Naturally, we declined joining Art Walk under these circumstances. Instead we went ahead on our own.
This included displaying the colored balloons that signify an Art Walk site. But, to our surprise, we were then told we couldn't buy these balloons by the local flower shop, who told us that the Art Walk organizers told them not to sell those colored balloons to us or anyone on Art Walk nights!
So we went to Dana Point to buy them instead. We opened on Art Walk with balloons, very superior food and wine, but as "persona non grata" to the board's organizers. Before long, our superior hospitality gained recognition among Laguna residents, who flocked to our gallery from about 8 until 11 p.m. — well after the rest of Art Walk closed!
And yes, we sold paintings.
It is a shame that the board did this to three Laguna galleries. We all struggle to be successful and keep our galleries open in Laguna. The board of First Thursday's Art Walk should support this effort, instead of playing God with the bus service and our livelihood.
It is difficult to now find sympathy for their current predicament, as every gallery now knows it can go it alone, and many do.
Not comfortable with Art Walk
Wow! What an article on the front page of your fine newspaper! ("The price of being part of Art Walk," Aug. 26)
Maybe you should get the story from all sides before you attack people. Your newspaper called me on Tuesday afternoon once, and we are closed on Tuesday and you're going to press the next day with an attack.