11.20.2007

Utah State University Print Sale

This announcement is mostly for the Cache Valley dwellers. On Thursday, November 29th, the Art Department of USU is holding its annual Print Sale, where you can buy original work by USU students, faculty, and alumni.

Reasons why this is cool.

1. Who doesn't want cheap original art?

2. When people come into your living room and admire your walls they won't say, "IKEA, right?" (Not that I don't love and want to marry IKEA, because I absolutely do, but it's nice not to have the exact same stuff that everybody else has.)

3. Original art feeds pretensions of grandeur.

4. You're supporting art students.

5. You might find some great Christmas gifts.

6. You're buying local.

7. AND you're buying handmade.

8. If the artist ever becomes big it will make you look like the most discerning art buyer ever, you with your early-original-owning self. And then maybe you could sell it for a million dollars and buy yourself a cottage in Derbyshire where you will eat brie and Thornton's chocolate and make out with British men all day long.

So even if you can't get to L****, it might be worth it to see if the art department at your local university does something like this.

8 comments:

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

I heart USU. There used to be this horrific sculpture outside of the fine arts building (across from the Golden Toaster) called "The Cache Valley Arch." It looked like a lumpy, arch-shaped piece of papier mache (spelling help required) with random objects imbedded into it. Students began leaving all kinds of junk under the arch, like it was a portal to the dumpster. The add-ons would be removed just to be replaced by even stranger bits of waste. The sculpture was finally removed.

And what about the UNDERWEAR TREE at Beaver Mountain? (You are local now, though, so you have to call it "The Beav.)

I love art.

Tusk said... [reply]

You almost convinced me to come over to L**** for this, until the last point. Brie and Chocolate, great! Snogging guys.... well, ok--it depends which one! ;P

Julie said... [reply]

Trouble is that you might have to wait too long to become a millionaire and therefore might be more of a miss marple by then and the men who call by might be less of the kind you would wish.

a new BBC period drama, Cranford started on Sunday. When it comes your way Nemesis you must watch it, it is full of elderly (and not so elderly) spinsters running around looking for a good story to gossip about. It is fantastic! That is not to say anything about you or your proposed future lifestyle choices!

Link for review at this website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/nov/19/tvratings.television?gusrc=rss&feed=media

Anonymous said... [reply]

I don't mean to be rude, but I don't understand the whole buy handmade thing going on. I understand buy local, yes. I'm all for supporting your local economy and farmers.

But why buy handmade? And why if I can make it myself cheaper?

Would you mind explaining....?

Nemesis said... [reply]

STM, I don't even know those sculptures--haven't spent enough time on campus, I suppose. Will be checking them out soon!

Tusk, I should have made a note in the post: Fantasy can be modified to suit personal tastes. I understand if snogging British men does not align with yours. :-)

Julie, I actually thought of that as well. I'd better hope I buy from someone who becomes famous with meteoric speed. Cannot wait to check out Cranford, thanks for the tip!

Anon, I don't think your question is rude at all. It's a good question. This is the first year I've really noticed much of the "buy handmade" movement so I'm by no means an expert but I'll do my best.

The people at buyhandmade.org have listed their arguments for making/buying handmade gifts if you want to check it out.

Here are a couple of reasons why I think it's a cool idea, even if it's not something I've fully adopted.

Handmade gifts are more personal and often unique, especially if you are the one making them.

I think buying handmade can accomplish some of the same goals that buying local does--you have the satisfaction of knowing that your money is going to the person who actually did the work, rather than funneling through a large corporation first.

Does anyone else have any ideas?

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Our local farmers market has these exceptionally beautiful baskets that are all handmade that they actually import from Africa. Because they import directly, most of the money goes to the people who make the baskets. They are very reasonably priced and, in this case, I certainly could NOT make them myself. So my weigh-in is that make it yourself is better, buy it hand made is next choice. . . Walmart is about tenth on the list.

Oh, and the sculpture was taken down because there was no way to stop the mad vandalism. However, if you turn left just past the Biology and Natural Resources building and head east between the Natural Resources and the Biotechnology building, there is a a piece of modern art that looks like an enormous order of square cut French fries. (Is the "f" in fries capitalized? And if I call them "freedom fries" is either "F" capsed?)

Have a good Thanksgiving.

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Thats farmers with an s'. Sorry.

Christian said... [reply]

Dec and I have actually had discussions about this. I'm not big into the Hand Replications of Famous Work on the Wall mode of decoration. I prefer the original art motif. And I realize a good portion of that comes from my studio art professor (I was an art history major and had to take a class where we actually made art or attempted to) who was adamant that only original work belongs on walls.

Regardless, I'm jealous that you get to go to an original art sale. Surely the U must do something similar?

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