Last month I had the unique experience of visiting the home of a collector of contemporary art. The collection brought beauty and meaning to their home. Through conversations with the owners I began to understanding how the artwork brought beauty, meaning and value to their lives. Visiting the collection put us in the position of viewing artwork in someone’s home and the meaning it can have there, which is much more personal than viewing artwork in a museum. It was part of an arts education conference I was privileged to attend. I found myself engaging with the experience long after the visit, throughout the conference and later as I contemplated the meaning of art in our lives, the lives of our students and in our local and global communities.
Collecting artwork, for both display and function in one’s home has as many meanings as there are collectors. Some of us might have a piece or two and not even really consider ourselves collectors. Some of us have made the conscious choice to follow a particular artist, type of artwork, or historical period of art. Choosing artwork is personal and often emotional. The artwork might connect us with a memory, a person or time in our lives that we want to remember. We might choose a work of art because it brightens our surroundings or makes our home a lovelier place to be. It might be a wearable piece of artwork or something we can sit on, or eat or drink from.
The artists chosen for the Great American Art Festival will be displaying works of art that speak to that need for beauty, diversity and meaning that we want in our surroundings. Today, and in my next post I’ll feature the remaining artists chosen specifically for this year’s Festival, http://www.gabbf.org/festival-visual-artists/. As with anyone making a purchase of a piece of artwork the deciding factor is you, what has meaning and beauty for you. How can artwork express a part of your life, and bring thoughtfulness and understanding to your world.
Susan Black is a local photographer living in Lancaster who sees her world through the lens of a camera. She had always dreamed of becoming a photojournalist and now her photography is both her avocation and vocation. Susan’s photography takes great joy in the natural surroundings of Kentucky and her lens picks out the small details of environments, http://susanblackphotography.zenfolio.com/. Jeremy Ashcroft, from Logansport AL via Indiana, also works in photography and mixed media. His favorite subject matter is “Found Art” and is finds himself drawn to rustic everyday items that often go unnoticed until a photographers lens draws those details to our attention, http://www.jeremyashcraft.artspan.com/home. Painter Brendan Cody, describes his work as Contemporary Realism, working with bright color and bold composition. In his artwork Brendan hopes seeks to reveal a subject’s inner workings through exploration of their outward aspects, http://brendancody.wixsite.com/brendancody. Artist Stacy Chinn creates wearable works of art through her jewelry designs. Stacy is inspired by the “rustic beauty of the Bluegrass” producing jewelry and more in her studio/store in Lexington, MADEKY, http://www.madeky.com/index.html. Kris Grenier, is a fiber artist and adventurer who call Cynthiana, KY home. In her studio, she captures her favorite backpacking and peakbagging in her wool “paintings”, https://wanderstruckstudio.com/. Through her artwork, she seeks to make images from her travels tangible. Danville and Garrard County Artist Brandon Long is a multi-media and multidisciplinary artist whose works spans collage, instrument making, murals, sculpture making and more. One of his most recent exhibits “Recycling” featured recycled assemblage artworks, https://artofbrandonlong.wordpress.com/.
How does art speak to you?