Overall, the show was mixed, but with a tremendous amount of very good art in it. Compared to other shows around town, like the DUMBO festival, this one seems to have a higher proportion of artists over 30 who didn’t just graduate from art school, which gives a lot of the work a maturity that isn’t available to younger artists. Some of the older artists were dull daubers — there were, here and there, sailboats in the sunset — but their presence gave the show an inclusive feel, steering it away from art-school pretention. And I enjoyed the intermingling of craft and art. The tour included a stained-glass shop, several pottery workshops, even some jewelry and knitted wool. The feeling was similar to that of small arty towns, places like Point Reyes Station in California or certain little towns in the Hudson Valley.
I will definitely be back next year if I can make it.