An exhibit specifically designed by six artists for the wide expanses of the Madden Museum is visiting Breckenridge. This enormous and diverse show comes together beautifully as a voice of the Colorado artists displaying their ‘expanded’ view of Colorado. The media ranges from encaustic to textiles and from wood to oils. Colors vary, patterns predominate and still it all holds together. Please come meet the artists January 19th at 5:00 or Come see the show before it closes on February 6.
Rebecca Cuming will never cease to amaze me with her skill with paint or her creativity for both semi-representational and abstract art. I was recently visiting her studio and just wish I could show all of her work all the time. Here are three new pieces that exemplify one of her recurring themes of the feminine and nature. The three spotlight pieces actually have pieces of doll clothing on the canvas and then painted over the top with beautiful colors and brush work. As always with her work, the more I look at her pieces, the more I see and admire. Today, I would like to share her recent show, and some pieces that I have from that show, at Teal.
Teal is now on its third year of existence. It is another year to look forward to and, of course, there is more art. This January we have local artist Dodge Gaskill coming to show us how he does it. He is going to be creating his art here in the gallery this Saturday from 5:00 – 7:00. This is just one of several fun excuses to come out and enjoy the Breckenridge Second Saturday Gallery Walk. It’s free and many galleries are doing live demonstrations. Everyone is welcome.
Look for updates on what is coming up in February from Chrissy Kinslow.
I’m sure many people wonder how the art at Teal gets priced. There are definite mistrusts about the subject and it does seem like an awkward question to most people. I hope that this lays your fears and curiosity to rest, so that you can enjoy the art.
Distilled, pricing includes the materials, time and ideas of the artists, the commission for the gallery, and demand for the artist. Beginning with demand, an artist’s career is really similar to a professional athlete’s. An athlete spends the early life learning the skills to be, say, an amazing basketball player. Many, many people play basketball, but only a few have the ambition, skill, or luck to become professional. Similarly, most people have some claim to being an artist whether it be doodling or sculpting. The job of the gallery is to be the scout and find the ones that are going to be stars.
Why do we need to add a commission in for the gallery? There are several reasons. One is that no one would be able to see any art if the galleries weren’t there to display it. Some art is sold online, but it is hard to get the feeling and details from most art from photographs. You can compare this for yourself if you look at art on Teal’s website then come in and see it for yourself. Galleries also host events for people to meet the artists. This might be awkward if it had to be done in an artist’s home. Finally, artists are rarely business people. What does this mean? It means that they spend their time creating and not marketing accounting, publicizing, and planning events. An art gallery is almost like a cooperation of many artists and a gallery in which none of us could live with out the other.
The main factor in pricing art is the art itself. Each artist is in a different place in their careers, so they have a different demand for their art. No one will pay much for the rookie, but everyone would pay alot for Michael Jordan. Of course, you have to like the sport or style of art. I wouldn’t pay a thing for a cricket star, no offense if you are from any other country than the US, I just don’t love cricket. But if art is something you love or something you are discovering, art will enrich your life, no matter who your star player turns out to be.