Posts Tagged ‘Collecting Art’

We have collected many original art pieces over the years.  They all have stories, and all are special.  But our latest acquisition is especially sweet.

My husband and I were instrumental in bringing Cuban artist Julio Cepeda to Reading for a two month residency last year. During the 3 plus years it to plan his exhibition, he was shipping work to us as he finished it.

At one point he asked us to see if we could find some small bottles that he could use in a work to be called The Pharmacist.

We looked at flea markets, and found a few — at about $10 a pop! Some made it into this piece — but I can’t remember which ones they were.

We hadn’t been in a position to purchase one of his major pieces last year, but after his show at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading ended in October, 2018, they agreed to continue to display the work that hadn’t sold. And one of those was The Pharmacist. I wanted something with a little bit of blue in it to fit in our living room. So we made the decision to purchase. I’m so happy we did! It gives me joy every day.


When I joined SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associated in 2009, I began to hear about a special level of membership, now called Juried Artist Members.

At first I thought: I’ll never be able to achieve that!

Then over time the idea began to intrigue me.

What is a Juried Artist Member?

SAQA created the designation:

“ . . . as a tool to help the collector choose new artists to purchase or to assess the importance of your collections.  SAQA offers members the opportunity to have their work juried in order to achieve Juried Artist Member status.  This status means that in the view of the jurors, the artist is producing and documenting his or her work at a high professional standard.  What could be more useful to the collector, than the assurance that an artist has created and will continue to create top-quality work and is recognized, by his or her peers, as a professional?  SAQA offers collectors an enormous advantage because we have access to the online directory of Juried Artist Members.”

In fact the jurying process was indeed very rigorous. The first time I applied, I was not accepted.

But I applied a second time, and was just notified that I was accepted!

Notice the stipulation that the work is being documented at a high professional standard.

Writing artist statements, and keep accurate records is part of being a professional artist. I have heard that it is now being taught as such in art schools.  True?

Anyway, here is my new JAM profile.