My gallery, Poudre Studio Artist & Gallery is closing it’s gallery. I just read this morning that Art on the Mountain Gallery and Centennial Galleries are also closing. Last week the news was Old Town’s Artery is also closed until they get an elevator and other upgrades (fire code violations).
Fort Collins wants to be an “Arts Town”. It doesn’t have many galleries left for “professional” display and sales. Let’s also add the facts that CSU has an art graduate program, but without the necessary galleries to establish the foundations of Artist and we know the BFA majors are not getting jobs nor staying in the arts (from the hard statistics).
But, I KNOW Fort Collins has some really wonderful Artists that can give our community lots to be proud of. I am very proud of our unique Arts in Public Places program, our organizing of Arts Incubator of the Rockies & new DIY gallery space – both of which – we’re lucky Artists to have this support in this size town. CSU’s & Lincoln’s Gallery are great places, but not open for most artist nor really sales…
I’d be lying if I said I had a solution. I am seeing all of these doors close and I am looking for the window somewhere to open. Maybe, somehow, us artists will unite to become something more? If anyone hears of this happening. I’d like to be a part of it.