There are many reasons we enjoy having a gallery in a small town. I had the pleasure of assisting an adorable couple one day while they were in town visiting their son. They glossed over several pieces of pottery until Jennifer laid eyes on "Maria" and fell in love. "Maria" is an impasto painting in a deep mahogany colored frame with a ballet leotard and tutu adorned in rich colors of wine and blush and a stance of a young woman who can do anything on her toes. The elegance and confidence of this painting is something that does not go unrecognized. In "artistic" terms...it spoke to Jennifer.
In working at the gallery, we meeting interesting people daily. Dave and Jennifer shared where they lived and how they loved art, small talk but, still familiar. If one thing was certain, it was that they were a couple that have been through many happy years together. It was just a pleasure to speak with them as they had so many genuine words to share. Dave and Jennifer left may have empty handed but had left a warm spot in my heart.
It was about a week that had passed and Dave, not short for David - just Dave - called to ask me about "Maria". If I could articulate sufficiently enough to put into words the tone of absolute love and excitement in his voice I would. Dave and I had several conversations over a few days in which he lovingly told me that Jennifer's birthday is coming up and she loved "Maria" so much that he wanted to surprise her by purchasing. Dave asked if "Maria" would incur any damage if she were shipped, would it still arrive as beautiful as she hung on our gallery walls. I assured Dave that I would package her up with as much care as he has for his Jennifer. We exchanged several phone calls and text messages before we boxed Maria up and sent her to her forever home.
Dave has this husband thing to a science as Jennifer had no idea this had even happened, this is Jennifer's story:
Last month my husband, Dave, and I were strolling the streets of Leesburg, VA and walked into The Cooley Gallery. This might seem like an average thing to do for DC folks but not for us. We are from the Reno, NV area (northern Nevada, close to Lake Tahoe - we just had our first dusting of snow a few days ago!) and were visiting our son and his family who recently moved to Ashburn, VA. We both enjoyed The Cooley Gallery very much. When we walked through I saw your painting, Maria, and said to Dave, “I could look at that painting every day – she is so beautiful!” Dave and I left the gallery, had a wonderful dinner in Leesburg and headed back home a few days later.
Fast forward three weeks and a huge box is sitting at our front door. Once I looked at the return address on the package I knew immediately what it was. I kept saying to Dave as we unpacked Maria from the box, I can’t believe you bought this! Why? Do you love it too? He said he bought it for me for my birthday, which isn’t until November. He said to me, “You said you could look at that beautiful painting every day so I thought you should have something you could enjoy looking at every day.” Dave assured me that he loved the painting also. What a fantastic surprise it was! Yes…Dave is a gem, I am lucky to have shared our lives together for 35 years.
After much discussion on where to place Maria in our home, we agreed that our dining room was the right spot. As you can tell by the pictures I’ve attached, she fits in perfectly with the antique furniture in the room.
Thank you so much for sharing your talent through your paintings.(Meredith Hannon) You truly are a gifted artist. We will enjoy Maria forever!
We so enjoy hearing that our art is something you will forever cherish, it is the backbone of why we have a gallery. It is why we love what we do because it is so much more than "just art".