I took a visit to the Cinema Art Gallery last week. I love this place. It's amazing that people will go to the bigbox stores and spend hundreds on "faux art," when they could actually purchase a real piece of fine art made by a local artist. I've taken pictures of a few interesting art items to share with you. First is, The Tea House Lantern, left and it was created by artist, Tom Skaggs out of curly black cherry, eucalyptus wood with hand-cast glass shades. $950. The sculpture is entitled Stigma, and was created by artist Jacob Foran. It sells for $2900.
She is lovely! The piece is entitled, "Seated Nude" and was created by Frank Gallo. It sells for $9,500. Gallo is amazing in his artistry. Look at her.
The piece on the left is by Randy Reid and it sells for $600. It is untitled. The next piece is a stoneware jar by Don Firth for $750. I think they belong together, don't you?
The front piece is Panevezys "Woman with Scarf" by Rimas VisGirda, and sells for $2,400. I love this piece. It has such presence. To me, she is a feminine woman with a strong personality-someone to be reckoned with, but with a subtle femininity. It speaks of that "bar" many of us women need to straddle, by being strong, but also being perceived as feminine and, therefore, vulnerable. Go on, girl!!
I just adore this piece! I would place it near my favorite chair so I might gaze at it whenever I am relaxing. It's called simply, "Lamp" by James Wu, and sells for $600. A friend just bought a ginger jar lamp for that price-albeit beautiful, but by far, no piece of original fine art. See what I mean? The Cinema Gallery is one of those tucked away treasures, like the art it houses, just waiting for you to discover it.
Another engaging piece by Tom Skaggs, entitled Ikebana. It's constructed of black cherry, walnut and wenge wood, with ceramic insert, plus a dry arrangement. I looked up wenge wood. I was not familiar with it. Wenge is a tropical timber, very dark in color with a distinctive figure and a strong partridge wood pattern. The wood is heavy and hard, suitable for flooring and staircases. It sells for $975.
I hope you enjoyed this blog. I love art and I like supporting local artists. Come on out to the Cinema Gallery. They're located on Main St., in Urbana. Look for me! I'll be out and about shooting and blogging. Two of my favorite things! Be blessed. ~Bridget