Art on the Square is a must-do on most local residents’ entertainment and social calendars, but what we don’t always remember is how big a deal it is to the outside world. It has been around for 14 years, and for five of those years it has ranked No. 1 in the nation according to Art Fair SourceBook.
No. 1 in the nation. Five times. Out of about 6,000 shows. Woof.
This past year the show put $1.2 million in the pockets of about 100 artists, and has consistently delivered sales in the $1 million range. That’s great for the artists, and the cumulative effect of more than $10 million in artwork remaining in our community has to create a certain glow.
The art we most appreciate, though, tends to be the art that was a gift. Art on the Square puts sculpture throughout our community, at our schools and in our parks and other public spaces. It puts show participants in our schools to inspire creativity in our youngsters, and they in turn have created sculpture that has a place in our community.
Patti Gregory, local sponsors and the legions of volunteers who bring us Art on the Square would be appreciated just for the classy long weekend every May, but the ripples they have created with the event leave a legacy and a reputation that are, themselves, works of art.