William Zamie, 62, no permanent address, was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at about 3:12 p.m. Sunday on North Carroll Street on Capitol Square, Madison police said.
According to a police news release, a jewelry maker from Florida flagged down a police officer Sunday afternoon because Zamie was yelling derogatory remarks to potential customers after he had slept most of the day on the bench behind the jewelry maker's display.Zamie's free speech rights do not depend on whether he was speaking the truth, but from what I saw at the art fair, he was.
"He said the artist 'was not selling real art' and the handmade jewelry was really 'mass-produced junk,'" said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
The critic then entered the artist's tent to continue his harangue.
"He told a customer 'all these artists steal from each other and what you are buying isn't real art,'" DeSpain said.