Astoria Fine Art is famous for its bloody marys.
OK, it’s mostly famous for fine art, but one Sunday a year the gallery off Town Square becomes the destination for brunch and a good bloody. The Fall Arts Festival ends on a food-filled note with the Art Brunch Gallery Walk, a chance for galleries to open their doors early to collectors, gazers and the hungry masses for one final fete.
“We’ve always participated, and it’s something we look forward to,” said Greg Fulton, Astoria Fine Art’s managing partner.
Astoria’s well-known beverage came from an artist it represents, sculptor Joshua Tobey. His wife makes “famous” bloody marys, as Fulton put it, and whipped up a batch one year for a small group. Word spread, and now it’s a staple of the gallery’s brunch offerings.
West Lives On has also garnered fame for freshly made omelettes, which owner Terry Ray has offered since the first Art Brunch. When asked about the event, Ray laughed and said, “It’s the highlight.”
“We cook omelets and have bloody marys and mimosas, and the artists get to show work to the clients,” he said. “It’s a fun time. They’ll see wonderful art and meet wonderful people.”
The day is also a big business day for galleries, because it’s the last day of the festival and often the last day attendees are in town. It’s a busy day at Astoria, full of purchasing, wrapping and prepping shipments for collectors.
“It’s a lot of people who aren’t impulsive buyers and have been looking at art all week,” Fulton said. “And now it’s decision day.”
Many of the artists, at least at Astoria, will be in attendance, and many other galleries have something special planned for the big morning.
The Art Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, and is free to attend. ￼