Archive for the ‘Art Collection’ Category

Emerald Falls!

January 13, 2019

Emerald Falls.jpgHappy Sunday!  The hazards of working at an institution that has a wonderful gallery space is that every month or so there is always a new exhibit of art from a variety of talented artists from the area.  This particular piece was by an artist that I have collected  before, and his heavy acrylic style drew me in yet again.  The title: Emerald Falls, the artist: Duane Duvall.  This represents the fifth painting of Duane’s that I have collected over the last several years; each one is uniquely different from the last, but they captivate me nonetheless.  Painting is Duane’s hobby (which he started when in graduate school when one of his professors challenged the class to “go beyond their comfort zone” and try something totally new.  And a star was born!  (At least in my opinion.)

Sentries at the Gates of Dawn!

December 13, 2018

Sentries at the Gate of DawnHere is the third installment of my summer vacation art purchases from northern lower Michigan.  I always enjoy attending the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair  (which is always held on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College).  Northern lower Michigan is truly an art-rich environment with a plethora of talented artists plying their trade in one of a multitude of natural backdrops.  The title of this piece: Sentries at the Gates of Dawn (and measures 36″x 36″ [yikes, where will it fit?], the medium: an original acrylic painting, the artist: Conrad Kaufman.  I had seen this artist on previous visits to this art fair and had always “put off” purchasing (until this year).  It is always rewarding to “collect” a new artist.  My first of many, I’m sure.

The Plastic Tree!

November 12, 2018

Trees-PlasticHere is the final installment of my summer art acquisitions.  This one was discovered at the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which generally falls on the first weekend of August.   This piece (which measures 13″ x 16″) is not actually a “painting.”  Rather, it is a mixed-media creation using plastic bags.  The title: untitled [I’m going to call it “Plastic Tree”), the artist: Mary O’Neill, the medium: plastic.  The unique thing about Mary’s plart (plastic art), is that she uses “post-consumer” materials.  Plastic is everywhere these days and this artist is able to create masterpieces using fused plastic (bags and other packaging ironed together).  Personally, I never realized that there were so many different colors to the plastic bags that we acquire through the course of our existence.  Pretty amazing.

Reed Reflection!

October 8, 2018

Reed ReflectionHere is the second (of four) original works of art that I was able to acquire while on vacation this past summer.  I always enjoy the art culture in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  I acquire this one at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair (which is always held on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College).  The title: Untitled [but I’m calling it Reed Reflection], the artist: Marina Kontorina, the medium: watercolor.  I’m not yet sure where I will hang this exquisite piece [it’s huge — 32-1/2″ x 37″] but I will manage to find room for it on one of my already full walls . . . some creative rehanging may have to occur to achieve this.  Alas, the challenges of the insatiable appetite of an art collector.

Good Harbor Trail!

September 13, 2018

Good Harbor TrailThis year proved to to have great timing for allowing me to attend more than one art fair while on vacation.  The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair is always held on the last weekend of July (on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College) followed by the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which is generally the first weekend of August.  For whatever reason, I rarely am able to attend both events.  Needless to say, I made the most of my opportunities and purchased several new works of art for my collection.  Pictured here, Good Harbor Trail (measures 21″ x 25″), an original oil painting by Rebecca Deneau, was the first piece to tug at my heart at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair . . . I purchased two additional pieces at Crooked Tree and then one additional work when I attended the Sutton’s Bay event the following weekend.   Ah, the joys of retail therapy.


Cross Stitch!

August 12, 2018

NeedlepointI recently acquired a beautiful cross stitch piece done by a co-worker (thank you Karl).  It represents the opening line of a poem by the same title by Emily Dickinson.  I can’t wait to get this framed and on the wall!  Here is the entire poem:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)

Bradford Pear Blossoms!

July 29, 2018

BarlettPearBack in May, the library was having a silent auction as a fundraiser for the entertainment committee.  I found this wonderful photograph by a co-worker (thank you Donna) and bid enough to take it home with me.  The title: Bradford Pear Blossoms, the photographer: Donna Graham.    It came fully framed and ready to just go up on the wall.  Easy peezey, lemon squeezy.  It is truly a pleasure to work with some really talented and artistic people.

Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair!

July 28, 2018

CTAC_logoIt is the last Saturday of July which means that it is time for the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.  In its 58th year, this juried art fair brings together more than 100 artists from all over the country to exhibit their works which includes the following media: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Graphics, Leather, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber, Wood, Metal, Glass, Photography, Pottery, and Mixed Media.  The fair runs from 9 AM until 4 PM today.

I have been fortunate to acquire a great many works from this art fair over the years and I am anticipating the treasures that I will discover this year.  Fabulous Michigan artists that I have collected from this particular event include: Katie Chichester Mester, Deborah Hoover, and John Fletcher, to name a few.


May 12, 2018

HarvestHere is the last of the new pieces that I purchased back in October 2017 at the annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Harvest,” is another abstract painting (acrylic) by Christopher Westfall.  The colors, the lines, the flow, the beautiful sunny day in October (even though it was a little warm) . . . all reminded me of my favorite time of year — autumn and the harvest season.


April 12, 2018

BouquetHere is yet another  piece that was recently added to my collection (back in October 2017).  I had attended the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Bouquet,” is by Julie Miller and I bought it without hesitation (along with several other pieces that day).  I have another one of Julie’s oil paintings already hanging in my apartment (a landscape scene of the California coast with eucalyptus trees).  The colors and the lines of this piece caught my eye immediately and I can’t wait to get it framed and on the wall.  Julie is experimenting with a new style, and I like it.  I’m amassing quite the number of “unframed” paintings and I will at some point in time have to make it a priority to get them framed so that they too can grace what little wall space I have left (yes, there still is some available wall space — but it is shrinking all the time).