Posts Tagged ‘Art Collection’

A Path Less Taken!

March 11, 2018

Path Less TakenHere is the second glass mosaic that I’ve been able to acquire (with a few natural stones thrown in for good measure).  I acquired this piece at the annual “Art in the Square” at Utica Square in Tulsa last October.  Positively beautiful!  This one is entitled “A Path Less Taken,” by Cindy Swanson.  My first mosaic was acquired Labor Day weekend during a short visit to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Ah, so many talented artists, so little wall space (but I never use this as an excuse to keep me from purchasing those items that truly tug at my heart).


Forest in Black and White!

March 4, 2018

SmithSome would call it serendipity, others, just being in the right place at the right time.  Such was my luck during the fall of of 2017 when I happened to be taking a stroll through the halls of the College of Liberal Arts faculty offices (the Languages and Literature department).  I was having a discussion with one faculty member only to discover that another faculty member was an accomplished artist who just happened to be in his office at the time.  A conversation ensued as I was admiring the many of his original paintings that he had adorning the walls of his office.  I left his office thinking that he was an artist worth watching and I immediately added him to my “try to collect from” list.   Imagine my surprise to have a visit from this professor several weeks later bearing this painting as a gift (thank you Ben).  Apparently I ooh-ed and aah-ed over his painting just enough that this professor decided to paint me an original painting very similar to the one that I had enjoyed.    What a great way to start 2018!  The artist: Dr. Benjamin Smith; the title: “The Woods”; the medium: original acrylic painting.  And, it has a very small “footprint” in that it is only 4″ wide by 12″ tall (unframed) which will facilitate its entry into my available wall space (even after it is framed, unless I get really wild in how it ultimately gets framed).   Collecting art continues to bring me a tremendous amount of joy!

Hand-Turned Bowl!

February 11, 2018

GoreeBowlBill Goree (The Wood Potter) has been turning wood for several years.  I have been watching and waiting for one of his pieces to “speak” to me, and finally one did.  Here is a hand-turned bowl (made out of the wood from a hackberry tree) that I acquired from Bill back in October 2017 at the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  The weather was gorgeous and as I strolled among the numerous vendors I found additional pieces that “I could not live without” and purchased three more works: an original oil (on board) by Julie Miller, another original abstract painting by Christopher Westfall, and a unique glass mosaic piece by Cindy Swanson.  Stay tuned, these additional pieces will be highlighted in the months to come.



January 10, 2018

HoloceneHere is a new piece that was recently added to my collection.  It was actually purchased back in October 2017 at the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  It was a beautiful day and I found myself leaving the event with five (5) new treasures to grace my walls and countertops.  This piece, entitled “Holocene,” is an abstract painting (acrylic) by Christopher Westfall that was actually purchased a couple of week previously (right before leaving town on a vacation), but I had made arrangements with the artist to pick it up at the Art in the Square event.  Christopher is also known for his landscapes and cityscapes and I have been fortunate enough to have collected several of his works.  This marks the first Westfall “abstract” that I have been privileged to acquire.  The first of many, I’m sure.


Fields of Gold!

December 10, 2017

MosaicBack in September (over the extended Labor Day weekend) I had the occasion to revisit Eureka Springs (Arkansas) with a friend and discovered that a work of art I had taken a liking to on a previous visit (but had not purchased) was still available.  Needless to say, I was not about to leave this shop a second time without securing this piece for my collection.  The artist: Fran Carlin, the title: Fields of Gold, the medium: glass mosaic.  Fran discovered mosaics working under the master, James Hubbell, and later studied in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is positively stunning and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to add one of her pieces to my collection.


Peaceful Place!

November 25, 2017

Peaceful PlaceHere is a fabulous piece that I acquired this summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas).  There is a MUST ATTEND annual art show, the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, that is always held on the last Saturday of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.  This year I was able to acquire a couple of pieces from a couple of local artists that I had not been acquainted with previously (Debbie Orthner Lamson and John Fletcher).   And, both of these artists live very near to where I grew up.  This piece is entitled: Peaceful Place, it was painted by Debbie Orthner Lamson, it is an original acrylic, and it is already hanging in my apartment where I can enjoy its beauty each and every day (my available wallspace continues to shrink, alas).


An Amazing Find!

November 4, 2017

Leelanau GlassHere is yet another fabulous glass sculpture (three pieces on acrylic bases) that I acquired last summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas). The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, is always held on the last Saturday of July, on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College  and I always manage to find a treasure or two to take home with me.  This multi-piece item caught my eye immediately, and during the course of purchasing the piece(es) I discovered that the artist, John Fletcher, lives right around the corner from our family business!  ‘Tis a small world indeed.  This new acquisition is now “gracing” the ledge between my kitchen and my living room.  Beautiful!



October 4, 2017

NoticedLast summer I received an invitation to an unusual art show/exhibit — all of the artists were minors and all were “up-and-coming” artists in their own right.  Obviously some paintings were better than others, but what a great idea to get these young artists some exposure in the art community.  When I saw this drawing (pencil/graphite) I liked it immediately and knew that it would be going home with me eventually (the show would run for a couple of more weeks following the reception) and purchased it on the spot.  The title: “Noticed” (yes, it got noticed), the artist: Ava Aleszczyk (age fifteen), the medium: pencil/graphite.  A stunning piece to say the least.


Night of a Thousand Suns!

August 17, 2017

Night of a Thousand SunsHere is another wonderful painting by the talented Duane Duvall.   He took a really experimental approach to this one as he attempted to paint an assortment of styles and versions of the sun (and he claims there really are images of 1,000 suns).  He used cheerios, a silver dollar, a paint brush, inks, palette knives, acrylics, and layering and weathering as he has never done before.  His plan was “to take this piece and add so many different takes on the sun that you would look for years and see different things every time.”  I believe he succeeded.


All the Way From France!

August 7, 2017

RenePaintingHappy Monday!  The check is in the mail.  Well, I believe this is a first! I purchased a painting last week (from the comfort of my apartment) that just happened to be in an exhibit in France!  It was an exhibit of the extraordinarily talented American artist René Shoemaker (of Athens, Georgia [and a personal friend of mine to boot]) entitled: “Memory & Place: Exhibition of Paintings on Silk” at La Mairie de Felletin which opened on June 21st and runs until August 18th.  “This one is titled: “The Table at the Grand Café, Felletin,” and is positively beautiful.  The simplicity and design of the table, coupled with the rich and luscious colors was love at first viewing.  René’s French is much better than mine, but to use the local language . . . merci beaucoup, mon ami!  Continuer le bon travail, et continuez à peindre!