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At the day care centre the children enjoyed painting

more than any other activity. They were the two to

four year old children of employees of a large

computer company.


Beverly Johnston was an artist herself and she had the

responsibility of keeping everyone happy. The parents

and the children. She had attended school for art and

had specialised in traditional art; the classics,

paintings done hundreds of years ago. She didn't like

modern art. She thought that the children's art was

better than the modern art at art galleries and even

better than many of the modern paintings at the



Beverly Johnston gave the children all the paint they

wanted to use on all the canvas boards that they

wanted. The children made a mess. Beverly thought that

their paintings were excellent. She framed the

pictures and took them to an art gallery.


To Beverly Johnston modern art looked like something a

two year had done. She wanted to prove her point. She

was going to put her day-care children's paintings

into an art gallery. She decided not to tell anyone

what she was doing. She wondered what would happen if

people believed she had done them, instead of the two

and three-year olds.


The first gallery she went to said they were

excellent. They wanted to do a show as soon as

possible. They even made another artist cancel his

show so that this new art work could be shown to the

public right away.


On opening night there was a large crowd of important

people. There were newspaper reporters and television

crews to report the art gallery's show. The next day

the world was told about this new and important art.


Art galleries from around the world wanted to show

Beverly Johnston's work. She had her day-care centre

children do more and more pictures. Or what the

children saw as paintings. The pictures were really

different coloured blobs on canvas, usually smeared

together. Some paintings were large - some small. She

framed every picture. She did more and more shows.


All the money that was made from the art shows was put

into a bank account for the day-care centre's

children. After all it was just a bit of fun to her. A

way to get even with the kind of art she never liked.


Beverly Johnston kept her secret for a year. She did

shows around the country and three overseas. She was

on the cover of several major magazines and was

announced as the most important new artist of the

decade. All the while she was laughing.


Finally she let out the secret. She called a press

conference. On national television with international

pickup to countries around the world she made the

announcement that no one really wanted to hear; that

she, Beverly Johnston, did not do the art that was

being called, "the best new art of the decade", it was

being done by two and three year olds.


Many artists from all over the world were very upset.

Especially the ones who did modern art - and tried to

imitate 'her' work. The artists who did traditional

paintings laughed at the whole situation. They

understood what Beverly Johnston was really doing.


The children at the day-care centre all received the

money from the art sales and they had the best

Christmas ever - using all the money for presents.


Beverly Johnston lived happily ever-after forever.


terrell Neuage Wednesday, 28 February 2001


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