What's In a Name?

Everything needs a name, so why "Pause?"

After we decided last year that we would open an art and fine craft gallery in Troy, the next decision was what to name it. From the outset, we had a specific vision for the gallery's purpose as well as its look and feel. And, we wanted a name that would embody these concepts.

We've been attracted to objects of art, whether functional or purely decorative, since we were in graduate school. Many years later, we continue to find joy and satisfaction in looking at something that is hand-made and/or appreciating its tactile qualities. Our personal connection to a particular piece is further enhanced if we've had an opportunity to meet the artist or craftsperson who created it.

Ours is a fast-paced, digital age with a plethora of mass-produced products available to us overnight with a click of the mouse. We often don't take time to enjoy a purchase before moving on to the next one.

But it takes time to create a piece of art, and some time to appreciate it. Stop in during an otherwise busy day and surround yourself with beautiful two- and three-dimensional objects, made by individuals who have engaged in a lifetime pursuit of artistic self-expression. 

The gallery will provide a warm and welcoming space in which to “pause” and do just that. As the gallery comes closer to reality, we find that it essentially named itself.

Some Things Just Take Time

Almost 42 years ago, we purchased our first piece of hand-made pottery, a stoneware planter, from an Israeli ceramist named Rina Peleg. Little did we know, that modest pot would be our gateway to a lifetime of acquiring contemporary crafts.

Since that time we have curated a cohesive, yet diverse, personal collection of functional and sculptural objects representing a variety of media, including stoneware, porcelain, wood, and--our primary focus--studio art glass. Along the way, we have also fallen in love with some photographs, prints and paintings.

Our guiding principle for collecting has always been to find things that resonate with us in visual, emotional, spiritual, and/or tactile ways. This has been a passion, not an investment.

In recent years we've thought about how wonderful it would be to work in an environment in which we're surrounded by beautiful objects of art, and to help connect the community of artists and craftspeople with those who appreciate and wish to purchase their work.

It didn't happen overnight, but we now know that it's time for us to embark upon a journey to share our passion with the Capital Region. Pause Gallery --scheduled to open in June--will enable us to do this, and we're thrilled to become part of Troy's vibrant and growing creative community.