Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Supporting Artists

I’m on vacation this week and am stricken by one very sad trend I see around the country, including here in Breckenridge. The trend? The closing of art glass galleries. Foxridge gallery in Breckenridge closed last year. This year the Pismo galleries in Denver, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Aspen are closing. The Vetro Gallery in San Antonio closed recently, leaving the Kittrel-Rifkin Gallery in Dallas as the only art glass gallery in Texas. Most of these closings have one thing in common – lack of support for artists.

I guess what is sad about the loss of galleries is that each gallery supports many artists. Without support, the artists will not produce works of art. Writers are creative artists as well. All artists need support, or else the infrastructure that supports them will disappear, just as art glass galleries are disappearing. I have never had visions of huge book sales; however, I know that is not the case for many others. It is also not the case for the editors and publishers who support us. All artists who labor to produce a work of art, whether sculpture, writing, painting, or some other form, also want their products to reach people who appreciate their work. Even self-published authors need the Internet infrastructure that enables that type of distribution.

My wife and I have always been supporters of those who produce the type of art we enjoy. We purchase art glass, paintings, and attend plays and performances. Art is expensive, but we know the price of surrounding ourselves with beauty supports the artists and the infrastructure needed for the artists to survive. Relative to authors, I purchase books on occasion, and I try to do my part to market my own books as well as the publishers who have invested in me. As authors, it is vital that we self-promote our work because, without individual sales, the infrastructure that supports us will, like so many glass galleries, simply disappear. In my opinion, that would be a great loss.

In conclusion, I can only encourage everyone who reads this to support the artist/author of their choice. For individual authors, remember that it is vital to promote your own work and your publishers. The only way the industry will survive is if we all do our part.

Thanks for reading,

James L. Hatch


jean hart stewart said...

I love glass art and the pieces you depicted are beautiful. I assume you own these, and wish you had included that. I have several beautiful pieces too and have long been a nut about glass art. Thanks for showing us more....

Tina Donahue said...

What beautiful work.I especially love the third one - the blue vase.

Wow - it would be a tragedy to lose work like this.

James L. Hatch said...

Hi Tina and Jean:

I only own the art work shown in the last of the pictures, but I have works by the first two artists which are equivalent ... and many vases by other artists similar to the one shown. I have been collecting art glass for 23 years, and my wife even designed our current house to display it. We will probably leave our collection to the Austin Museum of Art when we pass because none of our children have the wherewithal to manage it. I am very much an art lover, and have a few incredible paintings as well. Of course, my point in writing was that, unless more people support the arts and the artists that contribute, those things will vanish. I hope with all my heart that does not happen.

Thank you both for stopping by.

James L. Hatch