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Consultora en las materias del arte visual
|Art Benefits the Artist and the Viewer|
Carlson served as Master of Ceremonies at the Pioneer Center for Human
Services Holiday Luncheon in Crystal Lake, Illinois on December 10, 2007.
Here is the speech she prepared for the event that highlighted the
centerís newly established art studio.
Studio. Such promise those
two words hold.
you an artist? Are you like
me and visit art galleries and museums every chance you get, and read
about ART when you canít be near it? Are you like my friend, who, after
exhausting all local art history offerings, purchased the History of
Art on CD so she could self study?
Or are you responding to this questioning with the indifference of
a indisputably over scheduled individual?
That is, politely but quietly.
you embrace it or simply donít want to get into it, Visual Art is an
important part of American life. ART experiences are contemporary and traditional and colorful and
moody and mentally engaging and thrillingly decorative, costly and (often)
free and real hard to avoid.
you are making Art or responding to it, when you give that object we call ART your full attention, you are engaged in thoughtful, creative activity.
And YOU benefit from that activity.
of the benefits is chin lifting privilege.
Creator or viewer, that we have the power to call it ART
is a privilege. Personal
probing formulas fit our authority for seeing ART:
You might ask, ďIs it original?
Is it extraordinary? Is
it inspired?Ē When I taught I had a small sign on my desk, Does it require creative thinking? A final check for a lesson plan.
not sure I would choose that sign today.
Art evolves. Art is a
complex and valuable activity comprised of many elements, for example
COLOR, combined with technical skills, an ability, perhaps to make an
elegant unbroken line across a surface with a single brush stroke of
saturated pigment; or to (choose) not.
And the ability to apply these facilities with discrimination,
reacting to each bend, shape size, nuance of color, composition balance
and surface texture. It is
personal. And it does get
messy. A separate, designated
art space is so wise.
ART is an enjoyable, sometimes difficult but ultimately satisfying activity
that allows us to give form to our ideas. Self-expression, when itís authentic, fosters the growth of
the individual holistically.
ART is fraught with logistic problems and social possibilities. ART
allows us another way, some would say, a better way, to communicate.
because of its relaxed, play-like activities and its emphasis on
unconventional thinking, the art studio requires safety and clean-up
procedures. And thatís a good thing. I
still bow to the people who taught me when I catch myself following
practical and sound procedures of responsible behavior like keeping some
brushes just for white.
ART can be a catalyst for enlarging and reforming other parts of life.
Nurturing interests and mounting challenges.
ART also has an observable social component. To most people, there
is something so magical about ART
that they want to be present at art displays, especially if the artists
Arenít we fortunate artists
are abundant and diverse?
was asked recently how I decide which shows to see, the precursor to a
larger question I could see coming. I
donít have to tell you, it is a challenge to decide which events get our
attendance. Even when we
clear the calendar of other responsibilities, sometimes art shows are not
all that satisfying. A
favorite art history professor once talked about a day trudging through
the gallery district, getting more and more tired when all of sudden out
on the street, he encountered a doorway the tenant had painted a beautiful
color and was nurturing a flowering plant strategically placed nearby. The
assembly he said,
ď. . . grabbed his attention
as authentic and inspiredĒ, clearly suggesting the creative force and
design sense behind the hands that made it.
The engagement he said, sparked his own imagination, activated his
mind; left him refreshed, revitalized and hopeful about the world and his
ability to ďdiscoverĒ beauty in it.
does that say about ART,
abundance, attendance and attention?
to our omnipresent datebooks we have a finite amount of time and that is
and will continue to be a problem, but itís less about time than it is
about remembering the promise of ART.
ART, discovery and attention are an honoring of the person who
created the work and that respect for the other is GOOD for us, but is of
GREAT VALUE TO THE ARTIST! Artists
build on successes. Their
maturity in ART is INFINITE.
we celebrate the plan for space and materials and encouragement for ART at Pioneer Center for Human Services. Let us hope for displays
of authentic self-expression that stop us in our tracks, grab our
attention, generate more ideas and enrich their maker and their audience
(us). Letís hope we have
opportunities to compliment the artists. But most of all letís hope for
opportunities for the artists.
Carlson is a
professional based in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Lynn Carlson, M.A., M.S.
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