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A Few Pics from the Art Exchange in Rockport, Where Art Was Exchanged. And Not Exchanged.

Here are just a few photos from the first Art Exchange on 8/18 on White Wharf in Rockport, with more to come in the future. We had a lot of fun listening to bluegrass and eating non art event fare such as hot dogs and popcorn before and after the Exchange itself. We had 18 participants and many more spectators, and the results of the evening were really interesting in terms of which pieces were considered most desirable in this flash art marketplace. For a little post-exchange analysis, check out the event’s website www.artnowrockport.com and sign up for the Art Now newsletter (which maybe comes out 4 times a year, so don’t panic) to learn what else is being cooked up over at Art Now Rockport.  A HUGE thank you to Peter & Thi Linh Wernau of Wernau Asset Management and Ross Brackett of Brothers’ Brew — all of whom are big supporters of art (and other) events in Rockport. And another HUGE thank you to those of you who supported this project on Kickstarter. It was a great experience to crowdsource the funding for the Art Exchange and we reached our goal, thanks to you.

A Big Thank You and a Few (Brief) Thoughts on Art

Thank you so much for helping us reach our goal on Kickstarter. The project we funded through Kickstarter is called the Art Exchange and it begins TONIGHT at 6 o’clock on White Wharf in Rockport. The response to the Art Exchange has already been interesting, and it has yet to take place. Usually when people hear about the idea behind the Art Exchange, they say something like “What a great idea!” followed by “I really want to be a part of this!” followed by “But what-if-what-I-bring-is-worth-more-than-what-someone-else-brings?” or “But what-if-what-I-bring-is-not-as-good-as-what-other-people-bring?” followed by, “I’ll just wait and see this year and maybe participate if you do it again.”

What if you could trade this…

…for this?
Then you would be one lucky dog.

This is the thing: the Art Exchange is an experiment for all of us. At times we allow our experience of art to become an overly-mediated one, or we allow the market to dictate our response to what we see.  The point of the Art Exchange is to make the art market a more immediate, interactive experience. Things may get interesting, or they may stay boring. You may find the experience to be less than satisfying, or it may be the best night of your life. The thing is, I don’t know. And neither do you. So in between gallery openings and the block party, come down to Rockport’s Art Exchange. Eat a hot dog, listen to some tunes, and if you really like a piece of art you see there, try to trade for it. If not, you’ll have had a few hours on one of Rockport’s beautiful wharves on a nice summer evening. So things could be worse. Hope to see you there, and thanks again for your support!

Go to www.artnowrockport.com for more information.

Last Chance to Get a FREE Sandwich & Coffee from Brothers’ Brew!

How can I get my free & delicious food from Brothers’ Brew in Rockport? I can hear you asking… Well, by supporting the Art Exchange, an event taking place in Rockport on Saturday, August 18th. You have just a few hours left to take advantage of the generous offer from the team at Brothers’ Brew, a business that is incredibly supportive of downtown and community initiatives that help make Rockport and Cape Ann such an incredible place to live.

Click HERE to support the Art Exchange project and be sure to check out Brothers’ Brew online. But even better, check them out in person. This is a coffee shop that is a local business in the very best sense. And they make great doughnuts.

A 22-Second Video Guide to Rockport’s Art Exchange

Before you check out the video…if you’re on Twitter, Art Now Rockport just joined. www.twitter.com/artnowrockport. Follow Art Now and Art Now will follow you back big time.

Last week we were off camping and visiting relatives but now I’m back on Cape Ann charged up and ready to swap some art at Art Now‘s upcoming Art Exchange on August 18th! Here’s a little video we made (just 22 seconds so it won’t cut into your day too much) about the event:

What Will Happen at Art Now 2012 from Sarah Kelly on Vimeo.

A 20 second visual example of what will happen at the 2012 Art Now Rockport Art Exchange, scheduled for August 18th, 2012. Only there won’t be a man with a top hat there.

www.artnowrockport.com