Alex Bult grew up around art as the son of well-known Sacramento artist Matt Bult, grandson of famed painter Wayne Thiebaud and the nephew of succesful art dealer Paul Thiebaud. But even with that pedigree, the young gallery owner has found it difficult to sell artwork priced at $1,000 or more in the Sacramento region.
It will follow a string of gallery closures around the region in the last six months: Sacramento’s Gallery 2110 at 2110 K St. closed in November, and The Temp Gallery, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento, shut its doors that same month after five years of business. Lodi’s Knowlton Gallery, 115 S. School St., ended a 10-year run on Jan. 15.
While the city’s Second Saturday art walk has grown in popularity, patrons appear to be doing more strolling than buying.
“Everyone responded really well to the art shows there, and we did make sales,” he said, “but I think the price points were just a little out of reach for this area. We regularly showed art that was $1,000 and ran all the way up to almost $25,000. When we did have shows where we included works that were $300 to $1,000, we ended up selling a lot more of those. ”
Although Bult will be closing down the gallery business, he’ll be continuing a month-to-month lease of the space at 1114 21st St. The location seems ideal, the 22-year-old said, to launch his next business: a music label called Milk & Honey. He’s teaming up with his brother, 19-year-old Nick Bult, to start the new enterprise.
“Over the last probably half a year, I’ve been working on setting up a private recording studio in town,” Alex Bult said, “so I’m going to be signing some local artists to that label and put out some music. I also want to put on some shows around Sacramento.”
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