Sunday, October 31, 2010

Art and More Art

Art. People who know us, know that we love art and love having it on every wall, mantle and bookcase in our home. We've been buying art for a very long time – mostly by regional artists, many of whom we have gotten to know. Ed's first piece was a Jim Cantrell that he bought for three installments of $25 in 1977. Our wedding gift to each other was two Beatriz Candioti pieces and every birthday, anniversary, child's birth and any other occasion that Ed could think of was celebrated with a gift of art. And so not only does our art define our home, it is indelibly connected to all the milestones of our lives together.

I've been thinking a lot about our art collection and how it might work in our new home. Because the new house is an open floor plan, there is not a lot of wall space from which to display it. I am hoping to hang our Truth and Justice glass art above the fireplace in our family room.

Maybe our Golden Goose will work perfectly in the entryway.

And, thanks to a suggestion by sister Julie, I'm thinking of hanging a collection of pieces on the two-story wall above the book cases. It's really high up and so not likely to get dusted on a regular basis, but could be stunning in its complexity.

Of course, we'll find a place for Art Snake's Galloway Family Portrait.

And I'm thinking our Carl McKenzie Statue of Liberty deserves a space on our mantle.

I'll find a little nook to hang Aunt Melta's Portrait of a Little Red-haired Girl.

It will be great fun to bring our art into our new home and figure out a way to curate it for the new space.

But the art that I'm most excited about will be right outside our windows. The views from the porch will provide an ever-changing canvas. As Andy Warhol once wrote: "I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own."

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