So, for the second month, we were somewhat underwhelmed by Wallingford Art Walk. Not many people out, not many businesses seeming to participate, few artists actually with their work. What up, Wallingford?
For our piece, we love the idea of a Wallingford Art Walk, neighbors mingling with each other amidst cutting edge and intellectually challenging objets d’art, but that just doesn’t seem like what’s been happening. We’ve had conversations with a variety of people around the neighborhood, and here are some of what we’ve heard:
- The artists are almost never present with their art, which is one of the things that can make an art walk engaging: the opportunity to talk with the artist about their work and learn more about it.
- The art and artists often seem duplicated month to month. Sure, it may be hard to get new artists every month for so many venues, but perhaps that’s a reason to scale back the number of venues.
- It’s often not clear which businesses are participating (versus businesses that just happen to have art on the wall all year and hang a balloon).
- Participating businesses are spread out. Alone, this wouldn’t be a big problem, but combined with the above issues, it means you can walk a long way just to find out that there is no art, or something you’d seen elsewhere previously.