Shapin/Nicolas Collection : January 7th, 2015

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Happy New Year listeners!

I hope you enjoy the first episode of 2015. I’d like to introduce today’s guests with this thought: When thinking about the art world I think it’s easy to forget about those who collect art, because frankly, there aren’t a lot of individuals who do it…at least not seriously. And considering certain economic and logistic factors such as mounting, physical space, etc it makes sense that collecting is a dying trend. After artists, the most important thing to make up a ‘scene’ is a forum for displaying and viewing work, which needs funds to survive. My guests certainly understand these issues, and are doing their part in helping our city’s creative culture.

Today’s chat is with Larry Shapin and Ladonna Nicolas. Larry and Ladonna own work from over 300 Kentucky based artists; most of which are right here in Louisville. Their collection has grown so large that they built an addition onto their home to display the works. Both of them come from art backgrounds, are educated in creative fields, and Larry’s mother is one of the founding members of the Speed Art Museum. In saying that, Larry has been exposed to art from a very young age and continued to support it as an adult.

We discuss the importance of having personal relationships with artists, future plans for their space, up & coming creatives, and Louisville’s art scene.

I’d like to personally thank them for being such a great source of encouragement and support for our city’s artists. Give our discussion a listen and I think you’ll agree.

Till next time.

 

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