The pandemic has also accelerated the ongoing loss of galleries, vital venues where artists show and sell their work. Those that remain are often perceived as walled gardens, barring artists and audiences from entry. Gallery owner, artist and curator Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen wants to change that. Her gallery, Black & White Projects, is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, but Evans MacFadyen is collaborating with a group of artists on an arts-based social club model that would use tax-exempt 501(c)7 or 501(c)8 legal structures typically used by organizations like the Elks Lodge and the Bohemian Club. The social club (dubbed the Society of the Smokey Mirror) is still in the experimental stages, but when indoor spaces are permitted to reopen, Evans MacFadyen sees potential for a self-sustaining, inclusive artistic space where artists could show their work and manage their own sales transactions without paying gallery commissions. … [Read more...] about Could a new creative ecosystem save the Bay Area arts scene?
Baker did not vote for Trump in 2016 and has said that nothing the president has done while in office has changed his mind about that decision as Trump runs for another term this year. The governor has also been critical at times of the administration’s response to the pandemic, expressing frustration early on about the federal government outbidding states on orders of personal protective equipment and more recently criticizing Trump’s threat to withhold funding if schools don’t open in the fall. … [Read more...] about Baker, Pence To Talk Pandemic Response On Nantucket Saturday