It’s probably no surprise to you that I’m writing on this subject matter. After all, I’m a gallery director. My main job is to sell art. But it’s been said before, “what” we do is never nearly as important as “why” we do it. So let me explain my “why.”
Why do I sell art?
Well, not to oversimplify it, but it’s fun. My office is the dreamiest space you’ve ever seen – with crisp white walls, high ceilings, exposed beams, natural lighting to die for, the echo of artists moving around their studios upstairs (not to mention their furry friends that come to work with them), and the most extraordinary art hung gracefully all around. I can’t imagine ever reverting to days I was stuck behind a cubicle where the painfully beige office walls had no art. I mean zero. Talk about uninspiring – both professionally and ultimately personally. The lifeless walls I had no choice but to look at arrested my dreams and kept me from believing in more for my life professionally. Which is WHY I believe art is important to the eyes. What we look at defines so much what we think about. What we think about, defines so much of what our heart believes. What our heart believes often determines the words we speak and the actions we live out. We must be mindful of what we give our attention to, and I believe art can be and is a catalyst for change, both personally and socially. So why do I sell art? Because I want to help inspire others, one beautiful piece at a time.
Why do I sell art for Anne Neilson?
This is a no brainer. Not only does ANFA have the best roster of artists in all of Charlotte, we are dedicated to a purpose much bigger than ourselves. More than being a successful gallery. More than having the best artists. More than having a pretty space. We believe in making a difference through art. Our mission is to give back into our community and share with you all the incredible charities and organizations that exist in Charlotte. Anne is dedicated to helping the homeless, inspiring hope to the less fortunate, and bringing joy to a child’s face. It is my honor and privilege to come along side of her in this mission and bring my best to maximize our impact. A portion of all gallery sales goes back into our community, and I couldn’t be more blessed by this commitment. I’ve read before that the same endorphins that are released when the human brain reacts to “winning,” are the SAME endorphins that are released when we GIVE. With each sale in the gallery, I get excited knowing we are able to help all the more. I can’t think of a better reason to come into work every day.
Why I believe fine art is a sound investment:
Perhaps similarly to my first question, I’ve experienced first-hand how great art can affect the soul. Clients come in looking for one thing, but fall in love with something else. Why? Because they connected with it on a much deeper level. Call it emotional, spiritual, whatever the case may be, but it is undeniable. I’ve passed the tissue box more times than I can remember. Over art! Art cannot audibly speak. Art cannot give affection. But somehow, it whispers into our soul and changes us.
Art can represent a hobby, a loved one, a place you love to visit, or simply make a room look good; but whichever purpose it serves, it leaves a legacy of who you are. It is an extension of you, your beliefs, feelings, thoughts, hopes, and dreams, and therefore art initiates and deepens relationships. It evokes conversation, questions, and opinions that might not otherwise have been shared. It establishes both spoken and unspoken connections between family members and strangers alike – giving way to the walls we build and assumptions that keep us from uniting. These raw, vulnerable relationships are what push humanity forward toward understanding and love.
Lastly, original artwork does differ from replicated pieces. Every original piece has a story that lives inside of it. The story of the artist – their belief and determination to create something beautiful, understood, and valued. Original art is the voice of an artist captured, only to live on as interpreted by its beholder. Each stroke, each layer, each technique – all uniquely applied by another human being living in that moment. A machine only does what it’s told. An artist does what it feels.
Art is so much bigger than the space I have to type about it here. It’s bigger than me; it’s bigger than you; and its impact is universal and transcendent of time and space. Now that you know my why, I’d love to invite you to pay a visit and find your own!