Galleries : Art Smart
What is it about an emerging artist that signals his or her importance?
When people discuss emerging artists, what often comes to mind are young people just out of school, painting edgy urban images. I've come to respect the many different directions and backgrounds of emerging artists, some of whom have had other careers, or never quite were able to invest quality time into their own pursuits. I guess what catches my attention is their enthusiasm and focus as they experience the ups and downs of putting their work out for all to praise or criticize. Personally, I am attracted to certain styles of art, which my gallery obviously reflects, some of which push the buttons of social awareness. I do recognize the gift of powerful presentation some artists have with the simplest or most complex subjects. Sometimes the personal naiveté of emerging artists can speak louder than the work of seasoned artists. This new energy is special and can move people's hearts and minds. What really gets to me are works of art that feel like the artists have projected a sense of themselves, or made a statement about what they see or want to see. Whether they are young or late bloomers, my hat goes off to them.
Holly Alaimo, owner Dragonfly Gallery, 91 Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs. 508-693-8877
Photo by Keri McLeod