If you have been one of the more than 19,000 visitors to see FUNERIA’s Ashes to Art® exhibition online since October 2010, you may have wondered why we didn’t post prices until January 2011 for all of the spectacular original artworks in our 5th biennial exhibition. Here’s why:
When neighbors, friends, supporters and hundreds of visitors arrive from nearby cities and throughout the world to attend our international exhibitions at FUNERIA’s Sonoma County Art Honors Life® gallery, we believe their special effort deserves not only a warm welcome but a special advantage–one of which is a first look at the prices that each of the artists has set for their own work.
While the Internet offers many interactive opportunities for the curious mind, sculpture and installations are fully appreciated only where we can experience their mass or their delicacy and feel their impact in relation to ourselves.
Textures, scale, colors and fine details may be represented fairly well online, but stepping into a physical environment, touching the work, recognizing why both the setting and artworks were created, and why a distinguished panel of arts professionals selected them, requires a trip. So, we reward those who travel to our exhibitions with a bonus. They are the first to know that some artists, eager to see their work purchased and enjoyed, have set modest prices. Gallery visitors learn that all of the superbly crafted funerary urns and personal memorial artworks, including those at the highest end, are more fairly priced than they expected to find while seeking a unique means to honor a life they’ve loved.
Now it’s your turn to find out that one of the highest scoring artworks among the jurors, which was also the second highest scoring People’s Choice contest vote recipient, is a stunning, sophisticated, and exquisitely crafted original artwork with an exceptionally appealing price. We’ve checked to be sure an extra zero wasn’t missing.
You’ll also find pieces priced at several thousand more, and we don’t always have the very best photos posted to represent them in their full glory. Ask us if they’re still available however, and if they are, ask to see better images so that we can help convey some of the details that warrant your scrutiny and appreciation. We’ll tell you about the artists themselves–their inspiration, education, grants and awards received.
FUNERIA is proud to represent gifted artists–to promote, advertise and champion them in any way we can. Apart from developing original concepts and applying superb skill in executing them, we know that many hours, expensive tools and materials are required to create each piece.
The value of what we offer and our artists create is more than monetary. This is work that is created to serve a special purpose. It is artwork that is intended to honor a unique life. It may be for an adult with a lifelong passion for exploring the natural world and universe–seeking beauty and studying its secrets; a pet that has retrieved every tennis ball you’ve thrown, carried you on its back or helped keep you warm at night. It may be for a child who hadn’t enjoyed nearly enough of life, but knew the beat and fullness of their mother’s heart. It could be for you. What will your urn look like?
This is art worth seeing, touching and enjoying—even without serving a functional purpose. It is meaningful, evocative, original and superbly crafted. It is meant to be enjoyed and to stand in for us when we’re no longer here to speak for ourselves. Open our online catalogue and ask us how we can help you acquire exactly what you want and surely deserve.
Here’s to your beautiful life!