THE COLLECTORS SHOW NOVEMBER 6TH – DECEMBER 1ST The original idea for this show was to bring in art work from members and nonmembers private collections to encourage collecting art. Unfortunately, shipping issues, insurance and having available the private collectors themselves, proved to be problematic. But fortunately, the discussion of collecting went in a totally different direction. Many local collectors offered their art work to be exhibited, as well as, other items they have collected. The more I visited homes, these questions keep buzzing in my head, ‘Why Do We Collect?’ and ‘Why Do You Collect That?’. Everyone collects something regardless of age starting young collecting baseball cards, teddy bears, dolls, or hundreds of other items that bring meaning into their lives. This need continues to the ‘elder years’ for most people. During the 1700’s – 1800’s, there were aristocratic collectors, the landed gentry, who roamed the world in search of fossils, shells, zoological specimens, works of art, maps and books. The collected artifacts were then kept in special rooms or ‘cabinets of curiosities’, which became symbolic displays of power and wealth. These collections established the foundation of our first museums in Europe and eventually, America. Today, there is not a country that does not have a collection representing their countries history, power, wealth, culture and custom We know we collect, but why? Psychologists have a Freudian perspective to this question. It starts as an infant with the emotional and physical comfort of the breast, the blanket, and the stuffed animal. It fosters a sense of ownership and control when faced with traumatic experiences, such as toilet training, hunger, and trauma. Eventually, as we grow older and we experience life stresses and emotional events, we recognize our desires that help us to cope and bring emotional control over our lives. Some scientists believe that we are akin to pack rats and have the same brain functions as other animals that collect. Crows are masters of collecting items that stimulate their need to improve their lives, both physically and emotionally. Whatever the reason, we are collectors in all its extremes from hoarding to profit. The Collectors Show offers a look at others desires and obsessions thru their collections of fine art, primitive art and all things in between. The items chosen for this show not only are interesting, they are pleasing to the eye, as pleasing as knitting needles can be given the right presentation in the right venue. Check it out from November 6th thru December 1st.
Sharon Guy Gallery Coordinator