The “Earth” Without “Art” is Just “Eh”

Outside of Evine I am an art junkie.  Yep, there you go, I admit it.  I have worked in the fine art business for about 2 decades.  When I am not on-air shopping with you, I work in a fine art gallery on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minnesota.

I got into art as a part of the design process when working with residential and commercial design clients.  The art was always the most fun part for me, the icing on the cake, and the jewelry for the home.

All types of art mediums and styles fascinate me.  At the gallery we carry fine art on paper and canvas, giclees on paper and canvas, serigraphs, lithographs, silkscreens, etchings, encaustics, glass and acrylics.  Many of these pieces are multimedia with many techniques in one original piece of artwork.  The styles that surround me at the gallery are abstract, architectural, figurative, landscapes, musical, floral, photography, realistic or even sculpture.

People often ask “How do I know what kind of art to buy for my home?”  My response is always, “Oh, you will know, you will feel it.”  Art is such a personal choice.  If it makes you go “wow” then you have a personal connection.  Go with your emotions; go with your gut when choosing art.  Great art that you love gives you the ability to run away without ever leaving your home.

I am lucky enough to go on an art buying trip every year for the gallery and meet some incredible artists and see some really amazing art.  The artists I have met over the years have been creative, sometimes tortured souls, who see the world as their canvas; they just see things that some can only get a glimpse of. Some have formal training, most are just lucky enough to have their talent nurtured from the time they were children.  My favorite spot to pick up new art is down in Atlanta, Georgia.  I know what you’re thinking, “Atlanta, really?” The art community in Atlanta is HUGE!  There is a place I visit that is an old margarine factory converted into artist studios.  Here the imagination runs wild and the sense of community and support is infectious.  I will bring back over 300 original works of art as part of my job as art curator for the gallery.  This is always an exciting time for my clients because they get to come into the gallery, see the new art and dream a little.

So there you have it, an art junkie.  I crave it, I love it and it makes me happy.  Feed your artist soul, visit an art gallery and see how you feel.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”

                           -Pablo Picasso

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24 Years!

I can’t believe I just celebrated 24 years in the Shopping Network Industry!  Looking back at my first headshot is hilarious!  I was a baby!!!  It is truly one of the biggest blessings in my life to have a career that I absolutely have so much passion and love for what I do.  It really is the perfect fit for my personality.  I can remember being a little girl and my dad saying you talk so much.  LOL!  I guess I was getting ready for “3,2,1 –  you’re on!”  at a very young age.

mm-blog-4-headshot-1992-1So many people ask me, do the hosts read a teleprompter?  NO!!!!  We ad lib everything!  I do study all of the products I present so I understand how to explain it to our viewers.  Some products are easier than others – for example, gemstones/jewelry.  I received the highest credentials in Gemology when I received my G.G. (Graduate Gemologist) diploma in 2003, so I really don’t have to prep very much in that category.  However, Electronics is a different story – a lot of show prep there.

Every day at the network is so exciting – from different products, guests and timeslots that I work. I think the highlight of my job would be the people.  All of the incredible people that I have met from all over the world that I get to work with, and have established friendships that will last a lifetime.  I will always remember getting to meet and work with on-air Chief Design Director of Waterford Crystal – Jim O’Leary from mm-blog-4-sonia-melissa-2Waterford, Ireland. We became very close and he took me to the top of the world . . . well, the top of  One Times Square to see the Waterford Crystal Times Square Ball in April 2013.  I have also met so many guests from Italy.  Two that stand out in my mind would be Stefano Virgino and Manuela Biancospino.  I present their jewelry collections on-air and had the pleasure of spending time with them on my recent trip to Italy.  mm-blog-4-melissa-dimitri-4Sonia Bitton has the sweetest soul and means so much to me.  Chuck Clemency and Dimitri James are so incredibly funny and I have a blast working with them both!  I have known Dimitri since 1994 when I launched him at Shop At Home!  Speaking of Shop At Home where I began this fabulous career, I have a bond with 3 hosts that started there with me.  We are all still in the shopping network business and still in touch.  I love you Connie, Jennifer and Kim . .

mm-blog-4-melissa-shop-at-home-hosts-5It would be impossible to list and thank every guest that I have worked with and have established friendships, like Dallas, Vince, Judy Crowell, Paul Deasy and Nick Kwan.  Again, it is the highlight of my job!

mm-blog-4-melissa-with-tucson-group-6Besides my gift of gab, I guess it is my passion for shopping!  I can’t believe I get to shop with 88 million viewers every day!  It really is a dream job that I am so incredibly grateful for.  I want to thank each and every viewer that has invited me into their homes for the last 24 years.

The pleasure is all mine!

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Why Do Collectors Collect?

Kendy blog 2 2LThroughout my 30 years in the Home Shopping Industry, I’ve discovered that our customers love to collect. In the 1980’s, die cast cars, dolls, and capitamonte were the hottest collectibles.

Kendy blog 2 1LOnce the 90’s rolled around, sports collectibles, coins, and beanie babies were on the must buy lists of home shopping customers.

Today, watches, Tiffany style lighting, and Waterford Crystal are the collectibles of choice.

Kendy blog 2 1RI think collecting is an essential childhood hobby. It creates opportunities for curiosity and learning. It teaches kids how to take care of objects, spend money wisely, and cooperate when negotiating and trading. As kids, most of us collected marbles, trading cards, stamps, coins, etc. Kendy blog 2 2MMy children collected rocks and gems as they were curious about all of the gems I sold. Did you collect anything when you were a child? What was your favorite thing to collect and your prized possession? I wonder if kids collect as much as we used to Kendy blog 2 2Rback in the day . . .

I, personally, am not a collector of things at all. So, it’s curious to me why people become collectors. Really no one in my family collected anything, except my grandmother who had a plate collection on her wall. It makes me think that collecting begins as Kendy blog 2 3Ra family tradition . . . my parents really only collected family memorabilia, so I do the same in order to preserve the past. We preserve the kids’ photos, artwork, ribbons, letters of accomplishment, etc.

 

So, I’m curious . . .Kendy blog 2 3L

What do you collect?

Why do you collect?

How did you get started?

Is it a family tradition, passion, obsession, habit?

Do you collect for investment purposes, perceiving the items will increase in value over the years?

Kendy blog 2 3RDo you collect for status?

Has your collecting turned into hoarding?

What do you wish you had never collected?

What do you collect that Evine Kendy blog 2 1Mdoesn’t sell that you’d like to see us offer?

If you do collect things we offer, what are you missing in your collection that you’d like to see?

Please let me know, I’d love to hear about it!

 

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