Friday, August 26, 2011
The power of art...
study shows that looking at beautiful works of art effects the brain exactly the same way as falling in love does! And we all know how good that feels. In fact, looking at artwork can cause the blood flow in the brain to increase by as much as 10 percent.
We didn't know about this when we started collecting artwork for our office. We just knew that we have a lot of local talent, and so much inspiration from the beauty we have all around us. Why buy an anonymous, mass produced print from an equally anonymous mall store when we are so lucky?
One of our friends, Tom Darden, served as photographer in the Maryland State House under six governors. He very graciously framed and mounted in our office some of his beautiful photography that depicts our extraordinary natural surroundings here in Western Maryland. Be sure to check them out next time you're in the office if you haven't enjoyed them already. You can also view his art work on his website.
This weekend, we were at Art in the Park in Berkeley Springs where we live, and came upon the Artists of Merrywoods. Their photography captivated us. We loved the way the photographs are printed on canvas, and then, rather than being framed, were stretched over a beveled surface, giving it an "infinity" feel. The photographs are of all our favorite places: Cacapon State Park, the Cacapon River, and even Dolly Sods. The light in all of them is magnificent. We bought a piece, and then asked them if they'd like to hang some of their pieces in the office. So now our office doubles as a gallery! Come by and see it. All of them are for sale if you fall in love with them as we did.