Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Most of us wish we could afford to buy more original art work to grace the walls and halls of our homes. Being surrounded by artists and art work every day in my profession ,working at an urban art center with a contemporary gallery ,is both stimulating and frustrating. I feel blessed to be surrounded by ever changing and evolving art work that inspires me but when the price tags go up with each exhibition opening my heart pines to buy something that is out of my financial league! The way I have come to resolve this angst is to curate a "mini-gallery" in many spaces of my home. This is easy, affordable and most of all fun and empowering. Find small works of art that are hand-made by you or a family member or friend, postcards of art work, great letter press or silk screened cards, vintage finds, favorite found objects, family photos, personal mementos, use all of these to create a visual display that is satisfying to you. I look at these vignettes every day and they give me joy and I change them regularly and that gives me variety and creativity. My MOMA is my favorite museum, certainly the most soulful and meaningful. This frees me up to enjoy the gallery exhibits and museum visits for the experiences they provide.
Posted by Melinda Johns at 8:41 AM