by Sheila Bolsover
A brainchild of David Gallegos, Brighton Arts and Culture Coordinator, the first Arts Rendezvous was held at Historic Town Hall on Friday January 5. Ron Ames, (Brighton Cultural Arts Commission) and Ed Hawkins (Main Street Creatives} assisted at what they hope will be the start of ongoing regular meetings.
The goal of this gathering was to start a network of local artists and arts related area residents, such as dealers, suppliers, gallery owners, etc. Gallegos’s hope is that participating artists can get to know each other well enough to be mutually supportive. Without a unifying hub, it is hoped that this first meeting introduced participants to working artist who will become supports for each other.
Approximately 60 artists attended the meeting, and represented communities from near and far. Representatives of Main Street Creatives, Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, Office of Arts & Culture, Armory Artfest, Eye for Art, and the Colorado Art Academy gave brief presentations of their organizations.
Refreshments were served, and tables supplied with notebooks and pens, and given a questionnaire to hand in where they could jot down their ideas and requirements. The artists were mingled so that they made the acquaintance of people they had never met. From the vivacity of the dialogues taking place at the tables, the meeting can be considered a success.
Although Gallegos and his committee organized this introductory meeting, they made it clear that interested participants will organize a format that will reflect their own needs by scheduling future meetings and programs. Future ‘Art Rendezvous’ meetings welcome any local artists interested in networking. An e-mail list has already been generated, and interested arts people can learn more by calling/e-mailing (David Gallegos, 303-655-2176 firstname.lastname@example.org, Ron Ames email@example.com, and/or Ed Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org)
- improve communication between members by sharing ideas, and building a sense of ownership, commitment and excitement together and connect all art genres, arts organizations, and art advocates with each other, and with local businesses, and arts marketing initiatives.
- Promote the visual arts through collaboration.
- Strategic partnerships and community involvement.
- Connect all art genres, arts organizations, and art advocates with each other, and with local businesses, and arts marketing initiatives.
- Facilitate education and collaboration.
- Empower the individual artist.
- Enrich the community’s vibrant arts network.
- Improve communication between members by sharing ideas, and building a sense of ownership, commitment and excitement together.
Open to artists of any genre, art teachers, enthusiasts, collectors, suppliers, businesses and organizations!