Episode 40: Second careers and bringing fine art to new audiences. Brooke goes to the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, to talk with founder Larry Elder. After launching three successful dot-coms, Elder took a leap of faith in order to pursue his passion for fine art. The Elder Gallery is celebrating 15 years of serving experienced art buyers, art novices, and artists at all stages of their careers.
Kathy Craig, Belted Swiss, The cow picture we were talking about.
Episode 10: I spoke with Tommi Drake of Grant’s Pass Museum in Oregon about the Curtis Otto exhibition. Tommi was a personal friend of Otto’s and shared some inside stories about what a character he was and what his inspirations were, which was mainly his life on the West Coast. He had a really large collection of work, as he was always painting, but not interested in selling or exhibiting.
Episode 1: Brooke talks with Wim Roefs of the if ART Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina about the Laura Spong at 90 exhibition.
Ninety year old abstract expressionist Laura Spong was doing her art in South Carolina for many years before people “got it.” She says “It’s mostly just putting it on the canvas and then reacting. The first line I put up, I react to that to do another line, so it builds itself in that way. It’s frustrating, because it almost feels like you don’t have any control over the creativity.”
Not one to put on airs, Spong doesn’t pontificate about the meaning or importance of her work, but her resume speaks for itself. She has been featured at Charleston’s Spoleto Arts Festival, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, Charleston’s Smith Killian Fine Art, as well as on the set of the Lifetime television show Drop Dead Diva.