A Good Home. Will My Art Find One? / by Mary Jennings

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Spring is a popular time for creative fundraising and I get several calls to donate my art, time and/or talent to the these events.  I am always more that happy to do so.  As a matter of fact, I was working on a painting early this morning and reflecting on how participating in these various events have helped me place my work in some wonderful homes. corolla bridge

A couple of weeks ago, during a Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, the winner of one of my plein air watercolors gave me a great big hug as she was genuinely thrilled to own this art.  I feel  settled in releasing these works when I am confident that they are settling into a good home with new happy owners.

These works are like my children.   I remember when each work came to life.  It's like I'm their mother and it's natural that I would care about whether or not they are loved and cared for by their owner.   It is so interesting to know that most people who don't actively build their art collection are mostly unsure where to put the art when they get it home.  I understand how that can be a delicate process and if you are unsure, there are ways you can get help.  As a matter of fact, I can help with this.

I am able to conduct in home art placement consultations.  I am able to help you place your existing art and make suggestions about other art that you might feel comfortable about purchasing to add to your collection.  Yes, you can be an art collector.  It's a wonder way of adding warmth and character to your home.

Screen Shot 2013-05-11 at 11.15.15 AMAnother wonderful opportunity to consider in the search of a comprehensive art collection as well as agreat ideas for the home and garden is the 13th Annual Tuckahoe Elementary Home and Garden Tour, Saturday, May 18, 12:00 noon to 5:00pm.  This event benefits Tuckahoe's Discovery Schoolyard.  You can purchase tickets here.  Or you can learn more about the amazing Discovery Schoolyard here.

One of the homes on the tour will be filled (all rooms, every floor) with my art.  It's a brand new home and the builder asked if I would be interested in placing my art in this house.  I was thrilled.  This is a fundraiser that is near and dear to my heart.  My kids went to Tuckahoe when the Outdoor Discovery Schoolyard was being created and I was actively supporting fundraising efforts and know many of the parents who spent many hours dedicated to bringing this outstanding learning opportunity to life for our kids.  This program has grown and is now also part of the curriculum at several Arlington (and other) Elementary schools.

I have several pieces of work that are inspired by the beautiful Discovery Schoolyard itself.  Come see my art and watch me paint too.  I am setting up my easel and pallet to paint the day away while many visitors tour this beautiful house.  This is a huge house, yet from the outside it maintains the existing charm of the cul de sac lined with established Arlington homes.

Sidenote: I will be dedicating the whole day to a dear friend who passed away last week.  Penny Kiser was extremely active in the formation, fundraising, and support of the Discovery Schoolyard up to just a few weeks ago.  She gave her best and we are privileged to have benefited from her time and talent.  She will be very missed, but her love and hard work found a good home.