In my office, there is a wall of hammered aluminum trays made by a man named Arthur Armour. I had the very good luck to meet this man at a decorative aluminum show in Pennsylvania many years ago. I was already inspired by his work, so, it was not the meeting that led to this collection, but the need to see all that he had done. There are actually, many aluminum collectors, some very serious, and others just appreciators . I fall into the appreciator category with a tweak. I am the appreciator who needs to know a little bit more. I need to know who the artist was or is and why they created the art. I need to know how they felt about their creations. For me it gives the art a sense of purpose. I am and always will be the great art appreciator. I will never be a great artist. I was raised in a family of artists and art appreciators and have raised children on the same path. One is an art school graduate with a degree to teach art, one plays several instruments in school and is quite a good graphic artist, and the youngest is well on his way to being an excellent photographer. My grandmother was an amateur artist, my uncle was an art teacher and accomplished artist in his own right, my mother in law is an artist,both of my brothers in law are artists, one being a photographer and the other an art director at a large publishing company, and my mother has always been an appreciator. With a background like this, I could go down no other path than that of an artist. When I was in France, I became emotional at the Louvre when gazing at the beautiful work from centuries ago. I spent hours and hours walking through the museums in New York. Now I find myself attracted to a more naive form of art and a need to know the artist. The aluminum collection is being cut back to a few special pieces, but that does not mean that I love it less. It just means that it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to enjoy it. I have been adding items to my collection that I have found at craft shows and even on ebay. I have actually met some very warm, open, artists through ebay and have had the good fortune to pick up a few of their pieces before others started collecting them. Meaning, they were affordable to me at the time. Paintings that I have on the walls in my living room right now by Alida Akers were inspired by the work of Clarice Cliff. I find them to be soothing and comforting and they are just my style....for now.
The randomly chosen winner of the giv-a-way for naming the Goth girls is Laura at My Little Orange Kitchen. So Laura, if you will send me your address, I will get these goodies out to you. The favorite names were Priscilla, Patience, Agatha, Prudence, Penelope, and Patty. Thank you to everyone who made a comment or sent an email. It was fun to read what you thought. I am very happy that everyone enjoyed that post. I love being able to share these special things with you.