Fair Attendance Down Again
Original post made by John Barry on Jun 22, 2011
Attendance at the Danville Fine Arts Faire [sic] for the past three years appears to be a reflection of the sour economy that continues to grip the state and country. Four or five years ago, the Faire featured sidewalk-to-sidewalk people. On Saturday I was able to ride my bike down the street past booths and hardly have to hit the brakes.
Sunday was Father's Day, and that may have diluted the crowds somewhat, but Saturday's attendance was relatively sparse as well. In reality mainly a crafts event, the Faire's fare calls for primarily discretionary purchases, which tend to soften when the fins hit the fan.
Another sign of the economic times is the disappearance from Hartz Avenue of the Kevin Milligan Gallery--whose space is now occupied by a shoe store. Milligan is allegedly opening another location, but for now at least, the only remaining downtown art gallery is the city-run Village Theater Gallery, which rarely exhibits the work of local artists.
In the apparently unlikely event that the California economy is ever taken off life support (at least State Controller John Chiang has stopped payments to our feckless legislators), perhaps the arts will begin to flourish locally.
John A. Barry is a writer and avocational artist. To share anything art-related, call him at 314-9528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
on Jun 24, 2011 at 9:12 am
Honestly, I think it may be Danville thats the issue. The fine arts fair in Lafayette this year was packed with people purchasing fine art. It was like walking around disneyland.
The 'Village Art Gallery' is non existent to the public (the public I've spoken to) and to most the local artists.
The town of Danville or Chamber of Commerse should open the books to reveal the true success of the event for the artists who pay for the booths.
on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm
I don't think it is the economy, bad as it is, I think it is the vendors. I have been to many Street Art fairs, in Utah (Park City) and in California. They have been packed with people. But they have interesting vendors who make and sell interesting things. Danville's vendors haven't changed for years and there is nothing new to look at and purchase. I love to come walk down the street to see what is available. This year, as it was last year also, there was nothing new and unique that prompted a purchase.
on Jun 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm
San Ramon Oberver is a registered user.
I'm not familiar with the art scene in Danville, but local Danville artist Hongmei Lu's work Web Link is still on exhibit at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery in the San Ramon Community Center. Her exhibit closes this Wednesday, so art lovers should take a trip down here to catch it before it is gone. Be sure to go upstairs where she has some reasonably priced floral works and a couple of paintings of a Mount Diablo.