Is Art a Luxury?

fine art, galleries, jack welpot, limited edition prints, luxury items, museums, photography

artist:MariaWojtiuk Poland

IS ART A LUXURY? This question was posed today by scoutiegirl, a blogger that I follow faithfully.
As an artist, but I feel more IMPORTANTLY as a LOVER OF ART, the answer has to be yes.Art is luxury because it is something to be breathed in, tasted, swallowed and savored. I know if I was a bazillionaire after giving lots of money away, I would have a house full of ART, why because it makes me feel good. Art that I love inspires me, changes my mood, makes me think and is a momentary visual vacation.
I also love the idea of being able to help support artists and I don’t think people who are not active art collector’s or artists themselves realize what they are really paying for when they buy original art from an artist. There is a perception that it may be too expensive. For me, I never judge a piece to be too expensive, I know that it takes hard work, skill and talent to create a piece and more importantly if it is something I would like to own, then that artist has become a kindred spirit to me through their work:)
I only know that many times I cannot afford it now, rather than thinking it is too expensive.
That being said, for people who live in cities there are amazing FREE resources to look at beautiful works of art…. they are called MUSEUMS… I could spend all day there. And just visiting a museum feel like a luxury to me. My favorite museum that I have visited is The Legion of Honor. I am actually a little teary thinking about it because I had the HONOR to visit it twice with my mentor and dear friend Jack Welpott, who passed away a year ago. His birthday would have been yesterday. He brought me to this amazing place in San Fransisco and we saw everything from Van Gogh, Monet, Manet and Bourgerau. The second time I visited we went and saw the exhibit of Georgia Okeefe. I can feel the whole experience again right now just thinking of it.
Another free place to enjoy art is to visit galleries. Take it all in and see what you connect to and fall in love with.
And of course there is lots of free window shopping online for art now. Including on of my favorite sites ETSY. I love it because I can talk to the artists directly without a middle person.
Remember just because you don’t have the money now, you can enjoy the arts and let it be a part of your life and if you are an artist or gallery owner, don’t take for granted the shopper who windows shops often, they are appreciating what you have to offer and they very well someday may come and make a purchase.
Some Fine Photographers I am following right now:
Brett Edge

ArtTales an AMAZING freestyle RECYCLING-FABRIC Crafter-Artist

ArtTales, crafters, creativity, eco-friendly, LEFTZ, molly O'Bryon-Welpott, owls, plush animals, recycled art, stuffed magazine, trout season, upcycled, whimsy

Fishing season, specifically TROUT season, will start very soon in Pennsylvania and if you live near any lakes, rivers or ponds in PA, you know this is a BIG DEAL!
I found this amazing shop on Etsy recently when I was looking for other artists in Pennsylvania and the uniqueness of her shop…. (HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW THAT MAKE STUFFED TROUT) not the taxidermist kind and not the edible kind??? Probably NONE!
But she does:)

“The trout idea sprung up because of my Uncle, who is an avid fisherman.
Men need to have plushies too ;)”
LEFTZ is the name of her shop.
Unlike myself living in rural Central Pennsylvania, Mary lives in the suburbs of Eastern Pennsylvania. She would love to someday live on a farm and that is also reflected with her mice and owls.

How does Mary approach a new piece?
“Each one starts out as a totally free form design (without a pattern) I love to collect fabric from yard sales, thrift shops, and remnant shops. With the added charm of vintage trims, vintage buttons, and with their signature missing left eye, LEFTZ are born.”
LIZZY the plush Owl

What are LEFTZ?
“LEFTZ (pronounced le-ft-e’s) are handmade plush softies made with reclaimed/upcycled material from yard sales, thrift shops, or my family. These eco friendly plushies are stuffed with recycled plastic shopping bags and are unique in their own way. Their good eye is made from layered vintage buttons. I don’t use patterns just my imagination o.X”
When I asked Mary if she displays her pieces in her home, she passionatly answered, “Absolutely! I have mounted plush on my studio walls, a full-sized Canadian goose, and an 8ft plush alligator hanging from my ceiling. All my other plush are on bookcases in my studio.”
From the magic and success of her work a viewer may think she has been doing this forever, but that is not the case. “I started sewing seriously in June of 09′ Before that I had tried to make quilts but the blocks never seemed to line up correctly. I can’t follow a pattern to save my life!”
I am a firm believer that is how some of the BEST arts and crafts are formed is through giving up using a pattern or list of rules and ArtTales proves it.
You can see a selection of the plush creatures that have been chosen for the vol. 4 summer issue of STUFFED Magazine. It will be out in July and can be found at Barnes & Noble.