"We had a lot of our established art patrons and museum members present, but we saw a lot of new faces as well. We had a lot of younger people and young artists turn up," Gordon said. "We were very pleased with the outcome. People were enjoying themselves, our brew was flowing--we completely killed a keg--and people just had a really good time."
The younger crowd was pleasing for the museum staff, because they are always trying to reel in interest from new people.
"It is kind of a trend we are seeing nationwide, that many cultural groups, operas especially, are seeing that their median viewing age is getting older and older," Gordon explained. "We feel very strongly that a museum needs to be for the living artist, especially for an area that the artists don't really have that much representation. So, at our museum, we are all about what is being made now. We are always bringing in new work."
"The Cream of the Crop" is the museum's premier, juried exhibition featuring the most outstanding art created by artists living within an 85 mile radius of
This is the first Cream of the Crop that Directors
"I think the quality of work is outstanding," Gordon said. "I'm a real proponent of artists and I feel that part of our role, as a museum, and putting on a juried exhibition like this, is that we put together the best representation possible for the artists."
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