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“It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.” Aristotle
Of course it’s not exactly the same idea, but Popup Art Bethel and Migrant Salon share similar intentions. Organized by artist Michael Seri of Detritus Art & Design, the exhibition is a temporary exhibit hosted in an empty storefront on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, Connecticut. The host building was formerly home to a sign printing company, and Seri sees the popup project as “[moving] from town to town [bringing] new life to empty storefronts… [as] a way to bring new life, bring people together and revitalize communities.” There doesn’t appear to be a unifying concept for the current exhibit on Greenwood Avenue other than to bring an array of area artists (25) together at one time, in one place and for a single, unique event. This of course has great potential, particularly in respect to allowing artists more opportunities to show their work and the chance of generating interest by a community in its own culture and creative conversation. Yet one of the most powerful potentials of the art vehicle (gallery, museum, etc.) is not only to facilitate a mingling of the public and art, but also negotiating that meeting: giving it a purpose, finding a common denominator (sans dilution of individual works), pointing it in a direction. Perhaps PUAB does this, and if not, maybe it makes an activating impact simply by being an idea that came to fruition. Either way, more cooperation in the arts is always a good thing. Empowering local art is a good thing. And more art in areas unaccustomed to seeing and contemplating it is a good thing! PUAB runs from June 30th - July 30th, and the space is open Thursdays - Sundays, 2-9:30pm. The opening reception is tomorrow, Saturday, 2-5pm. See you there!