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But it's true. Affordable art does exist in Seattle. LxWxH sells curated boxes for $225. SEA-CAT sells a broad range of affordable works by artists. ArtsYo is the newest on the scene, featuring small works by Seattle artists. And other existing galleries have always had a range of work available for purchase.
The one thing this fair offers is an opportunity to reach out to a broader audience, which is critically important in Seattle. We have a huge untapped market of people interested in art but who feel they don't have access. Who have collectors traditionally been, and does that stereotype have to continue?
Who's to say art collectors aren't artists, IT techs, software execs, video game designers, restaurant workers, and on and on?
Access and sustainability are key. If this fair is a doorway, then I applaud the entry.
And while I agree with Kucera that the galleries in Seattle are open and approachable (including his), I have to admit to a certain irrational worry that when I go to a new-to-me gallery that THIS will be the time that I'm met by that stereotypical curator/owner who greets every comment with disdain and won't even discuss the price with someone in THAT kind of outfit.