We have an art scene but only a few galleries that work with local artists.
Posting my own response to
Who’s making the economic case for the arts?
a blog post by Graham Hitchen
raises important points often lost as the politicians carry on the conversations that artists should be leading...
my own partial note:
the local art scene has many, random parameters, mostly having to do with socializing, less often having to do with conscious assessment of art
Bias clouds judgement.
A person with a heavy and/or academic pre-ordained framework might not be qualified to assess the value of something outside their area of specialty, certainly if their specialty has been surrounded with layers of air conditioned well padded ivory tower insulation.