What is the Value of Art?

Most of us would agree that art is important in our society, but how important? What is its value?

What does it mean when we say a work of art is priceless?

How do you decide what you are willing to pay for a painting? When viewing public art, have you ever asked “my tax dollars went into that!?” Have you ever booked into a hotel room with no art on the walls and thought the place looked sterile? Would you pay $5 extra to have nice art on the wall? Art is being planned for the new hospitals. If art can make you feel better, does that have value?

Most of us would agree that art is important in our society, but how important? What is its value?

Peter Davies is an illustrator, cartoonist, designer and author with over forty years’ experience working in the many forms of visual communication, creating images that tell a story.

An accomplished artist with a wide range of styles Peter’s has been involved in a number of community art projects.

Join the next Philosopher’s Cafe on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Berwick by the Sea as Davis leads a discussion on the value of art. Peter Schwarzhoff will return as your moderator. Once a month a speaker will introduce a theme to the Café, and then all who attend can join in respectful, non-partisan conversation, or just sit back and listen. You are welcome to propose topics as well.