9th Annual Seward Arts Festival
As a Seward resident for 10 years, I was a little disappointed with the three-minute egg review of the Ivy and Bottle Rocket Buildings. I would have approached the story with a few stats: how many artists rent studios in the two buildings, how much it costs, the length of the typical lease. I would preface the story with these facts to position the dedication of the artists who have rented throughout the years and address the turn-over.
A few of the artists exhibiting over the last couple years weren’t exhibiting this year, and I know they are still making art. One studio that was an artist space is now a lawyer’s office-hmmm. Some of the artwork has lost its grittiness. What I like about the Seward Art Fest is that I get an opportunity to meet artists in my neighborhood but this year it felt as though artist didn’t open their home studios as they usually do and we only saw the studio artists who don’t live in the neighborhood. The festival is changing; hopefully next year it will have a grass roots feel.