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A New Journey

April 14, 2013 in Art,art education,Art Gallery,Artists,Development,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,Paintings,Personal Development,Teaching | Comments (0)

Prairie Storm, 9 x 12, by Pamela Poll

My late husband always said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”  — one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was a wise man and so was my husband.  He would urge our children and friends to enjoy life’s journey regardless of outcome when they experienced a disappointment or failure with this quote.  Collecting art is a journey too.  Sometimes we are afraid of what we don’t know and don’t trust our instincts.  As a gallery owner, I have often seen the look in someone’s eyes, even tears, when a special painting triggers an emotion, but because of their lack of experience or understanding of a particular art form they walk away empty handed. They fail to experience the wonderful gift of art as part of their journey.

Like anything we do in life, it is important to trust our instincts when thinking about art.  Including meaningful works of art in our life changes who we are.  It adds a new dimension to the person we can be.  It connects us to the world we live in similiar to other art forms such as a beautiful song, or memorable stage performance or award-winning literature. These experiences make us who we are, a more fullfilled being.
How often have you purchased tickets for a show and walked out disappointed?  Started a book everyone raved about, and put it down out of boredom? You might even purchase a piece of art that you are less than enchanted with months down the road, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy art … or reading another book or going to another performance?  We all make mistakes. Taking tiny steps, on your journey of life, allows you to grow and … smell the roses along the way. As you get more familiar with your own interests, tastes, and spend a little time exploring what types of art speak to you, you will find the perfect gem to make your life sweeter.  Take a step toward the journey of collecting.  It is fastinating and exciting.
In closing, I share another Emerson quote that happens to be one of my favorites:  “It is not the length of life, but the depth.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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