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Why a Painting Is the Perfect Gift

For most of us, giving a present to a loved one means given the latest, expensive gadget because it goes to show the depth of our love for them. But do gadgets really express timeless love? Not in our opinion. For gifting something that would express your timeless love and commitment and how much you cherish your bond, paintings make it to the top of the list. You may wonder why a painting is the perfect gift. Well there are plenty of reasons why paintings are valuable gifts and here are some of them. 

Paintings last lifelong and hold more emotional value. But in addition to these, there are more reasons why paintings make a better choice.

Timelessness

When buying a present, most people wish to give something that will last lifelong. However, when items like gadgets, perfumes or such are given they last only for a short while and the essence of the gift disappears just as soon as the product becomes unusable. Even if it is something as expensive as an iphone it will certainly not last more than 3 years. 

Paintings on the other hand are priceless treasures whose value does not diminish with the passing of time. Of course new paintings are introduced in the art market regularly but that does not take away the value of the old ones even slightly. A painting becomes a steady and a permanent part of your life and its presence is something one never ceases to enjoy. 

Hence, if you’re looking for something that will forever remind your loved one about you and retain its value for years then a painting is truly the perfect choice for a gift.

Art Evokes Emotions

Gift items such as perfumes, gadgets, food items rarely evoke any emotions. Yes, they do make a person happy for that feeling does not last for a very long time. As long as a commodity is new and popular in the market, it gives a feeling of satisfaction to its owners, but once something better replaces it in the market, the value of it also diminishes in the eyes of the owner. The interest in using it is also thus lost. They also lose their place of honor in the lives of the people they are gifted to.

However, where paintings are concerned, people relate to them in their own individual ways. Often times, people can feel the emotions portrayed in paintings flowing through them. This is the primary reasons why paintings can make a perfect gift choice for someone. It is a great medium of expressing emotions.

Easy Maintenance and Eco-Friendly

Most other gift items are mode out of materials that cause great damage and harm to the nature. Look at gadgets for example. Not only do gadgets have to be handled with extraordinary care they also come with certainty of failure in future. Can one mobile phone function all of a person’s life? Most definitely not.

Paintings on the contrary require very little care by the owner. They can remain intact while being hung on the walls for years and still not lose their beauty. The only maintenance they require once in a while is for the dust to be wiped off. It really is that simple, eco-friendly and completely low on maintenance. 

Paintings Improve the Quality of Life

If the word of art lovers can’t convince you then science most certainly would. Art, as proved by science researches, promotes the quality of life and makes a person feel good emotionally and mentally.

A neurobiologist, Professor Semir Zaki from the University College of London says that when a person stares at an artwork, its effect is to stimulate the part of the brain the same way when falling in love does. The brain releases dopamine, which is a feel-good chemical when one falls romantically for another. In this process, feelings of affection and attachment are evoked which are quite pleasurable.

The same pleasurable feelings are evoked when a person closely observes great artworks. Artworks by Constable, Turner and Monet and masterpieces like Sandro Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’, are like therapy for the minds. 

Paintings also often motivate a person to positively change their ways of life. There are several paintings which portray moral ideas such as the painting of a Hindu Lord Krishna, uplifting and teaching a depressed Arjuna. Such paintings inspire the good in people and if your gift can do something similar for your beloved, how great it would be.

Paintings Also Have Affordable Options

It is true that original paintings usually require huge chunks of cash. But why not settle for the alternatives? It is after all the thought that counts, not the money spent that matters. Most other gift items do not come with affordable alternatives. If it is an expensive gadget you decide upon but don’t have the resources for, what would be your alternative? Possibly something that is cloned or a lower end version. 

This does not happen with paintings. There are multiple options suiting every budget range. You can settle for canvas prints, reproductions or posters. These alternatives only cost a fraction of the originals but do no compromise on any qualities which the originals offer except perhaps only the monetary appreciation of an original. But gifting your beloved a painting, you gift them a treasure that will last them a lifetime. What could be better than that?

Art is Treasure

With the passage of time, what is valuable today will become trash tomorrow. Paintings however, never become trash. They have their own way of becoming a person’s most valuable treasure which only increases in importance as the years advance. Any original but ordinary painting bought today can turn into tomorrow’s most priceless possessions, which rarely happens with any other item. 

One only needs to take a look around the art history for evidence. The most expensive and most sought after paintings today are the ones that were created centuries and decades ago. If you gift a painting to your beloved, you most likely give them a treasure for life.

Art is Personal

Gifts that hold personal value are even more special than the others. It is commonly believed that taste in art is considered personal. This works well when you want to gift something to someone you care deeply for. When you buy someone a painting suited to their tastes, you actually show them how well you understand their preferences, know what aligns well with their interests or reflect their vibrant personalities. This goes a long way in expressing the thought and effort you put in to make your loved feel special.

PRESIDENT FORD’S PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

EXHIBIT BY PRESIDENT FORD’S PERSONAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER

TO BE DISPLAYED AT GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM

Exhibit opens March 25 with ribbon cutting and discussion

featuring David Hume Kennerly and Susan Ford Bales

 

Pulitzer Prize winning and presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly’s exhibit “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display for the first time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The exhibit is scheduled to open on March 25 with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. featuring Kennerly and Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.

 “David’s work not only captured historic images of our father’s presidency, but also the personal side of our family,” said Bales. “We are blessed to have this beautiful photography available and open for the public to view.” 

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” follows Ford’s presidency from the day he was appointed vice president to the end of his presidency. The exhibit is a collection of behind-closed-door images, including the inner workings of the White House, the Ford family, and the end of Ford’s presidency after losing to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. 

 “Mr. Kennerly’s unprecedented access to President Ford and his family offers a candid look into historic events surrounding some of our nation’s darkest times while highlighting the president’s efforts to heal the country,” said Elaine Didier, director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. “We are honored to have these images on display and give the public an opportunity to view history as seen through the eyes of one of the nation’s highest regarded photographers.”

 In 1972, Kennerly was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for a portfolio of his photos from the Vietnam War, the Ali-Frazier fight, refugees from East Pakistan in India, and combat in Cambodia. Two years later, at age 27, he accepted an appointment to serve as Ford’s chief presidential photographer. 

 “I photographed every major event during President Ford’s time in office. I think the most important image that emerged from the thousands of photos was a close-up portrait of the president’s humanity,” said Kennerly. “It is a privilege to bring these images to the home of President Ford and allow the community to experience his presidency and the Ford family’s personal side.”

 Kennerly was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography,” by American Photo Magazine. He served as contributing editor for Newsweek for more than a decade and a contributing photographer for Time and Life magazines. Kennerly has published several books of his work: “Shooter,” “Photo Op,” “Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld,” “Photo du Jour,” “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” and “David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone.” He covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN, and was a major contributor to the network’s book, “Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything.”  His exclusive photo of Trump taken two weeks after he was elected was featured on the cover.

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display through Sept. 2, 2019. The March 25 ribbon cutting and presentation are free and open for the public to attend

Spotlight: Anand Patel

As the President/CEO of the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, Anand Patel skills in tourism, marketing, hospitality management, and finance.

Before his position at the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau, Patel worked as the General Manager of the Hawthorn Inn & Suites in Napa, CA and also the General Manager and managing partner of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Fairfield, CA.

Patel’s ambition for hospitality traces back to his childhood as his family was involved in the hotel business and still, as of today, continues to own and operate hotels all over the country.

As for his other involvements, Patel was on the formation committee for the original tourism business improvement district (TBID) originally formed under the 1989 Act in 2003, creating the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau with a 2% assessment.

For his undergraduate years, Patel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Finance and minor in Economics (B.S.). Furthering his education, he later received his Master’s in BA at Summa Cum Laude.

During school, Patel became a life member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity where he held positions such as the Secretary, Treasurer, and President.

With all of this accomplished, Patel maintained his his commitment to his organization and soon served for the Alumni Corporation Board President each year.

Patel’s leadership involvement continues as he is involved with various non-profit organizations such as the Governmental Affairs Committee (Calif. Hotel & Lodging), Chairman of the Board of Directors (Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce), Treasurer (Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau), and Treasurer (Central Valley Tourism Association).

Patel is an outstanding individual with a high professional and experienced background. He possesses a career and volunteer history that exemplifies his ability to multitask and prioritize. His numerous leadership positions prove nothing but greatness and absolute devotion to what drives him. With his experiences and accomplishments, it is to no surprise of how an inspiring person he is today.

Introducing Debut Artist No/Me + New Single “Consistent” Out Now

Just recently, Los Angeles-based vocalist and songwriter, No/Me, shares her debut single “Consistent” vie Republic Recores–listen to it here!

On “Consistent,” No/Me lists off her flaws: a skeptic, a cynic, neurotic, and narcissistic–a freak who’s “got the best intentions,” but tends to “fuck them up.”

The moody and mesmerizing track comes to life with each confession delivered in her hypnotic vocals.

“‘Consistent’ feels like a page from my journal. Writing this song made me embrace parts of myself that were hard to face, but it also helped me stop curating the facade that people would prefer to see,” says No/Me.

The L.A. native’s sound is a blend of her electric influences, from early 90’s alt-rock to the quirky anti-folk of Regina Spektor to Israeli music. With Hebrew as her first language, her lyrics reveal a raw but poetic sensibility closely shaped by her upbringing.

Having a deep-rooted mission to use her music as a vehicle for positive change, No/Me’s stage name is her Hebrew name and meant to signify the transparent nature of her songwriting. She aims to spark that change on the most personal level. “Consistent” sets the stage for more new music from No/Me in 2018.