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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Indulge secret desires Original art is special joy By DIANA LOERCHER Christian Science Monitor NEW YORK, N.Y. Have you looked at your walls lately, or at your windows? There is a theory that paintings derive from windows, in that they provide a view of the world. A room without paintings is as dismal as a room without windows and, to extend the metaphor even further, a room without an uplifting view is as depressing as a room without an uplifting painting. Perhaps you have long harbored a secret desire to buy an original work of art for precisely this reason but have been put off by the astronomical prices quoted art auctions. Don't be Discouraged by that. There are many exciting original works of art to be had at prices to fit almost any As contemporary collector Robert Scull put its, "There are original paintings that can be bought today for or you can buy beautiful fine works of art for There is a special joy in owning an original painting, an original that you love. Mr Scull explains: "When you own a painting the thrill of owning a unique expression of a creative person is a very mysterious kind of thrill because no one in the world can have the exact same response. "There can't be another painting just like the one you own You're not just buying a commodity where there's some paint set on a canvas in a certain way. You're buying the experience of the painting, you're buying a piece of that artist's life and that is a very thrilling thing to have. The residue of what an artist wept through is on that canvas." The key to buying at bargain prices is knowing where and how to look. Obviously, the prime area is contemporary art. But this does not imply that you have to purchase works in contemporary style. There are other styles, including the representational, available to you. The best way to find out which suits you is to educate your taste. Begin first of all to frequent the museums in your city. It is only by looking at good art over a period of time that you develop an appreciation for quality, and just as important, a true sense of what you yourself like. Paul Mocsanyi, director of the Collectors Institute at the New School Art Centre, offers this advice: "There is no substitute for looking. Go to museums and find what you like. "You have to start with what y.ou like, otherwise you'll never develop taste Don't buy just because of value. You have to live with a work and, even if some day you outgrow it and decide to discard it, you should still like it when you buy Galleries are, of course, the major suppliers of original art, and you should visit as many as possible to compare prices, quality, and specialties. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Find out what kind of art the dealer handles and what artists are in his "stable." If you are interested in a particular work, inquire about the artist's background. You may even wish to meet him if he lives in the area. Examine the condition of the work if it is an older work. One reason for these precautions is that you, the relatively naive buyer, want to make sure you're not getting stuck with a stolen, fraudulent, or overpriced work. This is less likely to happen in low price ranges than high, less likely with contemporary works than with older ones. Still it helps to ascertain before buying that the gallery is reputable and that the work you're buying is authentic and legally acquired. Operating out of New York is the Art Dealers Association of America, consisting of 84 dealers who have established, over a period of time, a reputation for trustworthiness and responsibility. Unfortunately for mm New Yorkers, 65 of the 84 members are in New York. The rest are sparsely scattered in major metropolitan areas. It is obviously sound practice to buy from a member of the ADAA. And it is equally obvious that, for many Americans, it is geographically and often financially impossible to do so. The best recourse then is to make enough inquiries on your own, perhaps at your museum, to find galleries you can trust. Another major outlet for art is the auction house. Here, contemporary works are less common. But it is often possible to purchase an older painting or sculpture at a bargain price. If you are, however, buying with an eye to investment, beware. As David Goodrich, author of Art Fakes in states, "Among the time honored outlets for fakes are second rate and third rate auction houses, found chiefly in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York." These houses admittedly warn the buyer albeit in small print, that, they are not responsible for the authenticity of the merchandise (and hence are not particularly concerned with it The uninformed buyer should particularly beware certain kinds of bargains a low priced work by a high priced artist is in all likelihood damaged, inferior, or fake. In sum, 'whether you are a serious collector or an amateur art lover who wants to improve his same advice applies: Look as much as possible. Frequent galleries and museums. Educate yourself. Ann Landers WeeWhimsv Dear Ann Landers: I was so glad to see something in your column about "Food Pushers." They can be as dangerous as dope pushers or drink pushers. Why can't some hostesses take "no" for an answer' Don't they realize that we dieters are always a little bit hungry? When the pressure gets heavy, it's so easy to break down and eat all the things we shouldn't. It destroys our morale and makes us ashamed of ourselves. Once I was sorely tempted to hang a sign around my neck reading, "Please don't urge me to eat. Food may be hazardous to my health." Please. Ann. print this letter. So many people need to hear or see something more than once before it actually soaks in. Lbs. Away Dear Away: That sign isn't such a bad idea. It would be quite a conversation piece, and at the same time give the person who wears it added determination to refuse all wffers. I recommend it Dear Ann Landers: I am 23, single, not bad looking, miserable and considering suicide. I work in a large office and you'd think someone would notice me, but I haven't had a date in over a year. Most of my, friends are getting married. Every time I hear of a new engagement, I get depressed. I don't know what to do or where to turn. Every morning it gets harder to drag myself out of bed and face the day. I've never discussed this with anyone. The people I work with would be shocked if they knew what was inside me. 1 laugh a lot and they think I'm happy-go-lucky. l know I'm sick in the head, but I can't afford a private shrink. Help me. Sateidal hdy Dear Indy: Millions of people can't afford a "private but they can look in the phone book and call the County or State Mental Health Society. And don't forget Recovery, Inc. There IS help available if you'll seek it out Dear Am I'm sure you are aware that a great many people soffer from insomnia, the tortured state of not being able to sleep. Are you willing to help them? The tongue is one of the strongest muscles hi the body. It is also one of the most tense. Think about your own tongue at this very moment. You can relax it, can't you? Also, your eyes can actually be staring, even though covered with closed eyelids. The eyeballs are often tense, even when the eyes are shut. When you want to rest, or sleep, practice relaxing your tongue and your eyes. Keep your tongue away from the roof of your mouth, or your teeth. Concentrate on relaxing your eyes. It might take diligent practice, but eventually you will be able to do it and sleep will come. Try it, Ann. Sweet Slumber Dear Sweet: I did and I darned near fell asleep at the typewriter. It works! It works! Thank you! Dear Ann Landers: Recently you printed a letter from a man whose brother-in- law bragged about faking a back injury after a rear-end collision. I saw in my husband's medical journal a cartoon showing "the perfect neurological cure" for such a malady. It depicted a patient sighing with relief, smiling happily, when a large bundle of ten-dollar bills was applied to the "painful" area. The caption of the cartoon was "The Magic Green Poultice." What a great many people don't know is that those fakers are responsible for the skyrocketing insurance rates, another example of how honest people get penalized for the dirty work of the liars and cheats. M.D.'s Wife And Daily Reader Dear Daily: Right you are, and unfortunately it will be ever thus. But you'll be pleased to know that the insurance companies are a lot smarter than they used to be. It's becoming increasingly difficult to fake an injury. And when they catch a phony they fix him so he has a very hard lime getting re-insured by anybody. Doi't get taned by a "lite" Chat's too hot to handle. Play it cool with An Landers' pMe to "NecWag art PetttBg i What Are He will be sem the original art for Ns quote Send vour chikj s quotation to tha paper Foster parents needed EDMONTON (CP) Al- berta's child welfare branch is trying to find more native families to act as foster parents for the estimated 2.800 Indian and Metis children now under care by the branch. Art Boettcher. supervisor of the foster home and unwed mothers program, said the branch wants to place native children in native homes to preserve their natural culture and languages. Mr. Boettcher said half the 5.600 children under the care of the branch are either Indian or Metis. "We just haven't a suflicent number of native homes to place the large number of na- tive children into an Indian en- vironment that is familiar to them." He said the branch will ex- plain the foster home program to native families during a series of workshops organized by the branch and the Voice of Alberta Native Women's Society. Mr. Boettcher said before a series of similar workshops in 1973, many native families thought standards for foster parents would be too high for them to qualify. that do more for your budget tIt Ail oo OtM ORANGE SI Family, 10 oz. ______ 'A Juice Cat Food West Oil I19 Paper Towels 69C Ivory Liquid SRSBL Cottage Cheese Garbage Bags ssss? I29 Ice Cream Chocolate Bars sst. 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