What is Good Art?

What is good art? This is a question that many visitors to our gallery ask. The answer is simply - Good art is what YOU like!

If you are looking at pieces of art work and you come upon that one piece that instantly connects with you at the visceral level, you had better seriously think about acquiring it! If you do not, you will remember that one piece with longing in the years to come.

I remember such a piece. It was in the mid-eighties in the artist community of Talacapaci in Arizona. I saw a bronze of a Blue Jay hanging off an oak branch. The jay had a blue patina and only the tips of the leaves touched the base. They looked like they were swaying in the breeze and you could almost hear the raucous croak of the bird. I wanted that piece SO badly but it was expensive, I didn't really have a space for it, it would have been hard to bring back, all the usual excuses. I cannot recall the artist, but I still think about that bird...

The bottom line: Don't listen to the critics, your friends or your mother. Don't worry if it doesn't match your couch or walls. The art will last much longer than your furniture or wall color. If you don't like the frame, it can always be reframed. You are making an investment in something that will sooth your soul and give you enjoyment for years to come.

Why did I post a photo of the Triffid Nebula with this article? Because of all the reasons stated above. When I saw this image, I was touched by the awesome beauty of this remote and wonderful creation. Some of you may agree with me, some may not. Isn't that what art is all about?

Sandy Bonney