Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Testimonial from the Finigans"

"Bill and I thought you might get a kick out of seeing "Orange Tree" in its new home. (Our builder had a photographer come and take some photos of our house for their web site, and in the kitchen/dining room photos, you can see it prominently displayed.) While we have at least four McRay pieces scattered about the house, "Orange Tree" is still my favorite -- It makes me happy every day."

"Erik & Christine's McRay Art Collection"

"Anyway, just wanted you to know how much we are still enjoying the art. . . the Jazz piece is in our living room; the Nudes and Hearts are in our front entry way; and the Shrimp piece is in our kitchen."

Take care, Erik & Christine

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Paige Berrier: Renaissance Woman"

Please take time to view a short stop-motion video by Paige Barrier, former intern and studio assistant at McRay Studios. She's currently a high school senior at the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts. This young lady is a renaissance woman blessed to be able to sing, perform music, paint, draw, sculpt and is a budding film maker. Keep an eye on her and remember her name.

Friday, May 14, 2010

"My Eighth Paris Alexander"

Added my eighth piece by Paris Alexander to my extensive personal art collection. I own works by Peter Max, Kyle Highsmith, Dianne Rodwell, Keith Norval, Jason Craighead, Stephen Silverleaf, Gerry Lynch, Judy Crane, Andre Leon Gray, Gustavo De Los Rios, Tony Alderman, Peter Butler, Tim Postell, Leni Newell, Stephen White, and many others. I love art!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"How to Collect Art"

TIPS ON ART COLLECTING: Ten things to remember when starting to collect art!

Tips for beginning art collectors as well as for experienced art collectors. Good reminders for anyone interested in art or already collecting art.

1. Buy art because you like it and because it moves you and because it will enhance your life.
2. Visit as many art galleries as you can, gallery staff can be helpful guides in your art education.
3. Get on artists and gallery mailing lists so you'll be invited to openings and special events.
4. Visit and join your local art museums and non-profit art centers. Curators sometimes give lectures on collecting art.
5. Attend national and international art fairs and art expos whenever possible.
6. If you know art collectors, talk to them and find out what they know and what they've learned about collecting art.
7. Read books on art history and books about collecting art.
8. Subscribe to a few art magazines.
9. Read reviews by local and national art critics, keeping in mind that reviews usually just reflect one persons opinion.
10. Working with a professional art advisor/art consultant is a good way to learn about art collecting, and they will guide you through the process of purchasing art.

Once you've educated yourself and have fallen in love with a work of art, buy it, take it home and enjoy it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010