Art: Citizens to the Rescue

The most painted object in the U.S. is probably a weather-beaten, 84-year-old fishing shack in Rockport, Mass, known to artists, professional and amateur, as "Motif No. 1." Rockport citizens have long taken jealous pride in preserving its warped red siding and sagging shingles in a state of paintworthy dilapidation. A year ago the tenant, Dana Vibert, lobster dealer, strung overhead wires to the shack to run an electric pump. Horrified art colonists demanded that he take them down; they spoiled the charm. Replied Vibert: "If you don't like the wires, don't paint 'em." Charm or no charm, he intended to go...

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