Thursday, October 9, 2008

"Stuff vs Art"

With the economy drastically slowing, many artists are calling with nervous voices wondering about sales, or lack of sales, regarding their artwork. I sometimes find that not only am I a gallery owner but also an art therapist of sorts. I talk with my artists about how they can market themselves, I tell them that yes, the economy sucks but their art doesn't - just because it's not selling now doesn't mean their work isn't beautiful and thought provoking and, most of all, meaningful.

All of us at the gallery spend much of the day educating the general public about our artists....not just who they are but how artists must rely on sales to live, support a family, pay taxes, pay health insurances, pay for gas, raise their children and basically live just like everyone else but on a much tighter budget. We mention that if we stop buying art we cut out a valuable segment of our visual environment. I just can't imagine MY life without art or artists....can you?

When I hear people say..."I'm just not going to buy stuff anymore", I hope that people realize that art is not "stuff". Stuff is filler...things...copies...manufactured items made by machines...stuff is usually not touched by human hands except when packaged and placed in boxes for shipping. When looking at your "stuff" do you know who actually created it?

Take a closer look at what surrounds you. Is it "stuff" or is it meaningful? Is it art?

1 comment:

Ruth Armitage said...

So True, so true! It was so much fun to see you today! Keep on keepin' on...

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We represent Northwest artists working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. Our second gallery features exhibitions on a monthly basis, as well as selected group shows and special exhibitions. To arrange an appointment, please call 503-581-3229 or email; During our years of operating, we have successfully encouraged the broadening and blossoming of the Salem art scene. We are dedicated to serving our clients as well as our artists. The relationships that we cultivate with our clients and our artists have been and will continue to be long and rewarding. We encourage you to take the time to be acquainted with us and take the time to appreciate the art we enjoy so much.