I just heard from Lorelei Beckstrom of Rubbish Gallery downtown, who says that at last week's opening of Twenty-Oh-Nine (a show where all works for sale cost $20.09), the gallery sold more than 200 paintings.
"The entire weekend was insanely busy!" she says.
This is surely good news on the local arts front, where many craftspeople are suffering economically (along with all other sectors of our community). It's fantastic to hear about such a successful show, smartly built as a response to people's current need for thrift in gift-giving.
When I bumped into Lorelei earlier in the month at Rubbish, she'd said that participating artists initially griped about the challenge of creating art to sell for only $20. But then, once they'd started working, she said many experienced fun bursts of creativity and actually came to love the exercise.
Since around 65 artists provided roughly 500 sale pieces, there's still plenty to look at — and buy — through Jan. 1. The gallery will be open Thursday, Dec. 24, but closed Dec. 25 and 26.