Kentville artist fights for right to sell art on lawn
Neighbours say man's folk art unsightly, causes traffic problems
A Nova Scotia folk artist is fighting against a Kentville bylaw that blocks him from selling his artwork more than one day a week on his front lawn.
Dennis Ramsay said for the last five years he sold his art three days a week and the extra money helped him buy groceries.
But the town of Kentville has clamped down and now only allows him to sell his artwork on his lawn on Sundays. A town bylaw prevents money-making endeavors such as yard sales from operating more than one day a week without a business licence.
According to the town, his three-day a week yard sales qualify as a small business, a licence that Ramsay does not have.
Town council will vote at the end of April on whether to allow artists and yard sales on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Ramsay said he's received letters from his neighbours and members of town council saying the paintings on his lawn are unsightly and cause traffic problems
He lives on disability assistance and said selling his folk art for $5 or $10 per painting helps him subsidize his income.
"It’s a deal, a deal and a half," said Ramsay.
He said he makes about $60 or $70 per month selling his paintings.