Bid to regulate art sales in Provincetown finds little support
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Bid to regulate art sales in Provincetown finds little support

Ray Wiggs, owner of Ray Wiggs Gallery, shown with the oil painting “Look Up Tonight” by Loretta Petraitis, made another appearance before the Provincetown Licensing Board last week to argue for protection from increased competition from nongallery businesses that have started to sell art. [Ethan Genter/Cape Cod Times file] Hide caption @EthanGenterCCT Speakers at hearing embrace showing works at venues beyond galleries. PROVINCETOWN — A gallery owner’s call for more protections to preserve the community’s art scene met pushback last week from artists and fellow gallery owners. Ray Wiggs, owner of a Commercial Street art gallery bearing his name, came before the town Licensing Board in June because he was concerned that the future of Provincetown’s art scene could be at risk because of increased competition from nongallery businesses, such as restaurants, coffee shops and inns, that have started to sell art but do not rely solely on art sales. If the galleries have their sales cut into by these types of businesses, it could weaken Provincetown’s claim as a premier art destination, he told the board again at its meeting last week. “The galleries are responsible for elevating the quality of the art within Provincetown by showcasing the […]

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