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Sunday, 18 October 2015

CHAPTER 11: FUN - ROBERTO WEIL


 
Avila Estrellado  - 36 x 45 cm - Art print Hahnemuhle

It has always struck me the conciseness and efficiency of the English language.
In Spanish FUN is “Divertido”, in French: “Amusant” and in German must be something like “Subentrujenbajenwienerstrudel”.
Yet, FUN, is an overused and sometimes tired word. You can hear it hundreds of time everywhere, and then at some point it loses its power.
But then again, when you mix the word FUN, with the word ART, then you have an explosion.
Today I want to talk to you about an explosion:
ROBERTO WEIL.
I have been following him secretly, as any sensible human being that believes the best part of the newspapers are the cartoons.
I  bought a picture by him back in 2003, in Caracas, in a beautiful exhibition called “Caricaturista  en Africa” (Cartoonist in Africa), just captivated by his masterful use of color, lines and sense of humour.
Roberto Weil has been, for all these years, an invisible, quiet presence, here, in my home in Canada.
Suddenly, by even more fortunate series of events and happy connections, Roberto Weil is now filling the walls of VER Art Gallery’s web page with his brilliant interpretation and expression of our idiosyncrasy,  our city Caracas, our magic mountain “ The Avila” and those everyday moments captured in flight.

Avila Panoramico Amarillo - 74 x 22 cm - Art print Hahnemuhle
Roberto Weil is an artist, part of the imagery of every Venezuelan of my generation.
His style is unmistakable.
His mordacity eloquent.
His touch masterful.

Avila Protesta - 37x 50 cm - Art print Hahnemuhle
VER Art Gallery is very honoured to have ROBERTO WEIL as part of our virtual collection.
La Pastora - 50 x 40 cm - Art print Hahnemuhle
What a luxury!
Fun and art having a love affair.
We ship ROBERTO WEIL’s amusement for life, within Canada and worldwide.
No doubt:
“Creativity is intelligence having FUN”
The Good Bull Fighter - 63 x 84 cm - Art print Hahnemuhle

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CHAPTER 10: DROPS OF SUNSHINE AND COSMIC POWDER

I stood in front of his greys and felt the solitude of life.

And death.

I felt deeply, more than ever, the exquisite sense of serenity and stillness he wanted to transmit in the ordinary objects that he painted.

When an artist dies, a little sun extinguishes.

Momentarily.

It will shine even brighter, later.

To eternity.

Felix Perdomo (1958 – 2015), one of the most respected and recognized Venezuelan artists, and proudly part of VER Art Gallery collection, passed away in Caracas, in June 2015.

Now, when I look at his picture, hanging on our gallery’s wall, I can see a lot more than his effervescent textures, or his humble and peaceful atmospheres.

I can see tiny little stars and cosmic powder.

Rest in peace.

Felix Perdomo (1958 - 2015)

 
Suddenly I have started to realize that an art gallery is serious stuff.

It is not just a space where you hang pictures on the walls and exchange them for money.

It is a lot more than that.

It is a place full of timeless, borderless, colossal, yet sublime energy.

I experienced recently, another flash of this very physical sensation, when we received two new canvases, from artist Jimmy Day.

When I opened the tube containing the paintings and extended the canvases on my table, a whole universe of home reminiscences, breezes, light, even smells, unrolled in front of me.

Jimmy Day’s “Banana Groves” series are just so full of nerves, veins, colours and light, that they conquered the northern latitudes, with another kind of summer.
Jimmy Day - Banana Grove #5 available @ www.verartgallery.com


We are currently in the process of stretching and framing them and allow them to find their right place in the gallery, until they find another loving home.

In the meantime, I feel a sense of euphoria.
 
Definitely, VER art gallery, more than walls and objects:
 
A rare combination of cosmic powder with drops of sunshine.



Jimmy Day - DROPS OF SUNSHINE available @ www.verartgallery.com

Monday, 15 June 2015

CHAPTER 9: INSTANT ELEGANCE


Pablo Picasso - Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Art is instant elegance.

Not as in fashion, as art is also a sort of nakedness.

Art is meant for the ethereal body, to cover the skin of the soul, if any.

But in both cases, elegance has to do with character.

Character is always a discovery.

Makes you feel like an explorer,  sailing to a remote island, stepping into the wet, white sand and conquering a whole new world.

Art is also the ultimate luxury.

Art can transform an ordinary corner into a place of splendour, instantly.

What I am trying to do here, maybe very clumsily, is to make a case for why people should invest on art, and more specifically, contact us, Ver Art Gallery.

Recently, and miraculously, I consolidated a small sale.

It felt as if I had sold Van Gogh Sunflowers, or a more recent example Picasso’s Nude, Green leaves and Bust, sold for $106.5 million dollars.

I say it is almost a miracle, because while trying to sell this particular work of art, I kept asking: “Are you sure?  Do you really want this piece?”, “It is expensive you know ..”

And when customers were about to pay, I insisted on sabotaging the sale: “Are you sure you still want this piece?”

Our customers bought the piece and left immensely happy.

And so they should be.

The have just bought style.

A naked truth.

Character.

Rare and distinctive.
 
I am sure their home will be up a level.

This is why people, cities, the world need a moment of stillness, a fleeting instant captured in mid-flight:
 
 Art.

Art is stylishness.

Art is instant elegance.


Like shoes.
 
 
 

 
 

Monday, 25 May 2015

CHAPTER 8 : OPEN HOUSE - DOCUMENTARY

A year ago, May 16th, 2014.

I started a diary, in a little notebook with a picture of “El BaƱo del Caballo”/ “The Bath of the Horse”, de Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida,  one of my favourite painters ever.

Joaquin Sorolla , spanish painter, " The Bath of the Horse"
 
In the first page of the notebook, with my terrible handwriting, I wrote the quote that illustrates this post, in Spanish: “Cada creacion es una victoria sobre el miedo”.

In the beginnings, my Ver Art Gallery diary
 
My first post was all about the excitement of receiving our first two pictures on May 8th, 2014. Many exciting moments came after that, and will keep coming.

My first post, May 16, 2014
A year after, May 3rd, 2015, a lot earlier than I planned, we hosted our first Open House.



Every project starts with an idea, and as  physicist Linus Pauling says, “To have a good idea, you need to have many ideas”.

Then you need to start dreaming, and find the best team. The Dream Team.

Alba Gamboa,  Software Engineer, Web Developer; Leonor, me, unstoppable  dreamer; Leo Perez ( my daughter), Graphic Designer, curator; Sancho, mascot.
 
Santiago ( my son), Business Manager; Meen ( my husband), Carpentry and Framing director,  Official translator English - English, copywriter and owner; Sancho, Mascot; Carlos, Financial Advisor


Meen and Leonor, Ver art Gallery Owners
The rest is love.

Special thanks to my friend Regina. She lighted a corner of the Gallery with her hand painted beautiful Taparas.



And Juan Pablo Gonzalez Amaya, talented young Venezuelan artist with a strong, passionate approach and social content. (I owe him a post )



Also, special thanks to Maria Eugenia Otero, my “socia”. She is my eyes and spiritual artistic presence, in Venezuela.  A keen eye for art and a generous soul: that is her. Thank you for all your support.

Finally, the Open House day arrived.
 
I was much stressed, and as always, full of fears.

The soft voice of creation always saves me. For sure, every creation is a victory over fear…

After a couple of Champagne’s glasses, I finally relaxed and even gave a Thank You speech.



Thank you!

The dream has just started.

 

Thanks to all!

Monday, 4 May 2015

CHAPTER 7: THE TEAM


When things are done with love and honesty, at least they have a small chance to succeed.

When you have the best team, then your chances increase exponentially.

I am lucky to say Ver Art Gallery has the best team.

And this is my definition of best team:

The best talent of each person, in the right place, at the right time, with a different motivation than money.

As I have said before, this project, against all scientific theories, has started as “spontaneous generation”.

An exuberant idea, (an art gallery?!?), that would have died at birth if it was not ignited and re-ignited by the talented people around our “lonely wolves” lives.

I want to thank my dream (and also drink) team, for bringing to life an idea and materializing a vision.

Leo Perez, graphic designer, visual communications, quality control, curator. Everything she touches gets better instantly.  Plus she is my extremely talented daughter.

Maria Eugenia Otero, art agent in Caracas, Venezuela. She finds art that talks to me, to us, to all of you.

Alba Gamboa, my big eye, beautiful software engineer and web developer. Always offers not one, but multiple solutions to any problem. Her mom, Janet,  has also been great support, and she makes the best "tortilla de papas" ever.

Santiago Perez, business developer: Somebody needs to remind me that love of art is not enough.  Santiago happens to be my handsome son as well.

Carlos Vera, brilliant economist: Somebody, also needs to remind me that a real business has books to be kept, taxes to be declared, permits to be filed, GST stuff, all the boring things. He will marry my daughter soon.

And finally, my husband: He is my official translator from English to English (He is English, my portable Shakespeare). He reviews everything I write, so blame him if this is not impeccable English (remember my first language is Spanglish). He is also mastering the art of stretching and framing. It is a wonderful retirement hobby. He happens to be the love of my life.

I forgot Sancho, our four legged best and loyal friend. He is our spoiled rotten English Springer Spaniel.

And in general, there are so many people that have supported us expecting nothing in return, that we have no other choice but to keep this dream going.

Thanks to all!

It is just magic.

No more words, here is the team.

                                                                                                                            

From left to right: Alba, Leonor, Leo and Sancho
 
From left to right: Santiago. Meen / Sancho, and Carlos.

 
NEXT: CHAPTER 8: JUAN PABLO GONZALEZ AMAYA - YOUNG VENEZUELAN ARTIST

 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

CHAPTER 6: OBSTACLES


I am suddenly terrified.

This is the first obstacle I am experiencing in this whole gallery process.

Fear.

We have come this far, (in plural, as we are a team, in next post I will elaborate on this),  following a vision, candidly yet honestly; consistently yet  calmly;  realistically yet magically; enjoying the process, the road, without thinking very much about the destination.

We have all worked hard in this vision, yet it has really felt as a spiritual experience.

Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet, says, “vision is the tact of the spirit”. 

Our vision can really be seeing and touched now, and here is me:

Paralyzed.


Suddenly details as expenses, cost analysis, regulatory, concepts so familiar to me, which made my day to day in the last 25 years as an engineer, become fears in my ethereal vision of this new  art cosmos we have embarked.

I have just realized this is real.

And real life comes with all the technical details of an economic activity.  At the end we are a gallery, and we expect our pictures and sculptures find an owner.

Questions haunt me. Will permits be approved? Will people like what we are offering?  Will people come to us, at all?

Fear.

Well, at the end they say, the most dangerous thing about fear is not to have it.

My family team encourage me every day; they are the wind under my sails, the spirit of VER.

No doubt, obstacles in life, are life.
Key of Dreams  - Magritte (1898-1967) - I chose this picture  because it invites us to see (VER) things differently.

Chapter 7: The Team

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

CHAPTER 5: TAPARAS, A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP


Art is everything you do with love.

Just wanted to start this post with this phrase, before explaining what a Tapara is, for those of you wondering.

A gallery, little or big, needs to be all about quality, that is our premise.

Quality, in this case, has an intrinsic relationship with the passion of the artist, the power of transformation, attention to detail and refined execution.

Every single piece we offer in VER, complies with all of the above.

Our core collection of paintings and sculptures encompasses important names of Latin American contemporary art; artists with very relevant and lengthy trajectories.

However, under the same premise of quality, we welcome new artists that share the exquisite passion of loving what they do.

This is a story about the land where I was born and friendship.

The Tapara is the product of the Tapara Tree (Crescentia Cujete), that grows in the tropics and what follows is an artist inventing a brand new fruit.

From this:

 

To This:

 

They say true friendship is timeless and is always where you left it.

I remember a happy curly haired girl with vibrant, contagious laughter.

She is still there, exactly where I left her, bringing a new sense of brightness and happiness, through her artistic creations.

From ancestral Hacienda Paya, Aragua State, where Taparas come from, Venezuela; to USA, where my friend resides and where alchemy happens; and eventually to Calgary, we welcome Regina Viso-Torres and her colourful, delicate and exquisitely executed Taparas.

And by the way, art is also whatever makes you happy.

New talent always welcome in our space.
" Art is beauty, the perpetual invention..."
T. Gautier
 
 
 
Next: CHAPTER 6: OBSTACLES IN LIFE, ARE LIFE