>A New Patron


Living Bouquet, (c) 2005 Jeane Vogel Photography
20×20, $250 framed

I was at the Highland art fair this weekend. Highland is a sweet rural Swiss town in Illinois about 25 minutes from St. Louis. It’s not a huge fair, but it’s fun and local and I generally do OK there.

To be honest, there weren’t lots of sales this weekend. People are a little scared and holding their wallets tight. For some, art is a luxury. For others, art is life saving and feeds their souls. 
For still others, the art journey is just beginning. 
Like many fairs, the Highland fair has a children’s section where kids can purchase art for $5. Artists at the fair contribute work and children can shop on their own and begin their art collection. It’s a great idea and I always contribute two or three pieces. The art we donate is worth far more than the $5, but it’s priceless in the hands of a child.
About an hour before the show closed on Sunday, a young boy –maybe a 3rd grader — approached me with one my images, Living Bouquet in his hands. He had just bought it and it wanted to meet the artist. 
His parents, obviously proud of him, stood a short distance away. He chose a rather sophisticated piece for a child and he wanted to tell me what it meant to him: it’s peaceful, he said. 
Wow! My work is inspired by the Impressionists and evokes a lot of emotions and interpretations. Most adults don’t understand modern Impressionism, but kids view art with their heart and souls — not their heads. They don’t care if someone else thinks the work is “important” or “vital.” If they respond to it, it works for them. If not, they move on. 
I removed the work from the plastic and inscribed the back for him. He left as if he had met a rock star.  He made my day.
It was my best sale of the day. And I didn’t make a dime from it.

About jeanevogelart

Art saves lives. That's my mantra and my motivation. My primary purpose as an artist is to inspire, entertain, make you smile, make you mad, make you think or recall a memory. I strive for work that is intimate and genuine, and sometimes whimsical. It's always more than a "pretty picture." I demand a relationship.
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2 Responses to >A New Patron

  1. MB Shaw says:

    >Love it, what a wonderful story. Makes it all worthwhile. I’m off to Kentuck this weekend. Doing a show by myself (oy vey). I’ve been practicing with the tent and I can do it. But it’s not pretty 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    >hello and grüezi, you have a verry nice blog. best regards from switzerland, christian lippuner

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