Saturday, August 04, 2007

Raleigh: Open Arts Market?

Well! It looks like City Market in Raleigh is trying to compose an open arts market in Moore Square. In theory, the idea is fine, the application however, needs more work... and I'm still disappointed.

City Market Extends An Invite to Artists

Raleigh still will not allow artists to participate in the weekly farmer's market held on Wednesday's due to the fact that the bureaucrats believe art will conflict with organic foods. Oy! I guess this is Raleigh's pitiful answer to the artists screaming for open arts.

Andrew and I cruised thru Moore Square today and it was dead except for one artist who was positioned under an awning in the sweltering 95ยบ. It might have been hot, but there wasn't an ongoing venue within the square that would encourage folks to -at the very least- come downtown. The farmer's market is still is a better option because the traffic from lunchtime white collars are the artist's optimal customers.


Jeanne Rhea said...

It might take off, but I wonder with such a small area if it will draw many people. The heat is a problem in the south. So is this going to be free. I will have to check it out a little more.

I am like you and think that farmers and artists should be able to work well together to draw in people---but others must think differently. I just would like to know what their reasoning is!

Jeanne Rhea said...

Forgot to mention--Love the design and color on your blog.