BAYarts adapts for the holidays
With the cancellation of festivals and holiday bazaars due to COVID, many artists who rely on these events for their income have been struggling to find ways to get their work seen. For decades, BAYarts has provided income for regional artists in the year-round consignment shop and galleries. The annual Holiday Shop alone provides income for hundreds of artists while supporting the local economy. Artists love it for the ease and reward of selling their work.
“BAYarts does all the heavy lifting – ticketing, marketing, display – I just drop it off,” says Westlake artist Laura Robbins. “I can then spend time in my studio instead of hassling with setting up at a festival with hefty fees that may or may not pan out.”
With COVID mandates for limited capacity and safety, BAYarts has spread out! Wide aisles, timed entrances and multiple checkout points have been implemented. An online shop was launched early this year and private shopping parties have been popular for small “pods.” For more information, visit bayarts.net.
Karen Petkovic is Artistic Director at BAYarts