“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” — George Bernard Shaw

This article was in The Oregonian’s Homes and Gardens section May 17th.  I have selected excerpts from it.  Good stuff.
 
Four ways to learn about art: Easy steps will get you started
— Janet Eastman

   A recent survey found that most people see buying art as more intimidating than buying real estate. In the poll of 500 men and women, 70 percent said they have never bought artwork — ever. The main reason? Most think art is too expensive, exclusive, intimidating.

   What would help? According to the study by Toluna Research Group on behalf of UGallery, an online art gallery, 36 percent cited an easy, money-back return policy, 30 percent said knowing the background of the artist and 25 percent wanted a virtual preview of how the art would look on their walls.

   What else is needed: Confidence.

   Portland interior designer Kimberlee Jaynes, who builds color palettes and home decor around art, has helped clients overcome their fear with these words: Expose yourself to as much art as possible. You can’t go wrong.

   It’s all subjective, there are no rights or wrongs about why you love a certain piece of art,” says Jaynes, author of “Design It Yourself! A Step-by step Workbook for Interior Design.”

   Here are four ways to learn more about art:

  1. Let the artist help: “Don’t be shy about talking to an artist about their process,” Jaynes says. “Ask them what inspired them to create this piece. Start the dialogue and before you know it, you will learn about the different mediums of art and feel more comfortable. Artists are happy to educate.”

  2. Go to artists’ fairs or monthly First Thursday or First Friday events that bring local artists to the streets.

  3. View art websites and research the local art gallery landscape. Galleries have links to the works of the artists they represent. When you find artwork you like online, go to the gallery and ask to see more. Gallery owners are pleased to give you an artist’s biography and talk to you about the artwork you like.

   4.Attend artist open studio events to see the artist’s environment and works. 

So…art has been around since the dawn of time.  Somewhere along the line art has become something to fear.  Somewhere in our growth and development we change from bringing home our drawings and proudly displaying them on the refrigerator to being intimidated by the whole idea of art.  Calling myself an artist has been a learning process (after all, I don’t have a BFA or MFA, I haven’t “struggled”).  I have been creative all my life and now am able to express it with glass.People like what I do, I get joy from the creative process and from people’s reaction to my work.  I have a number or artist friends who are going through similar growth experiences. 

Purchasing art is a personal experience and should be fun.  A piece of art should make you feel good when you see it.  I think that should be the ultimate deciding factor. 

A sampling of my “tools of the trade”

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Life in the best lane

After 3 weeks of watching the grass grow,we got our riding mower back.  Our dog Moxie could no longer find her beloved tennis balls in the jungle known as our yard.  Looks great now, many loads of clippings on the compost pile.

I am enjoying the creative process with my glass and continue creating new pieces.  I am using more frit (ground glass) in my recent work, adding another dimension.

JUNE 6-8 Open Studios of Beavercreek http://www.openstudiosofbeavercreek.com
JUNE 21 Carnegie Art Show, Oregon City, on the Carnegie Library campus
JULY 1-DECEMBER 31 Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery, Oregon City http://www.threeriversartistguild.com
JULY 19 Gresham Arts Festival, downtown Gresham
JULY 26 First City Celebration, Main Street Oregon City
AUGUST 2-3 Artburst Northwest, Marylhurst University Campus, West Linn
AUGUST 8-10 Sunriver Art Faire http://www.sunriverartfaire.com
AUGUST 16-17 Silverton Fine Arts Festival
OCTOBER 2-5 Local 14 Arts & Crafts Show,World Forestry Center, Portland http://www.local14.org
OCTOBER 24-26 Open Studios of Beavercreek http://www.openstudiosofbeavercreek.com
earth and water

Working hard and visiting a troll

Today is a hot one, not a good day to have the kiln going, but I have a fan (hope I have more than 1 fan).  Just returned from a weekend trip to Seattle and Tacoma.  Visited the Glass Art Museum in Tacoma and Dale Chihuly’s Museum in Seattle.  WOW to both.

I will be displaying some of my work at the KaPeRs (retired Kaiser employees, at Town Hall) luncheon on May 28th.  Can’t sell anythong there but will be handing out info about my upcoming shows.

There will be a reception for the Open Studios of Beavercreek artists at Grapevine Gallery on Sat May 31 from 2 -5.

The troll is under a bridge in Seattle.  It’s holding a VW in its hand.

CHEERS!!!  Carol

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THE SHOW LIST IS GETTING EXCITING

HELLO EVERYONE!!!

I am so excited about the upcoming show season.  I have been “in training” by working with my glass daily and as a result have created some new and fun pieces.  I hope to see you at one or more of my shows as I will have something a little different at each one.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK MY WEB SITE FOR UPDATES AND NEWS

JUNE 6-8 Open Studios of Beavercreek  http://www.openstudiosofbeavercreek.com
JUNE 21 Carnegie Art Show, Oregon City, on the Carnegie Library campus
JULY 1-DECEMBER 31 Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery, Oregon City http://www.threeriversartistguild.com
JULY 19 Gresham Arts Festival, downtown Gresham
JULY 26 First City Celebration, Main Street Oregon City
AUGUST 2-3 Artburst Northwest, Marylhurst University Campus, West Linn
AUGUST 8-10 Sunriver Art Faire http://www.sunriverartfaire.com
AUGUST 16-17 Silverton Fine Arts Festival
OCTOBER 2-5 Local 14 Arts & Crafts Show,World Forestry Center, Portland http://www.local14.org
OCTOBER 24-26 Open Studios of Beavercreek http://www.openstudiosofbeavercreek.com

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