Someone wiser than I once said that art can not exist just for the sole purpose of art. I don't know if that's true or not, but it sounds good and all educated and stuff. The classical art world has their Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rafael, and Donatello...not to be confused with the four of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. We in BBQ have our own artists. We have Bagby, Elser, Hillis, Barber and many others of BBQ notoriety. What's that you say? These guys that compete week in and week out aren't true artists? Au Contraire mon frere. Have you ever seen what this group of maestros can do with a tough or what used to be a cheap cut of meat? Not to mention the fact that appearance is a significant part of the overall score in the FBA. With BBQ art you have the advantage of seeing, smelling, and tasting the art created by this group. Just look at any turn in box and tell me that isn't a work of art. That is unless you are looking at mine and it might be considered modern art. You know the type with the eyes and mouth on one side of the head and you wonder, "What type of psychoactive elements was this guy on or did he use a chicken to paint this?" The turn in boxes turned in every week continue to dazzle and amaze. Just ask any judge. D.C. has the National Gallery, Paris the Louvre, and New York has the MOMA. We in BBQ are fortunate we have our competitions. These are chances for us more common folk to interact with the art as we see, smell, and taste the works of these culinary geniuses. Call it what you will, I'd eat Forrest's ribs any day of the week over a canvas painting of some cubes done by some fancy-pants, la-de-da. So if you want to see art with purpose, go and support your local BBQ competition by competing, attending, or taking a class. If you want to see fancy art for the sake of fancy art, go to a museum or check out the bathroom stalls at any truck stop. As for me, I'll take the sweet, smokey art of BBQ with a side of beans, and I hope you will too. Y'all take care, and Riley says, "Hello."