Seven ‘Firsts’ with Art – by Don Minnick

Seven ‘Firsts’ with Art – by Don Minnick Once you get serious, you don’t just appreciate art, you have a ‘relationship’ with art.  And just like in your most meaningful human relationship, there comes a time when you step back and think about all of your ‘firsts’. Here are my top seven ‘art-relationship’ firsts: The first time you put off buying something essential (like groceries) or paying a bill because you spent the money on a work of art. The first time you removed a piece of furniture from your home so you would have room to hang a painting. The time you traveled all the way back to a distant city just to purchase a piece of art because you had seen it passing through on vacation three weeks earlier and couldn’t get it off your mind. The first time you were brought to tears by the beauty of art. OK…well I wasn’t ‘actually’ brought to tears. But I was close. More about that in a minute. First a little background. James Elkins, professor of Art History at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has written a wonderful book: Pictures & Tears. In it, he details the way art can move us strongly, unexpectedly, even to tears. He writes: ‘Most us have never cried in front of a painting, or even felt anything very strongly. Pictures make us happy. Some are lovely and relaxing to look at. The best are gorgeous, mesmerizingly beautiful – but really only for a moment or two and then we’re off to something else’. In contrast, the chapters in Elkins book...

Activity Updates!

Since my last update, the following additional activities have already happened or will take place shortly: 1.) Honorable Mention for “Chimney Rock” at the Wimberley Valley Art League juried Gallery Show May 2018. 2.) “Bird” was juried into Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery Show July 2018. 3.) Inclusion of “Look Into My Eyes” (Honorable Mention) and “Light Sleeper” in Issue No.34 of Artist Portfolio Magazine (online at artistportfoliomagazine.com, pages 84 & 85). Fellow artists from around the world are represented in this magazine. 4.) Juried into Studio Visit Magazine for the Summer 2018 issue soon to be delivered to galleries and museums around the country. Will include “Web” and “Treasure Hunt”. 5.) Juried into Studio Visit Magazine for the Winter 2018-19 issue to be produced in early 2019. Will include “Every Picture Tells A Story Don’t It” and “Westvleteren”. 6.) For a second year, I will be participating in the Big Medium / East Austin Studio Tour on 10,11 and 17,18 November 2018. I will be located in the Soma Vida Gallery at 2324 E. Cesar Chavez in Austin, TX. Plan to come out for a visit to this gallery and the many others on the tour. 7.) Looking forward to participating in a two-person gallery show in the near future. More details will be forthcoming. 8.) And, please read Don Minnick’s Blog entitled “Seven Firsts With Art” that I have included under a separate...

Arts Business Institute Website Article

Please visit www.artsbusinessinstitute.org to read an article about my work including photographs of selected pieces. This came about as a result of the award I received from ABI in October as mentioned in my previous posting. ABI is a great resource for artists with much info on the website. And their Business Summits are well worth...

Commendation!

Thanks to Carolyn Edland and Wendy Rosen, Directors of The Arts Business Institute for an invaluable seminar at the Austin Art Business Summit 21 & 22 October, and for selecting “Hunting Good Will” to receive the Director’s Choice Award at the event. I’ll be featured in an upcoming interview profile article presenting my portfolio, which will be published on the ABI website. Thanks also to the Creative Arts Society and Leslie Kell, President of CAS for setting up this event in...