While February marked the one year anniversary, for the opening of Montague Gallery, it also marks the closing of another gallery that has been a fixture in the Bay Area for some time. Sculpturesite Gallery will be closing its’ doors, after 28 years in the Bay Area. They started out in Berkeley, later had a remarkable exhibition curated by Dorothy Saxe in San Francisco, then moved to Sonoma, and most recently to Glen Ellen. The terrible fires last fall have had a tremendous impact on the area, and indeed the art world continues to go through many changes. They will likely be moving to an online format, with the close of their brick and mortar location.
These changes in the art world, and how they are impacting the glass community in particular, were addressed in our panel discussion at Richmond Art Center last year, with Dorothy Saxe, Steven Aldrich, Joe Morel, and Randy Strong. JoAnn Edwards moderated this discussion on trends and influences, and what solutions exist for the difficulties the glass world is facing. Changes really need to occur from “the top down”, stated Dorothy Saxe, for glass to be included more widely in museums and art galleries. The ability for glass to maintain a strong visibility in the community also comes from the community itself – a willingness to be involved, and to support local artists and local art galleries, before they are all gone.
Best, Demetra Theofanous President, Glass Alliance of Northern California