Having said that, I can't think of anything better to decorate my home with than original art from local artists. You may share the same wall color with your neighbor or have drapes in the same fabric. You may even have the same sofa, lamp shade, throw pillows or bed cover. These types of decoration -- functional or purely decorative -- are mostly mass-produced and although they are beautiful and reflect your personal style, nothing makes a statement about you and your taste like a piece of artwork. It shows your support for artists, your passion for their work and your desire for unique pieces that compliment your home as well as spark conversation among your guests. The pieces of art that you are drawn to and that you choose to include in your home's decor not only speaks volumes for the artist who created it, it speaks volumes for the person you are for having chosen and purchased it. It can show your quirky side or your soft side. It can reveal your interests -- your passions. What you display in your home in terms of art and decoration often forms a repetitive visual pattern of what colors, designs and styles sing to your soul.
I attended the Granby Artists Association's Open Studio Tour the weekend of October 8th and was in awe at the talent we have right in our own back yard! Every town across the country and around the globe has artists creating awe-inspiring works and many pieces are for purchase. Like Avis Cherichetti at Honey Hill Pottery who creates Raku pottery using a firing techniqe dating back to 16th century Japan. Or Kate Snyder who forms her vision of nature into one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver jewelry. Or Laura Eden whose paintings reflect her vision of art that appears in nature all around us.
I hope you can get out to an arts and crafts fair this fall and support the local artists by purchasing a piece of artwork that sings to you!
You can learn more about Avis and see her work on her website: http://www.honeyhillpottery.us/
You can learn more about Kate and see her jewelry on her website: http://www.joyofsilver.com
You can learn more about Laura and see her paintings on her website: http://www.laurajeden.com