But is it “art”?




Sounds like just a fancy exhibition of local commerce, like an old 4-H show in the mid-century West:


More than 200 award-winning artists from around the country and 20,000 patrons will be congregating at the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018. The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

Now in its 15th year, the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival uniquely blends groundbreaking digital and special effects animators with traditional handmade art forms for a one-of-a-kind street festival experience. The four-block show will unite art-for-sale with numerous participatory events such as a teen art challenge, book signings by Disney animators, a Doodle Run, and Sketch Fever drawing sessions at the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Road Trip, which is adding a majority of animators, visual effects, and video game artists to the festival (from ANGELENO Avenue to Orange Grove Avenue on San Fernando Boulevard).

We kind of prefer the old dorky seascapes and jewelry vendors they used to have there in the 90s. This new one’s way too slick and corporate. More like Art as an excuse to make and spend money and sound prestigious at the same time.

Remember the old hippie arts and craft shows they’d have down at the Golden Mall? It was all druggies and silversmiths from the North looking for So Cal girls. Which they’d often find and try to take home. It was Downtown Burbank’s own special Marine Day for the hirsute.

We suspect this one will be nothing but straights.




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2 responses to “But is it “art”?

  1. Zora

    Animation cells are worthless so are most “celebrities” autographs. The arts are a good hobby but you still need a day job if you want to make something of yourself.

    • semichorus

      There used to be a woodcarver named Dennis who ran a headship in downtown Burbank called the Pentacle that was right next door to the Book Mark at about Palm and SF. The city actually later made him move it to down near Angeleno. He was always being hassled by them, and it always made Tony and Eleanor Frank from the bookstore completely livid.

      At both shops his front window display had an original mounted animation cell of Mickey Mouse with his sorcerer’s wand lifted up in triumph and lit from behind. It was straight from Fantasia, and no doubt even then the most valuable cell in existence.

      So there has been art in Burbank, if not now. But yes, these are arts and crafts fairs, not “art” festivals. The old timers were more honest about it.

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