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For Immediate Release
Kill Date: August 7, 2008 
 Contact: Rosalie Gale
  • One Night Only: Thursday, August 7, 6-10 pm
  • Book signing of Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks
     and presentation of bad art by curator-in-chief, Michael Frank
  • Event will include the opportunity for the public to donate bad art to MOBA (The Museum of Bad Art) and trade with Seattle's bARTer Sauce
The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) has been featured in People, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Located in the basement of a theater in Massachusetts, MOBA is a unique institution dedicated to the celebration of artistic effort, however misguided. The collection is comprised largely of canvases found discarded on curbside trash piles or obtained for a pittance at thrift stores and yard sales.

Michael Frank, curator-in-chief, will disclose his trade secrets on identifying and locating bad art, and discuss the finer details of bad art interpretation. Bring a piece of art to this low-rent antique road show to learn whether some of the detritus in your attic or basement is, in fact, museum worthy!

bARTer Sauce has been featured in Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I, and on KUOW's Sound Focus and Northwest Afternoon. Founded by Rosalie Gale, it is an experiment in trading for art and odd objects that has been going on for more than two years. There are three rules to bARTer Sauce: everything that obtained through a trade is traded for something else; all trades to bARTer Sauce must include a story that can be published on its Web site; nothing will ever be traded for an accordion.
MOBA and bARTer Sauce forged a relationship steeped in the trading of bad art for worse art and the stories surrounding the pieces. MOBA highlights several trades with bARTer Sauce in the new book, Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks.
  • Book signing of Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks and presentation of bad art by MOBA (Museum of Bad Art) Curator-in-chief, Michael Frank.
  • People are encouraged to bring bad art that they own and would like to donate to or be evaluated by MOBA.  
  • People are encouraged to bring art and odd objects that they would like to trade with bARTer Sauce. Everyone who makes a trade must also supply a story to be published on

Thursday, August 7, 2008
6 - 10 p.m open studio/bARTer Sauce exhibit
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. MOBA presentation

Stir, 216 Alaskan Way S.
Pioneer Square (under the viaduct between Main and Washington)