Deep in the Art of the City

Posted on March 9, 2017

Downtown gallery runners react to the changes.

Liv Moe
Liv Moe Photography by Tyler & Christina

Liv Moe and Tim Collom run two very different kinds of art galleries in and near downtown—yet both stand to benefit from a projected increase in foot traffic and interest in all things Sacramento.

Moe is the executive director of the Verge Center for the Arts, which she calls “the contemporary counterpart to the Crocker” in that it’s an exhibit space rather than a retail operation.

Located at 625 S St., the nonprofit Verge houses more than 30 artist studios as well as two galleries and a classroom. Its income derives from the rent artists pay to work there and a variety of grants and fundraisers.

Collom’s self-named, 4,000-square-foot, multilevel, brick-walled gallery, at 915 20th St., is for-profit. It sits on the approximate cusp of downtown and midtown (the latter’s unofficial borders are W Street (south) Southern Pacific rail lines (north), 16th Street (west) and 29th Street (east). A real estate agent of some stature, Collom will have a one-man show of his own work running when Golden 1 Center first opens.

“I think people are going to come to my gallery as part of a walking tour or a night out at the arena,” Collom says. “It’ll be incidental at first if my gallery isn’t their actual destination. But that’s just fine with me.” Collom says he plans to host fundraisers at his gallery related to sports art “chiefly to raise money for research and treatment of children’s diseases.”

He says his location is “ideal for an art gallery because it’s accessible but not in the crush of the arena.” As if to second that notion, a few doors down from Collom’s gallery—at 923 20th St., in another brick building— is the B. Sakata Garo gallery, a space highly valued by art critics and collectors.

Moe says she doesn’t expect arena pedestrian traffic to spill all the way to her gallery 10 blocks away—but thinks Golden 1 Center “will just bring up the profile of all these established downtown neighborhoods. I think the arena will complement what’s already here and we’ll do the same for the arena. There’ll be a flow, from one neighborhood to another, that you don’t usually find in a town where the central focus is a sports facility.

“I mean, look at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,” she adds. “You walk outside and there’s nothing to do without getting in your car. That’s not going to be the case here.”