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'Another One Bites the Dust'

Uploaded: May 17, 2013


"Another Danville gallery bites the dust," remarked an artist as he removed his work from what was once the Tate Gallery in Iron Horse Plaza. Indeed, the list of art venues that has come and gone is long and just got longer with the demise of the Tate.

On January 28, Bill Carmel and I wrote about Michael Tate and his vision for an arts venue in Danville. For a variety of reasons, Tate was unable to realize that vision and has vanished, leaving a shuttered, paper-covered-windows space with a nebulous "Coming Soon" sign on one of the doors. Artists whose work hung in the cavernous gallery were peremptorily and unceremoniously told to remove their art to make to make way for whatever is "coming soon."

Exactly what that is is shrouded in mystery, much as the building's windows are shrouded in paper. A portion of the ample space is walled off and occupied by Art on the Lane, which offers lessons.

When the fog lifts, I hope to interview the new proprietor, rumored to be a gallery owner from Capitola.

John A. Barry is a writer and trAction Painting exponent. To share anything art-related or to pitch a story idea, call him at 314-9528 or email jobarry33@comcast.net

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