Below is a look at the final component of Harvest’s definition and what it means to our Gallery and artists.
4: an accumulated store or productive result.
This means we put our planting to work. We didn’t just plant one seed – but many. We put in the extra hours at the gym more than once. We created more than just one piece in the studio. We smiled and said hello and invested into someone else’s life every time we saw them. And now we are strong and healthy, now we have a collection of works that keep getting better and better, and now we have life-long friends or loyal customers. A farmer doesn’t plant one seed and plan to feed both his AND your family with it. He plants many. And through the trials, the seeds that survived become his plenty to fulfill your few. His result is productive. It is out of our overflow we can help others, but it started with planting our own seeds.
Harvest is not just an act, but a mindset and state of being – of actively doing and pursuing the things we need and want in order to give what others need and want. To bring it all back around to art and the gallery, I believe artists live in the mindset and state of harvest. They pursue their passions to create something that will ultimately speak life into someone else. Anne paints angels. She uses her talents and passions in order to give hope and help the less fortunate. My abstract artists create deep, meaningful, cognitive pieces that help others find meaning in their own life. My impressionistic and realism artists share the beauty they see, so that you, the consumer, can forever behold that beauty.
My artists are sowers of seeds they may never see reaped, which can be difficult for an artist. They don’t always see the install or meet the person who proudly displays their work, but I hope that they know through Anne Neilson Fine Art, they have helped plant the seed of a harvest someone else will forever reap. Not just in the art, but in the way we’re able to financially give back through it. ANFA is committed to giving back 10% of all gallery sales to our exhibition partners – organizations and charities within the Charlotte community. We are blessed to give out of our overflow so that others have the opportunity to plant their own seeds, that perhaps were not available to plant before.
So while Harvest is still only seasonally appropriate to the majority of our society, I charge you to make Harvest the banner over your life. To dig deep, sow seeds, cultivate a mature crop, take hold of the blessings, and give out of your overflow. Harvest your relationships, harvest your work, harvest your passions, harvest yourself. Let’s continue to till the ground and bring forth a harvest of change – you can count on us to be doing that. Can we count on you to do it with us?