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Posted on May 22 at 11:23 a.m.
As one of the only commercial galleries in the Funk Zone, I welcome the Artist Village and am optimistic about it's success. Where in this neighborhood do you think artists have been working and existing prior to this? They exist on the fringes, where rent is cheap, conditions are not optimal and where they can work and create without distraction. That often means shipping containers, warehouses and garages. Where did you think they were getting it done?
This village is an opportunity to keep the vitality of the neighborhood as a place for creativity and to showcase the artistic talents that Santa Barbara has within its boundaries. Local artists complain they have nowhere to show their work, no one to support their creativity. No one to buy their work. Well, here is that opportunity. This village can and will be a destination, a place where craftsman work and sell to a public that they may not have access to in their own studio.
wall space opened in Santa Barbara four years ago. we have been part of the FZ neighborhood for two years. We have supported local artists, started the Funk Zone Art Walk, the Funk Zone Arts Festival and have reached out to local business to work with artists instead of against them. We do what we can to support and foster arts not only in the FZ, but in Santa Barbara as a whole.
If you as a community believe this neighborhood is only about wine and perpetuate that discussion, then you have supported its downfall as a center for creativity in the arts. Let's keep this discussion on topic, shall we? The idea and goal is that we all coexist in this small unique part of Santa Barbara and support each other.
The fact we have a developer who isn't putting in another wine tasting room, who is trying something new, who is offering an opportunity to give artists a place to work, to show and sell their work and to be creative is to be commended, not derided.
On Funk Zone Artist Village
Posted on July 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Tomorrow night, July 12th - Art Zone SB, a funk zone art walk. Art's Fund, MichaelKate Interiors and wall space gallery are all open until 8pm. For more information - http://funkzone.net/2013/07/07/art-zo...
On <em>Specimen</em> at the Arts Fund Gallery