This week yet another Art Gallery closed it's doors in Anchorage. There were about a dozen in town when I first moved to Alaska. I think there are two left open. They are both a shadow of what they once were. The problem is not mismanagement on the part of the galleries, it is a near complete lack of support by the public.
This is not a harsh complaint on my part, just an objective observation of changing times. I know that art lives on in other places, and I semi-regularly sell paintings. I sold one today. Anchorage is no longer as productive as it once was for art sales. Maybe art will come into vogue again someday.