.
Some are defending McIlmurray and her artistic creations, like this reader:
People have to stop being so uptight. Leave the hippie chick alone. Let her paint all day long!
While another wrote:
Jeeez, it’s Nyack; whaddya expect — haven for the artsy crowd and their culture of ….well, culture, I guess. If you don’t find it all so amusing, stick to the Starbuck’s at the mall.
Others think that McIlmurray is painting the store to draw attention to her new business:
Talk about free advertising!
one person said of the story in the paper, while another added:
Obviously this woman did this to bring attention to the new store she is opening, creating controversy is a great way for free publicity.
Another reader wrote:
Personally I think it looks dumpy and sloppy, bordering on childish with perhaps a tweak of mental queerness. I can see how upsetting it could be to some. Then again, Nyack could use a little odd attention.
Someone else turned to poetry:
Since we’re talking about artful expression I’ve decided to offer a haiku to describe how I feel:
Broadway in summer
Pointless eyesore masked as art
Finally, one reader summed up the controversy this way:
What one considers art, others consider graffitti. Personally, in a year no one will remember the store or her.