So, last night, I attended the Art Flood Benefit hosted by Hands On Nashville at the Billups Art Gallery in East Nashville. I got there just past 6:30 PM with the intention of scoping out all of the art and snatching one up before somebody else got their grubby hands on it. Here's the blow-by-blow . . .
I stood at the entrance where I paid the $5 admission and where the attendant asked me how old I was and insisted that I show my ID (WHAAAAT?). For sure, that was definitely a compliment. Said attendant kept getting interrupted, and I grew irritated knowing that with each passing second somebody else would be buying an art piece that was more suited for me. UUUGGGH.
Finally, I entered the gallery. I was relieved to see that it was not your usual frou-frou and pretentious type of affair that these kinds of events tend to become. Like a crouching tiger (hidden dragon), I quickly devoured each piece with my eyes to see if something resonated with me. Several pieces actually did. One of them was a piece by my friend Jessica Hill that somebody already bought. Yeesh.
The other was a framed piece that, while very reasonably priced, was still over my budget. After doing a complete perusal of all the works for sale, I went back to the framed artwork. Not only was it a gorgeous, impressionistic piece, but it was already framed AND matted. I envisioned it sitting in the personal library that I hope to have some day, just by my comfy reading chair and ottoman.
So, it was decided. I HAD to have it. The fact that all of my money would go to victims of the Nashville Flood was all the more reason to get my grubby Asian hands all over it. The pluses far outweighed the minuses.
Here's a photo I took this morning of it.
It is a photographic piece that looks like a painting. It was made by Nashville photographer Andy Detwiler. I got to meet him at the event and thank him for making something so stunning. I was drawn to its whimsical, dreamlike, and abstract qualities. Typically, I go for more expressionist, graphic, or modern type of stuff, but something about this work just summoned me to act upon it.
After some research, I found that Andy Detwiler has a website where he sells various prints of his work . . .
Samples of more of his work can be found on this site. He has a deep sense of how to capture beauty in nature. I'm proud to own one of his pieces.
Last night's event lit a fire in my Asian belly. I've long wanted to build a personal art collection, and I think it's time to do so. I already have a modest collection of a few pieces, but I am curious to see what else is out there . . .
I do love me some beautiful art.
Pictured above is Nashville's newly re-opened Schermerhorn Symphony Hall and the beloved home of the Nashville Symphony. It has been re-opened after more than half of a year's worth of repairs due to the big flood of 2010. This building is one of my favorite places in Music City. Whoever had the vision to build a world class facility to house a fine and hugely talented orchestra was a genius. In a corner of the world where country music luminaries rule supreme, I am so proud that there is a home for classical music.
This is a shot of the interior performance hall. It is a grand and stately masterpiece of a building. Naturally, the acoustics are spectacular. There isn't a bad seat in the house in terms of sound.
Art Works!: The photographer explaining a particular piece to curious visitors during the opening.
Buying art in the Philippines is not surprisingly, a good example of how Filipino society works. In short, you have to use your connections.
A few months ago, one of my good friends decided to come out and start exhibiting his photographs. A Catholic Priest blessed with the resources and hunger for traveling, he has over the course of his travels taken dozens of beautiful photos. He confessed to me that he was hesitant to exhibit his work, worried that none of it was good enough. He eventually got over this and sent out invitations to a few close friends and family.
Art Works!: A sample of his invitation, that would eventually be showcased in a national paper.