As a part of the mission of the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), a symposium on collecting African American Art was held at a the Mercedes Benz Buckhead hosted by Juanita and Gregory Baranco on November 11th.
With a panel made up of the current NBAF president Dr. Michael Simanga, collector John Palmer, curator Karen Comer, collector Amika Dawkin, and artist Ratcliff Bailey, several pointers were given.
One was to buy what you like. NBAF board member Heather Holly compared it to dating. For Holly, you see that cute guy you like across the room and you have to decide if your relationship with him will be a fling or a long term thing. But the ultimate goal is to have fulfilling long term relationship which is an investment, as she did with her husband. Don’t be afraid to start learning and looking and discover what you like.
The good thing about art is that there are price points for all collectors. Some of John Palmer’s favorite pieces cost as little as $100. He looks to support up and coming artist. He did note that you will not find collectable pieces of art at Target or Pier One. Take the first step and visit local galleries and become informed.
Investing in art is not only a long term commitment, but also helps current artists as they develop their craft.
Arnica Dawkins’ Gallery specializes in photographs; Dawkins acknowledges that the prices for her works are set in New York and different markets. But she believes art enriches our lives and she strives to connect people to pieces they may like.
Radcliffe Bailey spoke about his artwork; his pieces serve as deep conversation he has between himself and the world around him. His recent show at the High Museum was one of the most attended and Bailey is a world renowned figure in the art community.
The prevalent theme to that afternoon discussion was to have fun and bring home something that will add a little joy to your life.
For details on upcoming programs at NBAF visit: www.nbaf.org
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Rain and Fire in Sedona
A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography.
What to do, what to do.
Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!
The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.
When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold.
We were about to become glass blowers!
Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.
Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”
Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.
Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.
Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.
Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.
They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor.
Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing!
Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.
If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!
How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!
Join Us at the 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival This Weekend!
Rock & Roll Fine Art Show at Artegon Marketplace
Ron Campbell, Beatles Yellow Submarine Animator & Beatles TV Cartoon Director to Appear Live at the Show Creating Original BEATLES CARTOON PAINTINGS
The “1059 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale” Features Artwork Created By Rock Stars, Famous Rock Photographs, Album Artwork, Gold Records, Concert Posters, Animation Art & More…Plus a Special Rolling Stones Exhibit in honor of their upcoming concert. All Works Are Available To Purchase
1059 SUNNY FM is welcoming a one of a kind rare Rock & Roll fine art show to the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 7th , 2015. The “1059 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale” is a unique collection of original art, lithographs, photographs, concert posters, gold records, album art and more from the greatest rock artists of all time, plus a live appearance from Beatles animator Ron Campbell. Campbell will be exhibiting his original Beatles cartoon art as well as painting new works at the show. The show is free and open to the public on Friday, June 5 th through Saturday, June 6th from 10am – 9pm and Sunday, June 7th from 11am – 6pm. All works are available to purchase.
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