Yesterday was First Friday Art Crawl, so in spite of the rain and traffic, off I went in search of Art, free wine and nibbles.
First up was the fanciest gallery in town. I have been near it before, I knew it was there, but I had never actually walked in through the door. As it was gloomy and raining I was the only one there, so I had a chat with the young woman who works there about selling art (she had just sold a painting and was looking for another one to display). Their prices were mostly in the 2K range for a small work, and 5-6K for a large painting. In the sister gallery on the other side of the hotel, some Texans were trying to decide between the picture of the Longhorn or the buffalo, so another sale racked up for the gallery.
They also sold lawn ornaments. But I saw nothing that said “buy me” to me, so I was off to the next stop, hip galleries in the alley downtown.
What could be hipper than a wailing saxophone? (at the hotel I heard distant bagpipes, definitely un-hip). There is a secret sort of hipster bar hidden across the alley, I knew I was not among my people. 😉
This gallery was next door. This artist’s work was much more interesting that the stuff I had seen earlier, and was much more affordable at about 1.2K for a large skillfully painted portrait.
I did not get a picture of the artists who were flogging their work at the comic book store. But their pictures of aliens and outer space were quite reasonably priced at $30, and I am somewhat sorry that I did not buy one. It was an interesting evening of art appreciation, perhaps next time I will find something I can’t live without (but no more books, really).