(PRWEB) March 31, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Museum of Fred Launches New Virtual Museum
Los Angeles, CA - March 29, 2002- The Museum of Fred, the first virtual museum to feature
paintings purchased from thrift stores, has launched an interactive Website that allows public access to the formerly private collection of Fred Beshid. You can visit the Museum of Fred at http://www.museumoffred.com.
ÂI feel compelled to collect these works because amateurs made them. This type of American folk
art tends to be more personal and innocent than traditional academic art,Â asserts Fred Beshid,
creator of the museum. ÂI feel making art is too important to be left only to art professionals. As you can see from the website thereÂs a lot of art being created by ordinary people that never
gets shown in public because museums tend to be elitist institutions.Â
In the future, Beshid hopes to create a real museum where people of all ages can appreciate
these unique works of American Folk Art in person. In the meantime, heÂs thankful the Internet has created this opportunity to share his collection with a global audience. ÂThe Internet has enabled more diversity in the images and stories we are preserving for future generations.Â
Fred Beshid is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He has been collecting thrift
store paintings for more than twenty years and currently has more than 300 paintings in his
The Museum of Fred (http://www.museumoffred.com) is a virtual museum featuring thrift store
paintings from the collection of Fred Beshid.
For additional information contact Fred Beshid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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