Sunday, June 21, 2009

Arts fair grows from grassroots

A young biker motors through ART 94124's arts fair.

The second arts fair, created by Bayview residents and others with deep roots in the neighborhood, was held on Saturday, June 6th. It marked both the accomplishments of Gallery 94124 and Javalencia Cafe, and the growth of resident involvement on the north end of 3rd Street in Bayview.

A steady stream of arts-interested residents and their friends enjoyed the Family Arts Table, whacky Cyclecide carnival contraptions, art from the gallery and Public Glass, food and beverages, live music, and more. Organizers were pleased with the turnout, given the growth since last year's inaugural event.

ART 94124, the organizing group for the gallery and the fair, is a Bayview Footprints Network member group. The fair strengthened the Network through broad participation that included other Network members: Shipyard Trust for the Arts and Think Round Inc. (Family Arts Table), Public Glass, Bayview Business Resource Center, and individuals associated with groups such as the Latona and Quesada Gardens.

Primary organizer, Sarah Stangle, reported the accomplishments of ART 94124, including a string of gallery shows and events, opportunities for local artists to share their work, and ongoing contributions to the level of volunteerism and participation in a changing neighborhood.

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