Taking the Show on the Road with Brenda Scallon

Caravan Gallery- Parlor & Roadside Attractions


The New York Times ran an article recently about a couple of innovative gallerists who fused art shows with the taco truck craze.

When I posted about it on the Savvy Painter Facebook page, I realized that I’m not alone in my fascination with this idea.

It’s an innovative, clever way to bring art to neighborhoods without galleries. These galleries are taking advantage of low overhead and bringing the art to the people. You might say they are bringing the Mountain to Mohammed, as my friend Errol Gerson suggested in episode 24 of the podcast.

I reached out to Brenda Scallon, the founder of one of the galleries featured in the Times article.

Three years ago, Brenda bought a 40 year old airstream off Craig’s List. She restored the trailer and turned it into the Caravan Gallery- Parlor & Roadside Attractions – now she hosts a traveling art exhibit.

I am a huge fan of road trips, so the idea of merging the icon of the highway with an art show immediately piqued my interest.

Highlights of the Show:

  • How Brenda features all of the arts – music, performance, visual arts.
  • How to hang a show in an Airstream.
  • Finding alternative venues for creating art experiences.
  • Using her airstream as a gateway for art.
  • Taking the show on the road to SXSW and creating a busking performance piece.
  • Breaking down barriers and making art experience accessible to anyone.
  • Brenda talks about her ideas to show art in unusual places.

Connect with Brenda:

Caravan Gallery- Parlor & Roadside Attractions: acaravan.com
Brenda Scallon

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