The Horner collection has left the building
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The Horner collection has left the building

The gallery in Charlotte looks a little empty after last Friday.   All of the paintings that belonged to my best friend Harry Horner ( who passed away six years ago this July) and have been on loan for the last few years have now gone.  My friend and Harry's son  Quinton, came by to finally get them back home and the collection together again.  It's going to look strange looking up and not seeing "Allen House" and "Red, White and Blue" and all the others that were hanging in the gallery....but it was time.  Anyway, now when I want to see them I will have to go visit my friend Quinton Horner which I intend to do often as we haven't spent as much time together as friends should.  He's in law school getting another degree along with his Engineering degree and I've been painting like crazy but we're going to make it a point to take some time off and enjoy life on the lake.  I truly appreciate Harry and Quinton's willingness to let the paintings hang for such a long period of time so that we would actually have originals in the gallery.  I don't paint fast enough to keep a gallery full of originals....never have.  This collection was about fifteen to twenty years worth of work.  Good ole Harry in all of wisdom told me in 1998 .."You need to keep some of my paintings in there so people coming in will have something to look at besides four walls"   so we did including tv shows, magazine articles and the people all of which would have not had anything to video, write about or talk about without the Horner collection being there.  Once again,  Harry was right.  It's kinda like seeing your children hate it but you know it's time.  Thanks once again Harry and Quinton.....friends like you come along once in a liftime and I've been the beneficiary of a great friendship and know that the biggest collection of my art is in good hands, and the right hands....and I'll be seeing them often.

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Quinton Horner on Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:50 AM
Such a touching email HR. Just reading this brought back so many memories of dad, yourself, coffee, your old shop, FOOD, etc. Now that i am...somewhat older, i get to reflect back on growing up around both you and your art. I still find it great that even back in 1994 when dad first started buying your art i would stare at them with amazement as to how one man can create such a realistic image. Sunsets, tree bark, water, moons, fields, flowers, rocks, etc. all just amazing to me today as they were when i was 16. When i should have been watching some crazy tv show as a kid i would just sit and look at red white and blue or washroom for what seemed like hours. Althought the collection is back home i hope you know they are still just a drive or a phone call away. Art is to be enjoyed. It is both a combination of your amazing talent and your "story" which people are attracted to. You are a great man HR with a great talent and ability to leave your mark on both people and the world.
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