Hi, I’m Amy. My husband and I scour estate sales and flea markets in the Northeast hoping to find original works of art that we love. It’s our mission to preserve, display and now share art for art’s sake. The works we love may or may not be signed, but it’s neither here nor there for us. If we love it, we buy it (within reason!). Of course, we do appreciate a signature and/or date in order to research the piece’s origin and give credit where credit is due.
And credit is due, right? I think it’s safe to say that every artist wants their work to be seen and appreciated. It hurts me to think that some pieces have been left languishing in attics or basements when they could be out in the world enriching somebody’s life. That may sound dramatic, but it’s true for me. I have a few pieces that I simply adore and could look at for days on end while imagining stories about what inspired the piece and what’s transpiring in the piece.
If a work speaks to you, if you give it a triple glance, if it gives you a fluttering butterfly feeling in your gut, or elicits a memory, automatic smile or tear, or simply piques your curiosity…you should have it in your home. It’s as simple as that. Art is one of the top subjective things in existence, in my opinion. It’s quite possibly tied with romantic love in terms of subjectivity – I mean, who can explain who we love and why we love them?!? Whitney Houston sang “I don’t know why I like it, I just do” at the beginning of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra have both sung the 1931 classic “I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do). It’s a real thing, this inexplicable love of a person (or a work of art).
To borrow a phrase from my son’s first grade teacher: “You like what you like and that’s all right!” I love and appreciate Dali, O’Keefe and Picasso as much as the next person, but it’s almost more special, I think, to find an “unknown” artist who speaks volumes to me.
If you give it a chance and look around a little bit, you may find your artistic soul mate for no logical reason whatsoever, other than what they have created makes you feel good.
I hope you have as much fun perusing our gallery as we had curating it. I hate to let any of these works go, but I know they will be heading to good homes.