Walking The Art Walk
Hadn't done this in at least 2 years (if not more) so decided to do the First Thursday Art Walk through Pioneer Square last night. I always used to feel a bit intimidated carousing with the hoi-poloi, I suppose from an inherent fear that a.) I would either be asked to TALK about some piece of art about which I would know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! or b.) hit up as a possible purchaser, which for the most part is so far out of the question as to be ludicrous. When I used to do the Walk, I'd always try to find an fine-arts cognoscent friend to go with, just so they could held educate me, as well as field the tough questions that might come up like, "What do you think of ___'s use of dry-brushing technique in this piece?"
Well, I haven't had an art-knowledgeable friend in quite some time (at least not that I'm aware of! -- and Jo if you EVER read this, I REALLY miss doing First Thursdays with you!), but for once I decided to wrestle my insecurities to the ground and just DO IT.
And you know what? It was actually FUN! One new thing (or at least new to me) is that there are a lot of "indie" artists selling work in the Square outside Davidson Gallery, which was great because they actually have stuff I can afford! Bought some cards from my friend Sable, and a nice little ceramic sand-dollar trinket box for another friend. There were paintings, photos, pottery, glassware, all sorts of things, with most items going for less than $20. I noticed a few people I've seen at the Fremont Sunday Market, but also lots of others that I haven't seen before. Wish I'd remembered to bring the plastic, as I could have gotten a few more Christmas presents taken care of.
The main galleries were much less intimidating to walk into that I remembered. You just go in mingle and look around -- no pressure, no hassle, & there's free wine-and-cheese! And to my even greater surprise, I actually saw several pieces that I both liked AND could even possibly afford to purchase! I mean $200 isn't all that much for original artwork, even though I don't have that burning a whole in my pocket right now, but I COULD afford that with a little advance planning. And that was at the top end of my price range. Stonington Gallery actually had a lot of really nice Native American inspired jewelry that fell into the comfortable $40 - $75 range that even I can handle! So, I made some notes, looked at a lot of good art (and some pretty bad art too in my not-terribly-informed opinion), and before I knew it had spent three hours having a perfectly enjoyable evening.
I think I'll try to get back in the habit...
on 10:22 AM