In being a part of Real Art on a Shoestring from the beginning stages, it was an incredible experience to watch the art collection and event all come to fruition. Lights were hitting each piece of art just right, there was a constant buzz and chatter of guests admiring each piece, and the room radiated with a festive spirit as we all appreciated original, affordable art together.
Real Art on a Shoestring was my first event since being with SR/A, and I witnessed over a hundred art enthusiasts join the SR/A staff and 20 participating artists for this opening reception at SR/A La Collection. Since the SR/A team always loves a party, we also took this occasion to celebrate the firm’s 15-year anniversary – Real Art on a Shoestring was a celebratory evening on all fronts.
To keep guests entertained, we added an interactive element to this event. We hung a large event sign in the middle of a moveable wall and entwined invisible fishing line all around the sign. When guests arrived, they were given a brightly-colored shoelace to hang anywhere, in any fashion, on the wall. The idea behind this element was to signify how art should be about community, fun, and creativity. The wall, now overlaid with multi-colored shoelaces, stands tall in our gallery as a real work of art representing community collaboration.
Along with watching the shoestring wall flourish as the night went on, I also enjoyed meeting and mingling with a lot of the artists showcasing their artwork. Sue Fierston – a painter and print-maker who “walks the line between realism and abstraction” – was definitely one of my personal favorites. It was as if she was painting a picture right in front of me while I listened to her detail the inspiration she experienced from Yosemite National Park. Another notable favorite of mine, displaying her art at La Collection, was Stefanie Stark. Stefanie’s paintings were a mixture of abstract painted florals and whimsical colors that emulated spring, light, and hope. After talking with her about her collection, she noted her hopes were for viewers to get “lost” in her paintings as much as she does. After standing and admiring her largest piece, “Watching Flowers in the Rain,” it was as if I was taken back to my childhood days, spending time with my parents, planting flowers in the garden, and listening to them instruct me not to overwater them (as I tended to do) – a semi-comical, yet special memory I have. Another showcased artist, Fabiano Amin, was a high-spirited and enthusiastic element to the event. His abstract pieces were displayed on one of the front walls in the gallery, and they were definitely catching guests’ attention as they entered the gallery.
Though the art sales from Real Art on a Shoestring made it a successful evening for our artists, the energy during this art opening alone made it a triumphant occasion that I am elated to have been a part of. It was a remarkable experience to have all of the puzzle-pieces come together for Real Art on a Shoestring, and I am very excited for the next event at La Collection. For now, I will enjoy and appreciate my workspace being so immersed in these inspiring art collections that will be on display through Summer 2018.
Madeline Owens is a Marketing Intern at SR/A Interior Design. She graduates later this month with a B.S. in Marketing and Supply Chain from the Smith School of Business at University of Maryland – College Park.