Particularly those on the Broad Street First Friday walk.
The city has been offering a hand of support on one side and on the other demanding the galleries large and small comply with ridiculous costly regulations and given the galleries less than twenty days to do so, threatening to close us down by the October openings.
This is not a good thing for the city. First Friday provides a fun night for families from all over the region, offers artists a place to exhibit and occasionally sell their work. We have an email list that includes names from DC, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and even Glen Allen!!!
We don't know where this resistance is coming from but we suspect there is a concern that the galleries somehow compete negatively with Centerstage, but it may also be possible that people who come down for First Friday will be MORE likely to come to events there because they are accustomed to the welcoming, exciting atmosphere they have experieced on First Friday.
art6 - more than just a gallery, more than a building!