PRIVATE, for-profit galleries exemplify Capitalism. That one is easy, you make it, they sell it and CASH is earned. Dollar bill is the bottom line, that is unless the gallery is run by a trust fund baby or is a tax right off. And the tax right off still just brings the dollars.
NON-PROFIT galleries are more like socialism, plugging in to the pool of tax money in order to serve the public. Socialism, in my mind, is where things are paid for from a collective of money that the government collects and redistributes in the form of services for the people. It's art that doesn't sell easily so tax-payers and corporate donors sponsor to have it shown to the people in order to broaden their horizons. Feed the people's minds, and pay for it with their own taxes. (hope everyone likes it!)
Now a CO-OP(perative) gallery is communism. People taking equal ownership (or no ownership) and working together equally [in an ideal situation] for a common goal. But allow me to also point out that all of these entities are actually operating in a capitalist world so none of these examples are purely defined by the political models I'm using, it's just a reference to show how these diverse types of galleries operate.
NadaDada Motel is a type of gallery situation closer to Anarchy. Pooling personal resourses together to work for a goal but not assuming too large of a group. It all hinges on personal agreements–face to face, old fashioned TALKING. Overall we hope it engulfs the whole town and spreads & spreads, but as we've been pointing out continually, we are not an organization. There's no over-arching governing body to tell you what you can & can't do. If you operate in a group, agreements are made of how to conduct things but the group beside yours may not do it the same, and isn't that o.k? We're all still working toward the same thing, which in OUR case is showcasing Reno's creativity that we have right here in our lil' town.
I personally want the world to know that what we have here in Reno is special. I've seen enough to know, I've been around and I know enough artists and creative types here in town to be impressed. And besides, I'm trying to make it as an artist myself and that doesn't mean I have to compete with other artists around me. It means I should work with them–beside them and sometimes even FOR them.