Art Makes the Best Gifts

I spent Christmas with my in-laws in the mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado.

On Christmas morning, my mother-in-law opened two pretty silver boxes. It was no surprise to her. She had come across a beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklace at Scala’s, a gallery in town. We ooohed and aaaahed appropriately before she finally said, "And the artist lives in Edmond [Oklahoma]." Since we were all from around there, it was an interesting tidbit. But it was more interesting to me because I knew exactly who had made her necklace!

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Rita, my mother-in-law, couldn’t have loved her jewelry ensemble any  more than she already did. But finding out that I knew the artist made it even more special.

RingI, on the other hand, received the most amazingly beautiful ring from my dear, sweet husband. It’s a piece we saw together at a gallery in Salida, CO, last August. I had put it out of my mind, but he was thoughtful enough to get back to the gallery and have it sent for under the tree. It’s less of a ring and more like a piece of sculpture I wear on my middle finger (which I prefer to the traditional wedding-band finger). The photo doesn’t do it justice since you can’t see the sides of the band or the details on the setting.

It’s so special to me that I intend to track down the artist and find out everything about him or her. That adds to the story as far as I’m concerned.

My husband Rob’s birthday is December 31 and I’m giving him art for the first time. I’ve dragged him along to enough galleries and museums that I’m fairly certain of his tastes, which are still developing. In any event, this is a small painting titled "Patchwork Elements" by David Castle, a client of mine here in Denver. It is a watercolor consisting of regular, geometric square in the chartreuse-to-ultramarine family. Each square seems like a painting unto itself, yet feels free to bleed into its neighbor.Castle_2

In a sense, the painting is much like Rob. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical physics (so, very left-brained), but he has taught himself the piano and knows a great deal about classical music (more right-brained). The minute I saw the painting, I knew I wanted to give it to him as a very special gift.

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