If you’ve been following my blog, you might remember seeing this painting before. I’m showing it again because it was accepted in the 2nd Juried Art Exhibition for Sponsorship at Pagosa Mountain Hospital, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The juror was Ann Daley, Associate Curator at the Denver Art Museum. The show opens on September 18 and will continue for two months.
What is a bit unusual about the way the show is being run is the sponsorship part. Over and over again, artists are asked to donate their work for various good causes. What people don’t seem to realize is that artwork takes time to make, it takes training, it takes costly materials to produce, it is only tax deductible for the cost of materials, and it may be the only source of income for the artist. In this exhibit people are being asked to purchase a painting and then donate it back to the hospital to become a part of its’ art collection. Pagosa Mountain Hospital builds a collection that many people can enjoy and the artist is paid for the work.
It seems like a win/win situation to me! Oh, by the way, the sponsor of the work gets a tax write off for the purchase price of the painting.