Long Beach prides itself on having many artists in the city but we are not easy to find. As you may or may not know, I am a photographer and participate in the 2nd Saturday Artwalk every month and have been there for almost 2 years. I am glad to be able to share my photography and love being there but may be changing my mind about this event.
My wife and mother-in-law have been amazing in helping me accomplish this feat every month but it is getting old. Part of the reason that I am thinking of giving up on the event is because it has become more of a swap-meet and less about the art. The majority of booths are craft booths that include jewelry, clothing, toiletries and a few others. There are only about a handful of actual artists there and that number is shrinking.
I know there are those out there that see jewelry as an art and I can agree, sometimes. There is something to be said about hand-made jewelry but most of the stuff out there looks like mass-produced items and I feel it takes away from what the event is meant to do. This includes clothing, knick knacks and a plethora of other things.
I am not here to put down these trades but rather to ask as to where the "artists" have gone. By artist I am looking for painters, photographers, sculptors and anybody that actually makes something themselves instead of ordering it and reselling it. I am looking for those artists that are passionate about their art and would do it full-time if they could.
I wonder if anybody can help me answer the question in the title of this post.
Where Have All of the Artists Gone?