During my interview with Wayne Atherholt, he made a very
interesting comment. He said, “Most people don’t start their art collection
with a $1000 painting. Most people start their art collection with something
small, a $5 or $10 dollar coffee cup, or soap dispenser painted or crafted by
the artist. It usually comes with a tag telling a bit about the artist. Maybe
at the next art show the person buys another piece from that artist, and that’s
how an art collection begins.”
That is exactly how my small art collection began.
I was at an art festival in Key West when a porcelain-on-copper
plate caught my eye. In those days, money was kind of short but a very good
friend encouraged me to take the plunge. That was over 30 years ago, and as I
sit here today writing this and looking at that beautiful plate, I am so
thankful I bought that first piece of art.
Today the walls of our home have pictures from Florida's
artists like Clyde Butcher, R.C. Fulwiler and my favorite: a collection of
Haitian artists: J. A. Bernard, one of my favorites, J. Gautier and others
along with artists from Tarpon Springs to the Caribbean.
And then there is that fired clay soap dispenser with the
blue backdrop and a single white sail out on the horizon that I purchased for
$9 at the Tarpon Springs art festival almost three decades ago that sits
quietly on the bathroom sink and has greeted every morning since putting a
smile on my face as I start my day.
There really is something magical about the art these
talented people create. From the wood inlay given me by my father to the hand-crafted rocking chair that has become my dog Max’s
favorite afternoon spot to snooze, art from people whose names you know and
have met becomes part of your fabric.
If you have not already started your art collection, it
is time to START YOUR ART.
Sometime in the next few weeks of SPF 15 grab just a
little cash from the cookie jar and head down to the St. Pete arts district on
Central Avenue around 22nd Street and take a stroll.
Find something you like - buy it and get some info on the
Take your new-found treasure home and put it where you
will see it every day.
Go to art festivals and add to your “art” collection
every time you get a chance. Pretty soon you will find yourself in a reflective
moment, and you will remember when and where you bought that picture, statue,
cup or soap dispenser, and it will make you feel better – much better.
SPF 15 is a good place to START YOUR ART and help our growing art district become a place
where artists flourish.
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