Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Home Gallery, A Collector's Paradise

Snapshot of the home gallery of one of our collectors
(Pictured on back wall is the work of Santa Fe artist Kelly Moore. His piece, "Spotted Pony" and one of my (Jennifer Gillia Cutshall) pieces "The Night Still Sobs for Those Favored Hills" hangs on the side wall)
A home that's full of art creates an artful home and one that spurs great conversation and encourages visitors' return.  

As with any great collection it always starts with one piece. That one special work that steals the breath and reminds the viewer that they crave more substantial concerns than ringtones and overpriced coffee.

We crave things that will outlast us...it is elemental to want to witness some part of a legacy.  And through our vision and foresight become a part of it.  Ask any collector why he collects and you will see passion, determination, and romance spill out from every pore.  And why not?  Our collections and our art tell our story.
Gua Tewet, the tree of life, Borneo,Indonesia.
As a young girl in a walk up apartment in Brooklyn I saved every penny to buy additions to my coveted collections.  I collected Breyer horses and Steiff stuffed animals.

"Chocolate Cake"
My First Breyer Horse (not the actual one)
  When the doorbell rang, I peered out the window to see the brown UPS truck. 

 I soared down all 4 flights of stairs to grab the box.  I couldn't wait to open those Breyer horse boxes and close my eyes to breathe in that new Breyer horse smell...a true collector at age 7!
There are incredible collectors out there, collecting amazing things...
Ray Bandar, 50  years of collecting thousands of animal bones.http://worldduh.com/2012/11/01/the-bone-collector-man-amasses-creepy-collection-of-over-7000-animal-skulls-and-bones/
My husband and I hear the call to collect and we are drawn to art, masks (a sampling of our collection pictured below),...

unusual ceramic pieces and mugs...

and a scary amount of books...

Nowadays Rich and I find ourselves on the other side of the table... surprised by collectors' appreciation for our work.  It's refreshing to hear how many people want to add original art to their home collections.  

People of all ages are enjoying art at relatively affordable prices.  I'm always thrilled to hear a young collector tell us that they've been saving in order to purchase their first piece of original art.  
An avid art collector recently sent a wonderful email to us, an excerpt of what Laura wrote:
 "My private world has become more beautiful with each new artistic voice that comes into my home, much like a chiseled crystal that refracts seemingly colorless light into rainbows as it turns."

Her words are like poetry to us!

R U New to buying art?
 Consider the following:
*Start by learning what you like
*Read about art and art collecting  (libraries have great resources)
 *Visit museums and galleries
*Get gallery guides
*Talk to gallery personnel
* Go to art openings
*Talk to other collectors
*Get involved in the local/regional art scene (volunteer)
*Attend art fairs
*join an online art forum
*go on an art lovers vacation 
*always buy work that you love 
*buy work that moves you
*learn about the artist 
(this can be as simple as googling the name
 or as involved as contacting dealers and more)

To help you get started on your next art vacation, a few helpful links to Gallery Guides follow:
Santa FE, NM:

Houston, TX



Ashland, OR

Seattle, WA

Portland, OR
Every Fall in Portland you can tour artist studios:

And if you do travel to the fair city of Roses on an art vacation, please contact us to schedule a studio visit:

If you are stuck at home and can't make it out to view art live, the internet has so many art sites for collecting art...

We have an etsy shop (and there are thousands of artists on Etsy, too)
Visit our shop:

You can convo us directly from our Etsy shop and we are happy to visit with art enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Collectors fill in the gap between the piece and its' destiny.  When we finish a piece...we move on. Hopefully the collector moves in and sees a life for the piece.  It is a beautiful relief!

Our collections bring the sweetest flowers to remind us to stop and breathe in...
Detail from, "You Always Bring The Sweetest Flowers"
by Richard Cutshall
Private Collection

Post by Jennifer Gillia Cutshall

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Hunter's Moon Warms the Night

There's no mistaking the hunter's moon. It's the brightest moon of all the seasons and it comes just in time...when the days are getting shorter.  It beckons the hungry hunter soul through the woods toward the clearing.

The Hunting Party
by Richard Cutshall
The Clearing
by Jennifer G Cutshall

Couples draw into eachother as fruit ripens...

The Couple
by Richard Cutshall

Detail from Ripened
by JG Cutshall

While a sinister sweetness bids murders of magpies to the streets...

The Light At the End of the Street
by JG Cutshall

Who's There
by Richard Cutshall

Who's there?

the shadows speak volumes

Speaking Volumes
by Richard Cutshall

and hills of chocolate are devoured

by Jennifer G Cutshall
by Richard Cutshall
As winter steals autumns' last breath the shine of the apple rolls into the earth and a path begs memories...
Winter Path
by Jennifer G Cutshall

A Rotting
By Jennifer Gillia Cutshall

Rainin’ buckets 
on pumpkins as big as moons
Stranded berries rot behind wire
constant dribbling
of input
like too much rain


roots need stretching
vines need curling

seedlings wither
 on the cushioned rump

wolves skulk the parks
schooling birds
to sing

 I can't believe how quickly the seasons turn.  May the hunter's moon brighten your nights and bring a winter' cache to your door.

Fill the coming season with great art...visit our etsy shop.

Thanks for visiting our blog.
We apprecaite it.
Post by JG Cutshall