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March Active Rain Challenge - Book Smart because Books and art often go hand-in-hand.

 Our friend Endre Barath, Jr. has suggested we take the photo above and write about it.

Seems pretty simple to me.

Just a few weeks ago, I went to one of my favorite places... The ACC show held each year right in Baltimore. Each year that I been on AR, I have not only gone to the show but have written a blog along with a video of what I thought were some of the highlights.

The spotlight was on the artists whose work I admired and also the most interesting people. Those that were passionate about their art and were willing to share a bit of their life and how their creativity was incorporated into each day.

When writing my book Real Estate The Right Rome Way, I found the artist for my beautiful book cover right here on AR.

 marti garaughty  

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In one of my previous careers, I was that ceramic artist with a ton of passion.  That same passion has followed me into my real estate career.

Just today, I was at one of my listings and the seller had one of my ceramic pieces in a  prominent spot in their home.


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I was delighted to see this piece on display and even pointed it out to the buyers. Just picked it up, turned it over and showed them where I had signed and dated the piece. 

Art tells a story and it is fascinating to see what others collect, enjoy and display in the homes that are for sale.

Looking at the piece of art chosen by Endre, I was wondering why that particular piece was important to him.

How did that art show and that painting inspire Endre to motivate so many of us to sit down and write a blog? 

It's not always about Real Estate.

Thanks, Endre for the inspiration.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • March 13 2019 01:22AM


Dear Margaret,

Love the bookworm painting. That is pretty much what people look like after they get lost in a good book.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 5 months ago


marti garaughty, composer, pianist, soundscape, abstract art

 We created a classic together !  ;-)


Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( 5 months ago

Margaret I have one of those book and I know who the artist was:) and I am confident so does marti garaughty  thank you for such kind words totally undeserved, I am confident my sista Debe Maxwell, CRS  will agree:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 5 months ago

Art is definitely something we all view differently, and I agree - it's interesting to see what people collect and display. It's great that you saw one of your art pieces when you were showing your listing to buyers.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 5 months ago

Good morning Margaret. A fresh perspective as always from a creative artist herself. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Yes Margaret, every sight, sound, inflection can trigger a response in all of us.  How much effort we take to follow up depends on the impact and effect of the external impulse!

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 5 months ago

I'm so glad your participated in Endre's challenge, Margaret.  I'm still trying to conjure up a post for it, but seem to be suffering from writer's block in regards to it.  I'll keep trying!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Hello Margaret- - - it has been interesting to see how this challenge has been interpreted by the ActiveRain members who have shared a post. You're right when you mention art and motivation, real estate and AR are so much more - just like life itself.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  - I just love when a painting screams out at me and I have no regrets that I listened.

Margaret, you are such a beautifully creative spirit!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

Artist is a word that has never been used in the same sentence as my name unless the sentence was "John is not an....."

Never-the-less, I am still thinking about Endre's challenge.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

This was a fun contest

Thank you all for the lovely comments. Guess I am a bit behind in answering you all.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

I personally don't have any "art" at my house, but I surely have quite the collection of clutter. Several of my aunts were passionate about ceramics. I have lots of books that I've collected, some are classics with beautiful bindings. They lend themselves perfectly to my decorating style.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 5 months ago

I like a lot of cermic pieces, Margaret, from the Zen-like simplicity of Japanese pottery to whimsical, brightly colored, zany teapots. Even more, though, art glass speaks to me -- it's all about the color and the flow of the glass. 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 5 months ago