Last night Jason and I attended the annual Studio Incamminati gala, an art benefit held at the Union League in Philadelphia. This year's theme: An Evening's Adventure in China. Too bad I forgot my kimono! That's me on the left sporting the bangs and my husband/artist Jason with the goofy smirk.
Rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, politicians and starving artists
is becoming one of our favorite past times is not as easy as it looks!! Let me tell you, it's enough to make you crash with no assistance of alcohol. Talking about your very own artwork can be a little awkward. Boasting about yourself can be awkward. Smiling all night telling people they look lovely (and they do) is enough to make your cheeks fall asleep. Imagine yourself at a job interview and responding to the following statement, "So, tell me about yourself?" times one hundred. Not only that, some people try to make some profound meaning out of every piece of artwork they lay eyes on. When in actuality, it's a painting of a nude figure. It means nothing more nor nothing less than that. It is beautiful for what it is.
Dione, Artist: Jason Espey, All Rights Reserved
I imagine it to be comparable to one trying to find hidden meaning in the gospels. The gospels are great for what they are and become less when meaning is added or taken away from it's original intent. I probably have no business speaking of this matter since I myself am not an artist, nor am I rich and famous, and I do not plan on running for office any time in the future. Not this year anyway. ;)
I do not mean to come across as cynical or ungrateful. The truth is, I am very grateful. I guess the point I am trying to convey is that the artists who attend these benefits work their rears off throughout the year and rarely reap any monetary benefits. They are GREAT at putting on a show!
Artists: Stephen Early, Natalie Italiano, Alisyn Kuntz
The Union League of Philadelphia
Artist: Stephen Early
Thankfully, Jason sold his painting below, Missed Opportunity? But at the end of the day, we are all still starving artist. If you would like to support the students of Studio Incamminati, please visit here to make a donation. If you would like to see some more of Jason Espey's artwork, check out his facebook page here and his ebay store here.
Support a Starving Artist!