Art is about stories. When I walk through our galleries, I listen to visitors talk about art, creating their own narrative. Art tells a visual story first. Then you begin to craft your own ideas about the piece. What was the artist was thinking about – flowing lines, moody lighting, wash of color, how to pay their utility bill?
It’s my business to know people’s stories. Development is a wonderful job, really. Match people with what they love and they want to support it. Getting to know their stories is an honor.
There are incredible art stories here now. Photographer John Weller had a run-in with a Waddell seal that nearly knocked him senseless. Mark Eberhard has a visual feast of a painting called On the Edge. Each bird has a story, a reason they are on the edge. Come for a visit. I’ll tell you a story…or listen to yours.
Mark Eberhard, On the Edge, 2008. Oil on Canvas. 60 x 60 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Mark Eberhard.
Shawn Meisl, Associate Director of Development
Love this painting.