Arts Industry Alliance came to Somersworth and Berwick for the great vibes...
and a serious chat about "The Arts"
A new wave of "artrepreneurs" is gathering quietly around the Seacoast to tackle the modern hurdles that artists are facing
MODSPOKE and ARTS INDUSTRY ALLIANCE stopped by V!BE Art Gallery in Somersworth NH this weekend to sit in a round table chat with a group of local art professionals about the state of the "arts", and more importantly, to work on closing the divide between artists and local business.
V!BE is made up of actual local artists that have newly turned themselves over into being gallery and business owners, so of course, there wasn't actually a table, because that would be much too customary for these creative and ambitious minds.
What WAS here at V!BE (instead of an actual round table), was great art, friendly people and a deeper conversation about the state of the arts and the choices that artists and galleries are facing right now in order to successfully keep plugging along at what they do best. The meat of the convoy was that everyone desires artists and galleries in their community, but there is still limited support for it showing up financially, which sparked a longer conversation about continuing to build that span over the existing divides between the needs of the artists and how business operates to stay competitive.
"There isn't an easy or overnight answer to building that bridge because it seems the brand of being an artist has recently been hijacked by outside agencies while we weren't looking."
If you are an artist, musician, dancer, writer... you may have noticed this large shift of funding sources, sales and livable wages have now become quite the elusive bitch...and competing for small funds doesn't work well within a small community full of big hearted creative souls that have no desire to act as blood thirsty wolves fighting for a small slice of the pie.
Artists are having to come up with new and creative ways to work together to reach audiences and generate revenue while continuing to create completely original work and remain vigilant about their shared value... a perfect example of coming up with solutions that work for the artists is within V!BE's model of an artist-run gallery.
ARTS INDUSTRY ALLIANCE:
V!BE Art Gallery has bravely gone in with both bare feet on this gallery model where the artists themselves own and operate the gallery space. They are testing the waters in a small town like Somersworth NH that is not exactly known for it's arts community on any given day, but has shown in the past that they want more of an arts and culture presence within the town, and they are just not sure how to get it.
If V!BE receives the proper support they will most definitely have a positIve affect for the community... it's citizens, developers, business owners and real estate agencies will all benefit....If this happens, if the community itself engages, purchases and supports this gallery, then...
they. will. stay. open.
(hint hint SUPPORT V!BE because then you will be directly supporting these genuine local artists and crafters that will enhance your community and downtown!)
This rare gem of a space that houses both original art as well as some of the finest hand crafted treasures from this area is a wonderful destination spot for a discerning buyer, the prices are affordable, the artists are on hand regularly to discuss their work, and it's something this
To bring art directly into a smaller community like Somersworth or Berwick takes great amounts of effort and a strong fight against a tide that has given the artists the back seat and the notion that art should be freely given "just because" it's art. We can only hope that communities stop utilizing artists only to gain the attention of developers and real estate buyers and start holding artists in long term regard as the community treasures they are!
TOOT TOOT (our own horn)
MODSPOKE is currently in the midst of launching plans for a sustainable model art gallery, artists studio and image agency in Berwick, Maine, and would like to personally thank Arts Industry Alliance for the guidance, support and time they have given us to insure that we ALWAYS first consider that the artist is our most valuable commodity.
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