Why Art?

The process or the appreciation of creative expression is a gift; a gift granted to humans throughout time. The Bhimbetka and Daraki Petroglyphs (290,000 – 700,000 BCE) found in two ancient quartzite caves in India during the 1990’s inspires us to ask who created these petroglyphs, was it utilitarian or simply creative expression?

As in ancient times, the artist creates a story through sculpture, paints, found objects, earth, paper etc., it doesn’t matter the medium used; the artist for a brief period in time focuses on creating an expression of the human experience.

In 2019 the Cultural Centre’s monthly exhibits ranged from Trish Bielke’s weavings, to color theorist Bud Setzepfandt’s work, to Michele Steffen’s realism, to Renae Saunders’ watercolors – these amazing artists told visual stories and sometimes provoked harmony or dissonance depending on the viewer. And that dear friends, is the purpose of art – to engage the viewer in a discussion with the artist even though the artist is not physically present.  

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  Thomas Merton

 

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