Friday, September 26, 2008

It's a Man!

How do you fit a 10' sculpture through a 7' door? (Those of you who traveled with us on the QCFA Arts Cruise just smiled as visions of a 7' piano in a 6' elevator crossed your mind.) :)

This week we became the proud foster parents of a 800 lb, 10-foot cast bronze, Self-Made Man by Bobbie Carlyle. Bobbie and her fiance drove him here from Colorado, strapped to a flat bed trailer along with a host of other sculpture. What a vision he was rolling down First Street on the way to his new
home away from home. It took several of our new neighbors and two friends visiting the gallery to
move him from the trailer, down the sidewalk and through the gallery doors. Then there was the exciting task of helping him stand. Once that was completed, we all stood back in awe and admired our accomplishment.
Our good friends Joe Sanders and Ali Howard were on hand for the event. And I do mean "on hand." Both of them pitched in to help move the sculpture and were most happy to pose with him for his first official QCFA portrait.

Available in 10 sizes from 12 inches to 14 feet, this sculpture definitely makes a statement. When I admire him, I often think about my wonderful Quent; he is the most amazing Self-Made Man that I have ever met.

Friday, September 12, 2008

East Meets West

As I approach my office each day, I am greeted by one of my favorite paintings in the gallery. Ok, so I have a lot of favorites, but how adorable is "Hometown?" What a fun way to start my day. I especially enjoy the reactions from young and old as they discover this delightful jewel that graces the wall outside my door. It's not a small painting, measuring 57" x 43", but the person who comes along with the right amount of wall space that needs adorning is in for a lifetime of joy from this original painting by Han Wu Shen. I'll be a little sad to see it go, but then we're really just foster parents and enjoy finding homes all over the world for our wonderful 'children.' Han Wu's collectors are snapping up his originals as some of his paintings make it to auction and are bringing higher than his normal asking prices. If you have been contemplating purchasing an original oil painting by Han Wu Shen, treat yourself soon. You'll be glad you did.