It’s May Day and the weather is incredibly pleasant here in Black Rock. We went on a tag sale excursion and experienced the highs and lows of art.
Over in the Fairfield Beach area, we found one tag sale with a huge collection of Thomas Kinkade prints.
Kinkade is supposed to be a great investment because people who don’t like art, and that’s most people, love Kinkade’s cheesy glowing cottages and rain-soaked street scenes. I think he’d be great illustrating an edition of Hansel and Gretel for children, but that schlock has no place on a wall. And as for its investment value? The homeowner must have come to her senses because she was obviously desperate to purge her house of the Painter of Light. They were in the $5 to $10 range.
Then, a few blocks away, I scored two original acrylics by Ursula Starre, who used to be featured in the old Arts and Flowers shop in Black Rock. I seem to remember that Arts and Flowers was the first gallery in recent memory on the avenue, even before Jeffrey Weiss’ gallery, which I used to really, really enjoy when it was more active. Ursula moved away, but used to provide the shop with the most charming impressionist works of nature and or urban scenes. I won’t tell you what I paid, but these aren’t investment works anyhow. They’re mine to keep.