First of all, shops in Portland that are also a gallery is nothing new in Portland. Nationale and others have been doing it for years and Motel (run by PORT Co-Founder Jennifer Armbrust) broke a lot of new ground. With rents rising and online being ever more important to retail and fine art brick and mortar seems to need the flux that 2 genres can offer. Thing is it always seems to benefit the merchandise more than the fine art. I’d like to see some one make it a win win on both sides. That said I am all for more of these hybrid spaces.
It is no secret that artists dont make that much money but this study digs deeper and Portland clocks in as the second highest concentration of artists in the country with 500 per million, far above the next closest (Denver at 250) and second only to Miami’s 581. Question is what is city hall doing to encourage this entrepreneurial edge? We want to maintain this.
Dan Cameron is curating a Midwest Biennial in Kansas City. As a former midwesterner myself Im all for this… the whole perception of flyover states and arts being concentrated on the coasts is corrosive to what makes the USA great.