Thursday, October 29, 2009

Original Artwork is a Family Treasure

My grandparents were very simple farmers. They raised eleven children in a small farmhouse in Utah. Even though they didn't have a lot of money, my grandmother went with her sister to the art show of a local artist and each of them purchased a painting for $100 (which was a lot of money for them at the time). That painting hung in my grandmother's home for most of my mother's life and all of mine. When my grandparents passed away, they didn't leave an official will behind, so the eleven children drew names for each item they wished to inherit.

Most of the daughters put their names in for their mother's jewelry, the sons put their names in for their father's guns. Can you guess which item every single one of the eleven children wanted more than any other? The single original painting that had hung in their home for most of their lives.

Original artwork is something that will be cherished for generations to come. We grow attached to original paintings in a way that just doesn't happen with a print. Reproductions simply don't match up to original artworks. Originals can be handed down as heirlooms, and cherished by those who inherit them.

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