Sunday, the Hubbs and I went to our favorite neighborhood coffee shop for an art opening. Said coffee shop displays paintings, drawings and photographs from up-and-coming artists, who are usually Chicago-based and pretty hip.
To date, we had always liked the work but hadn’t felt the urge to actually invest. (I was tempted by an photo/portrait series, but it was out of my price range.)
Last weekend was a different story.
We are the proud new owners of a big, beautiful, bright piece from Shira Ballon, who not only creates delicious mochas but also creates amazing abstract art. (Her Flickr stream shows some of her work.) The piece itself is shown above — but I have to tell you, it is SO MUCH BETTER in real life. It’s bold and textural and looks different to everyone, and it was inspired (and created) during Shira’s recent six-month residency in Israel. Do you have any idea how you feel when you see people walking by a piece of art, and they say, “WOW, that is awesome” and then the artist says, “Oh, it’s already been purchased by those two lovely people”? I felt fantastic and so proud. Now I understand why all those rich people like to buy fancy, expensive art. And it’s so much better that we know and like the artist as a real, live human being.
You can see Shira’s art in person at Star Lounge Coffee through mid-June, or you can see it in our apartment shortly after that. 🙂
*Question: Does the word “patron” implicitly suggest a man? But nobody says “matron of the arts” — do they?