Some thoughts on a Hot Day in July
Last last month I had dinner with my family. My father handed me a newspaper clipping. He still reads the print edition. It was a piece by Roberta Smith, art critic for the New York times, about how art galleries are adapting to a changing market. To my pleasant surprise, he remarked that I seemed to be doing a lot of what Ms. Smith was talking about in her article. I agree.
There are many new galleries in the east bay now. We all are finding new ways to pay the rent with out the typical support of art collectors, and with out a stable of established artists with large followings. Many of us enhance our incomes with workshops, sell art supplies, sell naming rights to parts of their space, or, like we do here, sell an assortment of art, craft and other gift items to support museum style art shows. (What do I mean by museum style art shows? Glad you asked. It’s art that is not necessarily designed to sell. It is made to make a statement; to support a concept.) We have started a series of 3 hour workshops as well. All the workshops will be taught by artists with work in the gallery. I hope this helps to connect our customers to our artist community.