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Collecting Art?

Forget all that ‘supporting the arts’ bunk.
Why should you want to collect art?
Why should you want to spend your scarce resources on mere decoration?

Consider This Scenario:

You’re single, and your job takes up 80% of your free time and you just don’t even notice your walls. Imagine that you found an eye-catching painting that spoke to you.

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Pro-Photonic Sunshine System

So you took down that old poster, and hung the painting there instead. So now, every morning as you’re dashing out the door, you catch a glimpse of the colors and forms in the painting. When you’re on your way to work, you see something that reminds you of the painting. When you come home, you may see something in the painting that helps you see the solution to a problem that you’ve been trying to solve. Weeks later, when you least expect it, you see something totally different in the painting that you really never noticed before. So you start wondering about the artist’s intent for the painting. And then you remember that the artist lives in town, and is always posting about this show or that show, and you could easily show up at a show just to ask the artist some questions. After all, talking about art is one of the things that artists like to do most. Whether the artist shrugs or launches a dissertation on the meaning of the piece, your thoughts will be enriched, because your imagination will be challenged! And then you’ll see more of the artist’s work, and you’ll realize you may have a connection to these pieces too! You turn around and are struck by the absolute truth and beauty of another painting.

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Inevitable Intrusion into the Delusion of Exclusion

You think about buying it, but your funds are too low, so you don’t. But the idea of the painting is knocking around in your brain, becoming almost as important as the painting already on your wall, because it is inspiring emotions and thoughts. It’s even altering the way you see the painting on your wall. In fact, every life event somehow gets recorded in the painting on the wall, because it will be with you, as a silent steady companion, as your life changes and unfolds.

Thermal Sensaton Detoxification
Thermal Sensaton Detoxification

Later, the very same artist posts a picture of a painting that’s very reminiscent of the painting you didn’t buy, but it’s even more evocative, so you arrange to purchase the piece with a payment plan. It takes a few months, but finally, you bring the new painting home, and hang it in a place of honor, over the sofa. The two paintings instantly connect, and your environment begins to transform into a very personal, reflective space, inspiring you in different ways. Home. Home is where the art is.

 

Another Scenario:

You’re starting a family. There’s a toddler in the house, and a baby on the way. As a baby shower gift, that artsy friend gave you a very colorful whimsical painting for the nursery.

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SpWeeeee!!!

The painting is quietly with you as you comfort and nurture your child. You always hope your child will grow to have as much lively fun as the images in the painting. The painting fascinates the children. As they grow up, they ask about the painting, and you’re able to share all kinds of ideas about what the painting means.

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Full Throttle

The artist’s new painting manages to find it way into your social media feed, and you realize it is the perfect companion piece for that first whimsical painting. So you buy it, and hang it with the other painting. Suddenly, the stories you were telling about the first painting evolve to include the new painting. So much imagination and so many giggles! The art becomes a part of the fabric of the family, and always serves as a conversation starter, and a reminder of happy times. Family. Art serves as a type of glue that helps to strengthen family relationships.

 

And Another Scenario:

A family is going through troubled times, which is causing a family member unfathomable grief. Sometimes there are no words that are adequate for expressing that which cannot be said. This is a key specialty of art. A painting has the ability to soothe by acknowledging pain, embracing the darkness, and by offering hope, all at the same time.

The Indescribable Churning of Green
The Indescribable Churning of Green

A painting was found with graceful somber notes, and some small, but significant brighter notes, and it seemed, though somber, to have an overall positive vibe. This painting was hung at the kitchen table. The painting helped to pave the way for family members to be able to talk about profound sadness, maintaining the faith that hearts will eventually heal, and that life continues. It became a powerful symbol of the family’s strength through adversity.

Eternity Out The Window
Eternity Out The Window

Months later, a very similar, but brighter painting came along, and was hung in the dining room, and as the grief slowly subsided, the collection of paintings became livelier, almost documenting and honouring a journey through grief. Mourning. Art can serve to aid in the ability to recover emotionally.

 

And Lastly:

You’ve come through a struggle. The illness has lifted, the ex left town, the long awaited job is finally a reality. It’s time to embrace a new life with perhaps a bit of frivolity. As you forge a healthy new life of positivity, you find art that embraces positivity!

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Inter-Dimensional Transcendental Hop

It just feels good to look at it. This is exactly what you need to inspire creativity and happy thoughts. You hang the painting in the living room, but then the bedroom seems stark.

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Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists

So you find another painting for the bedroom, and eventually, every room has a bright reminder for positivity! Positivity. Happiness. Harmony. Art can serve to enhance a brighter attitude.


Home. Family. Mourning. Harmony.

There are countless other ways that art plays a supporting role as it sees you through your life’s journey.

Westward Yearning Tree
Westward Yearning Tree

Art provides a gateway towards understanding, empathy, and pure joy.
Collecting art is an investment in you, your family, and the betterment of living!

Not to mention supporting your local artists…. 🙂 🙂 🙂



Are You Ready?

If you’re ready to consider starting, or enhancing your art collection, there’s a great opportunity coming to Waterloo Region:

The Ferrari 500 features affordable excellence in art.
Every piece is priced at $500.00 or UNDER.
Hope to see you there!

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Ferrari 500???

As my paintings continue to get painted, and new concepts are becoming expressed, I’m always thinking about ways to sell paintings, in order to make way for even more paintings with more experimentation and more expression…


500?

So, I had the idea of a show where all of the art was very affordable, which to me, means that each painting would be priced at $500.00 – or under!  And then the ideas exploded from there…

From the beginning, I knew that I’d like to have an invitational type of show, where artists that I personally know, and whose work I deeply respect, could come together to put on an event, because together, we are an amazing group of artists.  🙂  And together, we’ll be able to accomplish much more than we could individually.  I am truly honoured to have so many of my friends and local artists agree to be a part of this show!


Ferrari?

The idea for the name, well, at first, it was just a giggle…

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No, not this Ferrari 500!

But, to my surprise, it seemed to have staying power!  Well… why not?  Why not capitalize on having a very recognizable last name, that also is synonymous with the highest quality and undeniable aesthetics?  It also makes sense, because all of the artists involved are top-notch (Ferrari quality!) local artists – and – a big part of the point of the show is to move art!


But Wait!  There’s More!

 

I very much wanted to have a percentage of the proceeds go towards our local community.  So, an important component of the Ferrari 500 is to help out a local nonprofit or charitable foundation by means of donating 10% of all sales to the community organization.


The Event

My vision for the Ferrari 500 is that it becomes a series of pop-up style shows, recurring 2 to 4 times a year, with changing venues, and changing community beneficiaries. Happily, my idea is beginning to transform into a reality.  The Ferrari 500 Debut Exhibition is at hand!

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Button Factory Arts

The venue and the community nonprofit are one in the same, our own local arts hub, Button Factory Arts.  We in the Waterloo Region are so fortunate to have a facility where arts programming can happen, art classes can be taken, and art of all types, and artists from all levels of experience, are nurtured and appreciated. Sadly, due to unexpected structural renovations last fall, Button Factory Arts had to be closed, and therefore, lost a month’s worth of revenue from events and classes.  So the proceeds raised by the Ferrari 500 will help towards restoring funds for operations and events.  Yay!

Venue:       Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo
Date:           Friday, February 24, 2017,  from 4:00pm to 9:00pm


The Artists….

In the first rendition of the Ferrari 500, these 12 artists will take the starting gate:

Cathy Amos
cathyamos.blogspot.ca

Gary Barnett
garybarnett.ca

Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay
dominiquecinq-marsdelay.com

Amy Ferrari
amyferrariart.me

Jennifer Gough
mindseyestudioart.com

nik harron
nikharron.com

James Nye
jamesnye.com

Roslyn Ramsay
roslynramsay.com

Jax Rula
circleworks.net

John Rula
rulart.ca

Julian van Mossel-Forrester
julianvmf.com

Raflar (Ralf Wall)
raflar.com


Get Revved-Up to Become an Art Collector!

The holidays have come and gone. It’s the dead of winter. In Canada. So why not focus on refreshing your home, cottage, or office space with a new splash of colour and lively expression?   The prices will be, by design, low enough, and the atmosphere will be charged with artistic creativity.  Come out and meet and support your local artists, see and support your local arts hub, enjoy some tasty nibbles and drinks, and find some unexpected treasures to cherish for years to come…


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Amy’s Art Attack

Come on down! Join me on Saturday, May 9, as I attempt to engage the public to help me paint a 5ft x 5ft painting at Waterloo town square!

The City of Waterloo (with the help of Button Factory Arts) is working with me to produce an “Art Attack” style installation in Waterloo Public Square in celebration of National Youth Art Week. This event will be delivered in conjunction with eyeGO to the Arts’ event, Extra Curricular.

I’ll be inviting participating youths – along with everyone else – to help me express my view of Waterloo (#PictureYourWaterloo). It’s going to be a classic ‘paint-by-numbers’ scenario, and my painting will come together with the public’s and YOUR help. There are going to 100 individual 6in x 6in tiles that will need painting, so there’s plenty of opportunity contribute to this enormous work of art!

 

 


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Amy Ferrari Art’s Local Venues

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You can see my work in person!
While seeing the photographs of paintings is quite helpful, there’s nothing like being able to see a painting in person! The listings below are all places in the Region of Waterloo where you can go to view actual paintings.  Also, I’m always happy to meet you at any of these places, just send me an email and we can schedule a time to meet.


Chrysalides House of Art
School of Fine Art and Gallery
www.CHRYSALIDESHOUSE.ca
619  Wild Ginger Avenue, unit A2, Waterloo Phone:  519 208-5961

Chrysalides House usually has one or two of my paintings in the Gallery. This location features a gallery, gift shop, an art studio, printmaking studio and creative play lounge, where they offer ongoing weekly fine art classes for both children and adults.


Office of Lou Seguin, Tax Accountant
72 St. Leger Street, Unit 300, Kitchener

This is the space where I previously shared a studio space with Lou Seguin, my good friend and tax accountant.  Happily, Lou is keeping some of my available art on his walls, so the paintings don’t have to sit in storage, and you can visit them any time!  And Lou is a great tax guy if you need one!  (Contact him directly – louseguin@bellnet.ca ) While Lou usually welcomes visitors,  (Well, maybe not so much during tax season unless you’re a client!) it is best to contact me so I can set up a time to meet you there.


Button Factory Arts Gift Shop
Button Factory Arts
25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, ON, N2J 1R8

I usually have some smaller pieces and prints hanging around at the gift shop.  There are soooo many cool items there all year-round.  Christmas season is extra special, as the gift shop overtakes the gallery space in December!

A recent addition to the gift shop is this amazing cabinet!  Scott Crockard has created and is selling custom furniture featuring panels of my work!  So cool!

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Amy Ferrari Art Studio
Button Factory Arts
25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, ON, N2J 1R8

This is my little home away from home.  My studio hours tend to be spotty, so to be sure to catch me at the studio, please contact me!


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