Fine Art

Seeking Inspiration-The Heard Museum

Yesterday Matt and I visited the Heard Museum in Downtown Phoenix in search of knowledge and inspiration.  It was such a rewarding and enriching experience, and wonderful to spend the day in the cold AC.  We started with lunch in the Courtyard Cafe, delicious tastes of the southwest; guacamole, posole and street tacos...topped off with prickly pear lemonade, delish!  As we explored the permanent collection, I took the time to read and study the patterns and shapes of the textiles, basketry and pottery surrounding us.  Below is a quote I found particularly meaningful and I feel puts into words so eloquently what home is to us at BSA.  I hope to continue injecting this spirit into all of the homes we are so fortunate to be a part of designing. 

Redefining "Home"

As children we grow up knowing our neighbors not as people living next door to us, but as relatives.  Our Aunt and her family lived on one side, and our cousin and his family lived on the other.  That is the way it always has been.  

A home is both the space inside and outside the building.  A home is more than just the structure, the house, the ki;, the hogan, the wikieup.  Ki: in O'odham means both house and home.  It is the aroma, the textures of the building that helps us remember.  The smell of the wet dirt walls, the smell of dry dust.  

It is the smell of the green brush on the roof, in the walls.  It is the texture.  The smooth mud walls, the rough ribs from cactus and ocotillo, the branches of cottonwood and posts from cedar and pine.

Home is a place that has the right feel, the right smell, the right sense of coolness when you touch the walls. 

-Ofelia Zepeda, Tohono O'odham

 

Also not to be missed is the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit showing now thru August 20th. Several masterpieces by both artists are on display along with many photographs of the two, some created by world class photographic artists of their time.  

We finished up the day exploring the museum shop.  Many fine Native American artwork is available for purchase such as pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry and textile weavings.  You can be sure that the pieces you purchase at the Heard are authentic and created by Native American artisans.  

Please consider supporting the Native arts community by spending the day at the Heard Museum.   I hope that your experience will be a rewarding as ours was.

-VK

The Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art

Springtime in Scottsdale is always an excited time with so many activities and opportunities to engage with the local scene. Today’s post highlights one of our favorites, the Celebration of Fine Art, or the “Art Tents” as it is commonly known. This past weekend, Lead Designer Victoria King took some time to meet some of the artists.  This two month event unites a variety of artists from across the country to exhibit their artwork and actually create new art on scene. The artists span across many different mediums including paint, bronze, wood and weaving. There is a large representation of Southwest influence in the artwork featured at the tents.  For all lovers of art and anyone else who is looking for an interesting, fun experience, we recommend stopping by the celebration before March 26th!

Visit CelebrateArt.com for more information.

See below for some of our highlighted favorite artists, click on each photo for a link to artist bio. It's such a blessing to see the amazing creativity and skill exhibited!

James Ayers

James Ayers

Barkby Woods

Barkby Woods

Clyde "Ross" Morgan

Clyde "Ross" Morgan

Montana Blue Heron

Montana Blue Heron

J. Todd Paxton

J. Todd Paxton

Bryce Pettit

Bryce Pettit

Santa Fe Art Auction

Recently on a trip to Santa Fe we took the opportunity to do some art sourcing as well as gather southwest inspiration.  We visited The Santa Fe Art Auction, one of the Southwest’s largest annual auctions of classic and contemporary Western art. Santa Fe boasts the third largest art market in the United States and is has an abundance of southwestern and native american pieces from paintings to bronze sculptures.  It was a remarkably refreshing to see so much wonderful art in one place.  We also explored the town on foot, visiting the oldest home in the United States, and three of the historic cathedrals in town. Truly valuable southwest architecture inspiration. 

It was exciting to be at the auction among all of the action.  We were fortunate enough to bid on and procure a few art pieces that will find homes with special clients.  We also visited many galleries and sourced some beautiful pottery and paintings.  We particularly liked Blue Rain Gallery at the Railyard, a stop one of our clients recommended.  It is a thrilling prospect to curate art pieces that fit well with the heart and soul of our clients' homes.