WORK OF ART
NINE DOT ARTS will help you cultivate a collection that does more than look great on your walls—it will tell your unique story.
At Nine dot Arts, an art curating company that specializes in corporate work, artwork is more than just wall decoration. “Art can represent your image, culture, diversity, and, most importantly, your story,” says Martha Weidmann, CEO and co-founder. And since 2009, the Denver-based consulting firm has brought homeowner and company stories to life across the U.S. We caught up with Weidmann and associate curator Arielle Myers to talk about how they “connect art buyers with any artist in the world who matches their ideals.”
Why is having an art curator important?
Myers: “While interior designers are great at communicating the needs of a space and finding things that match the design, an art consultant who is really plugged in to your story and the community will have a better sense of what art can do beyond just match.”
What’s the meaning behind the name?
Weidmann: “It’s inspired by the nine dot test, a diagram that shows nine dots in a grid system. To solve it, you have to connect all nine of the dots with four straight lines without taking your pen off the paper. The only way to solve it is to go beyond the grid and perceived box. That’s important to our business because each project is more than a basic floor plan.”
How much do you think about lighting?
Myers: “Art lighting is something you only really notice when it’s bad. Lighting should complement a piece and fade away. You don’t want to notice hot, bright spots or dark spots where you lose artwork detail.”
What are your tips for finding good art?
Myers: “The last thing you want to do is buy something really trendy, because you’ll tire of it quickly. Trendy pieces don’t tend to hold value over time, either. Think about why you resonate with a piece. If that reason is because you’ve been seeing it everywhere lately, that’s not necessarily going to hold long-term value for you. If a piece resonates with you on a personal level and you feel rewarded as you continue to look at it, that’s usually something that you’re going to enjoy and won’t get sick of after a year or two.” —Kendall Kostelic
If cowboys are your weakness, take a Saturday with the family and mosey down to Pueblo to see the CLASSIC COWBOY CARTOONS exhibit, running until Sept. 23 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. This light-hearted exhibit features comic books, dime novels, and Wrangler comics from the years when Westerns were king, showcasing artists from the King Collection like Fred Harman, George Phippen, Bill Chappell, and Kim Mackey. —Denver Life Magazine