Oregon art gallery hosts Bush shoe toss
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Tuesday January 6, 2009

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As bad as most seem to feel his presidency was, America will get over Bush. Consider this part of the healing process.

An art gallery in Ashland, Oregon threw a Bush shoe toss to celebrate its opening, reported the Ashland Daily Tidings.

City Councilman Eric Navickas and partner Amy Godard christened the MAda Shell Gallery on Jan. 2, and gave everyone who attended a chance to launch shoes dipped in red paint at a large portrait of outgoing President Bush.

"Navickas and Godard, who are both mixed-media artists, decided to open the art space after the avant-guard Nuwandart Gallery closed last summer," Navicks told the Tidings

"We felt that too much of the art in Ashland had just became an embellishment for a wealthy class," he said. "We're trying to bring art into the dialogue for political and social interaction."

Godard added that he completely intends the interactive display to be a "statement of solidarity" with Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who became famous the world over for throwing his shoes at Bush.

"He was tortured for it and he's still in prison," she said to the paper. "We're calling for his release."

On Dec. 17, 2008, Zaidi was scheduled to appear in court, but did not. He was said to be "too injured" to appear, though Iraqi officials deny allegations of violence.

This video is from the Ashland Daily Tidings, broadcast Jan. 3, 2008.

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