December 19, 2006
The closings of two popular downtown galleries in the past six weeks have caught the attentions of many in the local art community. Artist and Lawrence Arts Commissioner Dave Loewenstein invited members of the community to his studio for an informal meeting last week, to discuss ways to groom the character and increase the national visibility of the Lawrence arts scene, thereby uniting the arts community, increasing sales for local artists and fortifying the local economy.
Over two dozen people attended the two-hour meeting; representatives the Lawrence Arts Center, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Lawrence Art Guild, Art Walk, the KU Art Department and the Lawrence Arts Commission; the Olive, Phoenix and Signs of Life galleries; and local artists and artist advocates, writers and musicians. Street Level dons a jaunty beret and saunters east to get the 411 on the state of the Art in the City of the Arts.