We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Barnes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shannon, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
In the visual arts, most people do not realize how important provenance information can be for professional artists and their artworks. Appraisers use this information to verify value of artworks. Buyers and collectors should understand provenance information so they can make informed decisions about purchases. And artists should understand the importance of provenance information to build a professional reputation and legacy.

Provenance information is the historical record of origin, exhibits, and owner to owner transition information. It can also include the value of the artwork. This can be very important in the market of art sales.

Provenance information can also show that professional organizations endorse the artwork and the artist as meeting a set standard. The professional endorsement provides comfort to buyers and collectors that the work is worthy of the purchased cost and is more likely to maintain value.

Provenance information can also protect against copies or replicas being passed off as originals because provenance information assists with verifying the authenticity of an artwork. In a world of internet sales, many people attempt to fraud art buyers and collectors every day. Documented provenance information by a professional organization is often a strong resource for authentication. Certificates of authentication by individuals, or even the artists themselves, are not always recognized by appraisers or other professional entities as a valid source for authentication. Documentation from an organization such as a gallery or art auction is more likely to be creditable.

Online sales through entities such as social media platforms and individual websites generally are not accepted as provenance information unless they have the endorsement of a professional organization such as a Fine Art Gallery. Historically, fine art galleries were needed by the artists to help the artist grow. Not everyone agrees with this philosophy, however, art galleries are still beneficial for the promotion and endorsement of an artist and his or her work. Fine Art Galleries continue to assist with provenance information needed for a variety of purposes.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, it is my job to create paintings that speak to people. Paintings that plant seeds of inspiration and hope. Paintings that comfort when life is hard. I believe I feel a deep connection to the visual arts for two reasons. First, my father was an artist who encouraged me. My first career was in the mental health field and I found that art can also be used as a therapeutic tool for those who are hurting. Combining what I learned from my father, the peace I receive when creating a painting, and watching others absorb the beauty from an artwork has allowed me to continue to grow in my passion for the visual arts. . After returning to academia to extend my artist skills, I learned the fundamentals of professional art and I found that those fundamentals can be applied to any idea to create a masterpiece. I also educated myself on minor art restoration and appraisal services. This is why I have a deep understanding of the importance of provenance information.

The most exciting seed that is going to be planted is our first annual V.I.A award ceremony. This award ceremony will celebrate visual artists, authors, and performing artists.

This award ceremony has been created for the purpose of honoring accomplished artists who have earned this award thru their hard work and determination to master their artistic craft without settling or compromising. To provide a platform to launch artistic careers to the next level, by providing more exposure based on this achievement while also providing provenance information and/or a larger fan base.

Finally, it is very important to foster community and connection among artists, artists’ family and friends, collectors, buyers, fans and anyone who is an art enthusiast in order to continue growth.

An award ceremony is not easy. Unfortunately, many artists who would qualify for this award do not understand the opportunity and may decline accepting this award. The challenge is to discover artists who want to continue growing. I may never know the reasons a visual artist, author, or performing artist chooses to reduce their growth, but I have learned to accept and respect people with their decisions. They do not owe me an explanation. I wish them well and I move on to the next candidate.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Many exciting spots exist. First, of course, I would give a tour of our very small gallery and brag about the artists we represent. I would then provide my visitor(s) with a full experience of the shows at the small performing arts center located in Woodstock and Roswell. I would also facilitate a night to see a showing at the historical Fox Theatre in Atlanta. I would then proceed to take them to the art galleries and art exhibits around Atlanta. We would make it an art themed week. We would also make sure to visit the live music venues located in metro Atlanta.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Each time I tell my story, regardless of which story I am telling, I have to first give gratitude to our heavenly father. I believe he puts us in peoples’ lives, and he puts people in our lives, to plant seeds that should grow. A supervisor once said to me, “If you are not growing, then you are dying.” She meant this as a philosophy for business. I agree with this, and I also believe this pertains to the people in our lives. I can not reach a goal and be content. I do not believe our heavenly father intended for us to be self serving and content. I believe we should strive to grow and plant seeds. I often ask people to ponder the questions, “Do you want to be a big fish in your self made pond? Or do you want to be a small fish in a large pond with unlimited room to grow?” I do not believe either choice would be a wrong answer. However, for me, I want to continue to grow so that I am not dying. My faith is the first and largest factor that inspires and supports any growing that I am going to accomplish.

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