Have you purchased so much artwork over the years that your walls are full? Are you interested in acquiring new artwork, but do not want to part with the pieces in your collection? One solution is to rotate your art to correspond with the changing seasons, and learn how to take care of and store pieces not currently on display.
As the daughter of artists with a pre-existing, and ever increasing art collection, my husband and I long ago ran out of wall space. We wondered what to do with each new piece we acquired. Then it occurred to us that we could enjoy our artwork more by storing some pieces, and then rotating in new work every three months.
Now, in the summer we hang paintings of lovely farms, koi-filled ponds and rushing rivers in our dining and living rooms.
In the fall we un-wrap and display acrylics featuring golden aspens, and then change the tablecloth and other accents around the house to fall colors. We clean, wrap and store the “summer themed” paintings until the next year. Each season we create a fresh look simply because we take some pieces out and introduce previously stored and new artwork. As an added benefit, by rotating our collection, we are able to dust each piece and then check the wall to see if natural or artificial light has caused the wall to discolor.
Below are a few tips to help you take care of your artwork as you rotate your collection:
By rotating your art with the changing seasons, you will be able to care for and appreciate more of your collection over the course of the year. Most importantly, you might find space for that next, new exciting art acquisition.
Image above is The Red Echo by Robert G. Stevens
Note: This article was originally published in The San Marino Tribune. Copyright is with the author.
WHY BUY ART?
By Margaret Danielak © 2017
Over the weekend I shared a glass of wine with one of my frequent art buyers, a woman with investments who not only has a passion for wine, but collecting contemporary traditional art. Her collection includes the work of some very well known western painters, as well as several of the artists I represent. The question “Why buy art?” came up in the conversation and made me think about why buying art, especially right now, is so important.
There are many reasons why people buy art. Some fall in love with the work and cannot imagine living one moment longer without it. In fact, my great joy as an art rep and alternative gallery owner is to bear witness to that moment when someone falls in love with a new work of art and commits to it.
Others buy fine art because it solves a design problem for them. The acquisition adds visual interest to their décor and enhances their living or working environment. Their art reflects their taste and personality and helps define who they are.
Mainly, art makes a house a home. When my father, the illustrator and landscape painter, Robert G. Stevens died, I was put in charge of cleaning out my parents’ home in Santa Fe. After packing up the contents, the very last things I removed were my father’s paintings. With everything else gone the house looked empty but was still their home until I took down his artwork. The effect was devastating. Their home became, in a single moment, just a house to be rented out. All the warmth and all of my father’s unique energy - 55 years of creating art and 78 years of living was gone.
So why buy art?
After all, we can’t eat it nor can we sit on it. The answer: Because now, more than ever, with all of the turbulence in the world, we need to surround ourselves with the unique warmth that only fine art can bring.
Margaret Danielak is the owner of Danielak Fine Art and the author of "A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues" (ArtNetwork Press) which was a featured selection of North Light Book Club.