Here's a treat! How about a two-fer Show Walls exhibit for today. First we will start with...
RuralAbandon is Kelly's Etsy shop where she sells gorgeous, excellently crafted jewelry. So what does Kelly have for us (it's a fascinating story)?
First is a shot of one wall in my studio. The large picture is oil on paper done by Armenian artist Ashot Avagyan. I purchased 4 paintings from his studio in Sissian, Armenia. His paintings have rich textures and color and symbols found in ancient petraglyphs in the mountains near his home. The second picture in the shot is a painting done by a 6 year old child from Aparan, Armenia. This painting was part of a collection that toured the United States in the 80's during a Soviet and American Youth Art exchange.
In the late 90's I worked for an organization that organized the exchange and we were able to decorate our offices with art from the collection. Sadly CONNECT/US-RUSSIA (the organization) closed its doors this past year and I went back to the formal farewell party and the Director let me take some of the art home with me. This was one of the pictures I had in my office when I worked there. I have a few others displayed in my house as well...I just love them!
The second photo was purchased at the Art Market in Yerevan, Armenia. The artist is A. Vahramian and it was painted in 2003. His work is whimsical with textural details. I lived in Armenia for almost 4 years and was in heaven due to the sheer number of great artists selling affordable art.
Learn more about Kelly at her blog Indie Insider.
Melisa runs Jane Of All Trades where she sells really tasty goodies as well as retro, kitchy accessories. I've been LiveJournal friends with her for a looooooooooong time and whose photography I enjoy looking at.
It's not much, because it's a narrow wall, but I chose it because it is one artist for both pieces. Both models are covered in milk and this wall is in my kitchen. The artist name is Elisa Lazo de Valdez and her work can be found here: visioluxus.com
I really love her work and have about 5 pieces hung in my house and have to frame one or two more, still.