BUILDING AN ART MARKET
Photo courtesy Matt Weigand and the Inlander
Art patronage in our town is 36% of the national average. This is a huge problem for a city trying to create a culture of creativity and innovation.
After a year of talking to artists and patrons (and non-patrons), we started thinking that we have a chicken/egg problem: Galleries struggle here because patronage is low. People feel uncomfortable around art because they’ve never spent much time around art or artists … you know, in galleries. We wondered what would happen if we created an atmosphere where everyone would feel comfortable, where there was a ton of art (and craft) at people’s fingertips, and a majority of it was inexpensive enough to be attainable to lots of different folks.
In June 2014, we installed booths for more than 50 Vendors in the heart of downtown Spokane. Most items were priced $100 or less and in 11 hours, with 8,000 people in attendance, Vendors sold more than $36,ooo of art and craft solidifying Bazaar as our second flagship event. Check it out: