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My Etsy Art Collection With Bronwyn Keenan

Aug 9, 2010

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Bronwyn_bio.jpgBronwyn Keenan has been in involved in the arts for over 15 years. She currently works at a New York City museum where she oversees special events. She also runs a popular art blog, Blue Moon Brooklyn. Prior to joining the museum, Bronwyn was the owner of a contemporary art gallery in Soho from 1994 to 2004.

After collecting art on Etsy for over a year, she has curated a show to present her pieces to the public. Located at 189 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY, the opening reception is on Thursday, August 12, from 7-9 p.m., and the exhibit will run through September 12, 2010.

What’s the reasoning behind “My Etsy Art Collection”?
I started buying art and following a number of artists and their Etsy shops in December 2007. The site has exploded since that time — the sheer volume of artwork and shops is staggering. I have spent countless hours combing through Etsy. The process has become something of a feat of endurance, but it nicely suits my obsessive tendencies. “My Etsy Art Collection” is ultimately a group exhibition that happens to be my art collection. I also thought it would be a fun experiment for me and the participating artists.

What should the public look for at the event?
Hopefully the show will be a focused, diverse and compelling reflection of the Etsy community. I’m extracting art from the virtual world and giving it space in the real one. Visitors should also check out the exhibition binder that will include information on each of the artists, which will be onsite at 189 Schermerhorn. I’m also posting interviews with a number of the artists on my blog, Blue Moon Brooklyn, for those who would like to learn a little more about each of them.

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Southern Song Singing by Denny Pinkham

Who is your favorite artist from the show? Why is that?
My favorite artist is Denny Pinkham, as his work represents my first art purchase on Etsy and we’ve established a long distance friendship. Denny seems to personify an ideal approach to life — bars, beaches, boating and art-making. I guess I’m aiming for a variation on that theme myself!

Why is it important to support artwork in this manner?
Etsy interests me as a populist forum for artists. It also provides a key platform to experiment — not only with making art, but also with the business of art.

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Sea Flowers by Debbie Schramer, The Embrace by MycyclesArt

How many works will be present? Are they all owned by you?
There will be about 30 artworks on view. All are owned by me, but I’m considering including an artist couple based in Salt Lake City (Debbie and Mike Schramer of Sunflowerhouse and MycyclesArt) whose work is not currently in my collection. The works should be seen together, and it would be too expensive for me to buy the bulk of them, so I’d like to help get their work shown in New York. Of course, there are plenty of works available by each of the exhibition’s participating artists in their Etsy shops — visitors should purchase directly from the artists.

 

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New Depression by tomoliverart

What is your familiarity with folk art?
My eponymous gallery (1994-2004) was known for an approach that bordered on an outsider sensibility. For example, one of my all-time favorite Bronwyn Keenan Gallery exhibitions, Landscape U.S.A., featured the work of the great Forrest Bess alongside contemporary artists such as Karen Kilimnik  and Verne Dawson. The show had an eccentric quality, which is always the happiest outcome for my exhibits. The art I collect does seem to support the idea of the outsider, whether it’s an artist based in New York who operates outside the traditional gallery system, random thrift store paintings, or someone with a shop on Etsy.

One of the more affecting shows for me was Jim Shaw’s legendary Thrift Store Paintings at Metro Pictures in 1991. It really blew my mind — at the time the art world was in an acute malaise and then along came Jim Shaw’s crazy show and I thought, “Wow, what is this?” At the time I was working at a very boring gallery in Soho, one that exhibited lots of paintings and objects encased in encaustic. Jim threw a beautiful curveball with the thrift store paintings show and injected new life into the art world.


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Two Gold Balloons by kt40

What’s your favorite genre of artwork?
I don’t necessarily have a preferred genre — just favorite artists. If anyone checked out my favorite Etsy shops they’d see they run the gamut from magical terrariums and beautifully curated salvaged goods to pretty basket weavings and funky metal and ironwork.

Hope to see you at the show! Do you know of an Etsy painter you’d like to share?
Tell us in the comments below.

Artistic Endeavors | Art Category

Theatre No. 6
Theatre No. 6
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Time To Leave an original painting
Time To Leave an original painting
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Reserved-Late for Dinner  Original painting  22 x 28  Pallette Knife
Reserved-Late for Dinner Original painting 22 x 28 Pallette Knife
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When I grow up I want to be the old crazy cat lady
When I grow up I want to be the old crazy cat lady
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The house on the water (original painting)
The house on the water (original painting)
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Personalized Fruity Ladies folk art custom painting
Personalized Fruity Ladies folk art custom painting
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Print, "The Embrace" by Mike Schramer
Print, "The Embrace" by Mike Schramer
$15.00 USD

102 comments

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 6 years ago

    beautiful artwork

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Thank you for writing a great article about the fine arts found on Etsy! There are lots of great artists here.

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 6 years ago

    beautiful artwork

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! I had never heard of Jim Shaw's Thrift Store Paintings. I'm excited to learn more about it. BTW, I really like the painting by Tom Oliver. It's very cool! Jeanne RainyPenguinVintage

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 6 years ago

    Love all this art work - especially "Two gold balloons"

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    !Great art work Thanks for sharing !

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 6 years ago

    Interesting works! Neat concept. I don't have a preferred genre either; there are so many wonderful artists everywhere here!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    FANTASTIC article!!! It's always wonderful to learn about new artist and be reminded of the greats of history too! We are so lucky to have so many talented artist among us here in Portland Oregon USA! http://www.etsy.com/listing/52944112/portland-oregon-fine-art-photography We love the creative spirit here and on Etsy too! It is fantastic to get a glimpse of all the amazing things that Etsians are coming up with! Come visit us at LeafandInk and see what's happening in the studio! SUBSCRIBE to our new blog at http://leafandink.wordpress.com/

  • ThePurlMinx

    ThePurlMinx said 6 years ago

    Love this. I own one of Denny Pinkham's pieces and love it.

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 6 years ago

    Lovely items!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    I always enjoys browsing the artwork here at Etsy ~ so much talent! :)

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring art work!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    If any of you have never checked out Thrift Store Paintings by you really need to! One of our favorites here at LeafandInk is http://deadword.com/site/gigo/thriftart/index.html We love how it shows a creative sense of humor. There are so many wonderful Thrift stores here in PDX! Come get to know us at LeafandInk and the Portland Oregon area! Check out our blog at http://leafandink.wordpress.com/wp

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 6 years ago

    Interesting choices!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great article and beautiful work!

  • jenniejune

    jenniejune said 6 years ago

    Awesome! I love seeing the range of different styles here on etsy. I just checked out Denny Pinkham's site... so cool to see his perspective as an untrained painter who paints straight from his experiences at the bars and beaches! Some funny stuff in there .. love the say what series :)

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    If any of you have never checked out Thrift Store Paintings collected by Jim Shaw you really need to! One of our favorites here at LeafandInk is 'Toilet Paper and Flower' http://deadword.com/site/gigo/thriftart/index.html We love how it shows a creative sense of humor. There are so many wonderful Thrift stores here in PDX! Come get to know us at LeafandInk and the Portland Oregon area! Check out our blog at http://leafandink.wordpress.com/wp

  • YumYumPendants

    YumYumPendants said 6 years ago

    Wish I lived closer to Brooklyn so I could go see it!

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio said 6 years ago

    Such a different approach to an exhibition. . . personal collection open to the public. I imagine it would reflect more on the collector than the artists. Wish I could be at the event.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    I have to admit...I am not a big fan of folk art. But what I think is great about Etsy is that you WILL find work from every genre here, from every level of artist - novice to professional. A few of my favorite artists... http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauntedHollowTree http://www.etsy.com/shop/Peggitha http://www.etsy.com/shop/AisyahAng http://www.etsy.com/shop/PlanetJanetArt and the totally amazing http://www.etsy.com/shop/KimDow http://www.etsy.com/shop/windylanestudio http://www.etsy.com/shop/ingridArtStudio And I advise you to buy it if you like it...going thru my favorites to find these shops - many of the ones I marked have already sold!

  • Frankenkitty

    Frankenkitty said 6 years ago

    Very cool. What a great idea for a show. I love that Cappy Sue painting.

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 6 years ago

    thanks for helping to spread the word about Etsy through this art exhibit. wish i was in the area to take a peek. looks like it will be a very colorful contemporary exhibit.

  • savannahsoapkitchen

    savannahsoapkitchen said 6 years ago

    SAY WHAT!

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 6 years ago

    fantastic. so wonderful to read this!

  • roseglen

    roseglen said 6 years ago

    would love to be able to view these pieces,my favourtie here is the personalization fruity

  • cappysue

    cappysue said 6 years ago

    Thank you Frankenkitty. I am a huge fan of Dennys and several of the other artist. Still just feeling all warm inside and honored to be included in this exhibit. Thank you Etsy and thank you thank you Bronwyn.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    This sounds like a great showcase of collected works. It must be exciting on a personal level, to reflect on the emotions you've felt over the years of discovering new artists whose work you've brought into your home. To be able to share that brings a whole other layer to the exhibition. Terrific interview!

  • unitedthread

    unitedthread said 6 years ago

    I love these paintings! Thanks for putting them together!

  • bronwynkeenan

    bronwynkeenan said 6 years ago

    Yay Cappy Sue! My pleasure! I wish all the artists could be in town to celebrate on Thursday. Anyone who is here should swing by. Will be fun.

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love the art catagory on Etsy, including these. I am a huge fan of colorful folk art, thank you so much for this article and this very talented artist.

  • mostlysundays

    mostlysundays said 6 years ago

    Beautiful art !

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 6 years ago

    Interesting concept for a show! I firmly believe that it's a great time to be an artist - we can connect directly with customers and fans :) Yay technology!!

  • NaiyaArtBoutique

    NaiyaArtBoutique said 6 years ago

    She is one fine artist...Its a pleasure to know her!!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    What a great idea! I am sure the artists being featured are very grateful!! Have a blast!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Nice to see this article!

  • KatHannah

    KatHannah said 6 years ago

    Great collection - have a fabulous show!

  • JazzGreen

    JazzGreen said 6 years ago

    this is great - what a lovely idea - wish i was in NY to see it! fabulous to see such wonderful etsy artists brought to our attention... thank you

  • PotterBeanie

    PotterBeanie said 6 years ago

    Wish I loved closer to see this!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    I'd love to be there. Wonderful article, artists and, personally, a most remarkable coincidence! After viewing Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest at the Massillon (Ohio) Art Museum yesterday, came home w/ the idea that it would be interesting to rent a space to exhibit all of the artwork we've collected over the years, all by folk/anonymous, outsider/untrained and regional artists spanning 150+ yrs. Check out Against the Grain exhibit: http://www.massillonmuseum.org/exhibits_maingallery.html

  • sseloske

    sseloske said 6 years ago

    Oh yeah, that's good stuff.

  • squeakydingo

    squeakydingo said 6 years ago

    I plan to see it in September!!!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    You are awesome Bronwyn ! What a great idea - Cheers ! ) We'll try to make it down for the show.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    Oh, how happy does this feature make me???????????!!!!!!!!!!!I love all the great paintings that can be found on Etsy...just as I knew all along, there are some great buys here. I am especially interested in folk art, so I found some real favorites here. THANK YOU for this article...just great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OhBoyCatToy

    OhBoyCatToy said 6 years ago

    this is great!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful idea. Thanks Bronwyn.

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing! wish i still lived in Brooklyn so that i could see your show in person!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Oh Bronwyn you are amazing, thanks for supporting the Etsy community wish I could fly out to NYC to see this exhibit. You have a wonderful collection of Art plus I found new shops to heart and explore.

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 6 years ago

    these are such wonderful paintings. would like to be able to see the show in person ...

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 6 years ago

    these are such wonderful paintings ... the colors and subjects are so alive! thanks for sharing this. wish i would see the show in person!

  • ValerieGalloway

    ValerieGalloway said 6 years ago

    I lived in Brooklyn for 11 years, and I miss it... This is a wonderful collection, and you are wonderful for supporting artists! I wish I could see the show:)

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    FRUITY LADIES are real cute THANKS for sharing feel free to visit my shop www.jusadreamin.etsy.com

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful talent and very creative!!

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article!!!!!!! It's so wonderful to see a resurgence of Art Collectors - often times, they're people who would never even think of walking into a gallery. Luckily, Etsy gives us a chance to exhibit and sell our artwork worldwide - something I, myself, never thought I'd be able to do!! Thanks for inspiring us with your story!! I'm an artist, but also an avid Art Collector!!! :)

  • BeachMusings

    BeachMusings said 6 years ago

    very nice artwork

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Awesome undertaking, kudos to you and the artists! I adore the work of papermoth http://www.etsy.com/shop/papermoth

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen said 6 years ago

    I was just discussing with Jen from www.mamafamilias.etsy.com that I really think Etsy has revolutionized the art community. Artists can more than ever be in business for themselves and have the freedom to really be themselves. Thank you for sharing your favorite artists and spreading the Etsy love.

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    This is just awesome! What a great exhibition it will be :)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Wow! Great idea & great artwork!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    ...coolest article ever! browsing the wonderful collection of etsy painters is one of my favorite pastimes! XO

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    fantastico and spirited works ~ love love, late for dinner jennyshultzdesigns

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    I wish I could see the show in person!

  • BlueTrike

    BlueTrike said 6 years ago

    love this article...although i'm an artist myself, most of my favourite etsy shops so far are OTHER artists. can't wait to look up all the many artists' shops featured here that i had yet to discover!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

    I love the "late for dinner" aka. people in the rain - painting..

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Lovely art!

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 6 years ago

    these are all very, very cool.... like going to an art gallery... there is sooo much awesome art & photography on etsy...

  • JulieAbrams

    JulieAbrams said 6 years ago

    A most WONDERFUL show!!!!!! Genius concept.

  • whimhandmadejewelry

    whimhandmadejewelry said 6 years ago

    Very unique -- I love the colors in these pieces of art!

  • neonandneutral

    neonandneutral said 6 years ago

    yeah brooklyn!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 6 years ago

    Brilliant!

  • hollypaints

    hollypaints said 6 years ago

    Great article and good luck with the show! Here are a few Etsy artists I have found/fallen in love with: Felicula.etsy.com, apak.etsy.com, CarolRoque.etsy.com, BobHornerArt.etsy.com, mabgraves.etsy.com. Enjoy!

  • tatimaia

    tatimaia said 6 years ago

    Yeah! I know a painter! Me!!! :D Well, nice interview. That's great to know that there are people supporting the hand painted art! Hugs, Tati

  • kt40

    kt40 said 6 years ago

    I with Cappy sue, feeling so grateful for being included in this art show. I wish I could be there too, I will be in spirit for sure. Best of luck with your show dear Bronwyn. kt

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    It's so wonderful, seeing support such as Bronwyn's for artists on Etsy. And what a magic idea, curating a show of her favourites. Congratulations to all of those being represented, and thank you, Bronwyn, for spreading the word.

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Great article lovely works

  • giltandenvy

    giltandenvy said 6 years ago

    Ooh I love it when Etsy things break out of the internet and into the real world... This exhibition sounds fantastic! Thank you Bronwyn for highlighting Etsy visual artists, and for sharing your wonderful collection with us

  • WillowRockDesigns

    WillowRockDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your article. After seeing art on ETSY for several years I have just started listing my art with one sale so far. I hope to list alot more. A great place for any artist to be. Thank you!

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 6 years ago

    Thanks, Bronwyn. I have been wanting to purchase one of Denny Pinkham's paintings for ages. So hard to decide.

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 6 years ago

    OMG...this is awesome & so are you for this show! I wish I could see it...I'm in Texas:(

  • tinyriver

    tinyriver said 6 years ago

    My boyfriend is in this show. I'm also a painter. Good luck with it all, looks great!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to all of these wonderful artists that are part of your collection and exhibit! It's really great to see all of this talent being celebrated!

  • applechampagne

    applechampagne said 6 years ago

    gorgeous. gorgeous. gorgeous. =)

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 6 years ago

    Way to go, Bronwyn! aka Jeanne Tremel

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 6 years ago

    (what mean is workingforpeanuts is aka J. Tremel)

  • milemarker

    milemarker said 6 years ago

    What a very cool idea - a show of Etsy artists from a personal collection. Thanks, Bronwyn, for being such a big Etsy art supporter!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    this is a wonderful idea for a show, I wish I still lived in New York so I could see it - i am now on to check out your blog : )

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    oh yeah and like giltandenvy said- thank you so much for the focus on fine art on Etsy -yeah!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 6 years ago

    Thank you for supporting Etsy artists!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    beautiful exhibit - thank you for sharing!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 6 years ago

    I love the story. Thanks for supporting the outsiders!

  • aisle1

    aisle1 said 6 years ago

    Loved this article and have marked Bronwyn's blog as a site to visit. I am always pleased to see people doing what they love and being successful at it, especially in the arts. I wish I lived in the area so I could go to see the show, I clicked on the map just so I could imagine where it might be, and I wish that Bronwyn could do a video blog showing the "show" to all of us West Coast Canadian folks that can't make the jaunt. I've loved going to the shops of all the folks that posted a comment...etsy, and all the people that have found it never cease to amaze me.

  • ElizabethPawle

    ElizabethPawle said 6 years ago

    Brilliant article! I love the Tom Oliver painting, it gave me goosebumps.

  • ElizabethPawle

    ElizabethPawle said 6 years ago

    Brilliant article! I love the Tom Oliver painting, it gave me goosebumps!

  • bronwynkeenan

    bronwynkeenan said 6 years ago

    I will take lots of pics during installation and the opening and post them on my blog, so feel free to check in there over the next few days! I'll try to take some video too though I'm kind of hopeless at getting it right. http://bluemoonbrooklyn.com/

  • dianecostanza

    dianecostanza said 6 years ago

    I think it is fantastic that you are such a great supporter of Etsy art and its artists. I agree, there is so much diversity here. There is something for everyone's taste.

  • Lambert

    Lambert said 6 years ago

    Excellent initiative, I will definitely go check out the exhibit! Curious to see all this artwork "in person".

  • 111collagedesign

    111collagedesign said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for supporting Etsy artists!

  • TheOmegaWorkshop

    TheOmegaWorkshop said 6 years ago

    The artwork on Etsy never ceases to amaze me!

  • ZombieBoneyard

    ZombieBoneyard said 6 years ago

    I read this article the other night and I'm still thinking about how much it rocks. Collecting etsian art through the years and then exhibiting it puts it into this sort of microcosm, a step back to honor the art of collecting... and of course to honor the art itself. I'd love to go to the show! I'll have to try to find my way out of suburbia to get down there.

  • pinky27889

    pinky27889 said 6 years ago

    I'm with Cappy Sue...thank you so much.

  • AVOHS

    AVOHS said 6 years ago

    Tonight is the night! Good Luck Bronwyn and thank you for including my art in your collection and in the show.

  • Carolynchoi

    Carolynchoi said 6 years ago

    Fantastic idea Bronwyn and hope the showing goes well. I've just joined the Etsy art community so stop by for a visit to see my work.

  • excentrix

    excentrix said 6 years ago

    One of my quiz questions was, Define Art?

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