As a professional artist living and working in Irvine, I get more and more despondent about how undervalued the visual arts are here. I can only hope that this will put pressure on you folks at the OC Weekly to pick up the Times' slack and start really putting some serious energy and commitment into reviews, interviews and other articles revolving around things that are worthwhile in the visual arts around here.

I am really tired of having the thing I most care about turned into some kind of hobby, feel-good experience or cynical commercial enterprise. I long for some thought-provoking, intellectually charged art journalism. Pesqueira's interview was a move in the right direction-I look forward to more!

-Martha Lewis, Irvine

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