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The Art Wall at Shige Sushi

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi

A few years back, Sonoma County artist Colin Talcroft invited a couple of friends to show their artwork along with his at Shige Sushi, a cozy downtown Cotati restaurant. Now in its third year, this venture evolved into The Art Wall at Shige Sushi, as a place for good food and art.

The motivation for Talcroft was creating a venue in Sonoma County where dedicated artists could show their work in a professional setting that was accessible to the public, yet low cost to the artists.

“I simply love art and artists,” Colin says, and his goal is to offer opportunities for top-notch artists to show and share their work with the public.

Since the first show in 2014, Talcroft has maintained a steady ongoing exhibition schedule. Typically he presents six shows per year that run for about eight weeks each. They include, on average, about 15 to 20 works of art.

“The fun of curating is that you get to indulge your own taste,” Colin says. “I show artists whose work I find compelling. I keep my eye out for high-quality local artists in galleries, museums, at open studio events, and online.”

According to Talcroft, “The benefit of showing artwork in a restaurant is that a community of regular and occasional customers gets to dine in an art environment.

The food, of course, is the main draw, but The Art Wall has built a reputation for showing high-quality art both among local art enthusiasts and among people enjoying the restaurant.”

Talcroft says he is always happy to look at an artist’s work for consideration. In particular, he is interested in two-dimensional artwork, in any medium, by artists based in one of the nine Bay Area Counties.

“I don’t care if an artist is famous or just starting out; if the work is good, I’m interested,” he says. “My main goal from the outset was simply to show the highest quality art I could get access to — and we’ve shown excellent people, including some with international reputations.”

The current show on The Art Wall is Contemporary Bay Area Photography, a group show featuring work by numerous local photographers. The show runs through April 30, 2017.

Details: 8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.

Inquiries about The Art Wall or about buying or showing work on The Art Wall should be directed to Colin Talcroft, Curator, The Art Wall at Shige Sushi, at Shigecurator@yahoo.com, or visit The Art Wall website

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