NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A sales tax exemption approved last year for artwork has had its first test and results are mixed.

Organizers of the Wickford Art Festival included a note about the exemption of Rhode Island's 7 percent sales tax on ID cards attached to each vendor's canopy on Saturday.

The Providence Journal reports that the initial message was mixed. Some people were unaware of the tax break and others suggested it will not make a big difference between deciding to buy artwork or not.

Mark Davido, a watercolorist from Port Ewen, New York, said no one was asking about the tax exemption.

Erin Walsh, a digital photo artist from Scituate, said she hasn't seen an overwhelming number of people buying just because of the sales tax break.


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