Fine art? Fine Craft?

My dictionary defines fine art as “usually restricted to the graphic arts, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and sometimes, architecture.”

Art is “the making or doing of things that have form and beauty,” while craft is “manual art…dexterity in a particular manual occupation.”

Amapola Gallery offers fine art and fine craft form 40 local artisans.

Confusing, no? However, on the basis of this information, Amapola does not exhibit “arts and crafts.” Rather, we show fine art, including sculpture, ceramics and our variety of wall art.

A better differentiation is “wall art” and “cube art,” objects shown on display cubes and shelves.

No matter how and where displayed, our painting, ceramics, jewelry, wood working, stone carving and fabric works all exemplify form and beauty.

Wickipedia publishes a page on fine art, and adds this paragraph:

This definition originally excluded the applied or decorative arts, and the products of what were regarded as crafts. In contemporary practice these distinctions and restrictions have become essentially meaningless, as the concept or intention of the artist is given primacy, regardless of the means through which this is expressed.

American Craft Magazine, a publication of the American Craft Council, summarizes in their Twitter bio this way:

American Craft celebrates the age-old human impulse to make things by hand, in order to communicate, learn, heal and connect.

At Amapola Gallery, we take everything into consideration and then we make the following decision: we like to think, we believe, that all our art is very fine indeed.

So, whether you consider yourself an artisan or a craftsman, bring the fine art, fine craft debate to Old Town Albuquerque and visit Amapola Gallery.

(After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter, acorn stuffer)

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