Do we need the work of artists?
Is it really hard work? Does it require much of them? Especially if they love it so?
The work of an artist requires devotion, commitment, persistence and willingness; a yearning from within that pushes artists into their studios to work through long hours into the night, to find a way to make art, to create works of art that bring to us heart, soul, energy, encouragement, inspiration, confrontation, thoughtfulness, mindfulness.
We need our dancers to dance and our singers to sing and our artists to create their art.
We need painters to paint. We need printmakers to design and print their exquisitely detailed works. We need the colors and textures of mixed media. We need textiles that are works of art that we can touch and use each day. We need the pigments that blend with the heat of encaustics. We need the watercolors that blur. We need the work of the artist.
We need the hope, the color, the beauty, the expectation of something new.
We need the presence of artists and the arts in our communities to build us and transform us, to urge us on and carry us through.
The very heart and soul of an artists' efforts come to us from deep within the artist, and, if we will let them, they will speak to us, deep within us.
May we open our hearts and minds. May we listen and see and truly take in and savor the beauty that is given to us through their hard work, their efforts, their commitment and devotion, their discipline and their willingness.
Yes, we need the work of the artist.
And yes, it is very hard work.
And it is all gift to us.
Click on the images above to learn more about the work of each of the artists in our current collection, HEART and SOUL. This show runs through March 19, 2017.
From their hearts and minds and through their skills and years of experience,
they bring to us great beauty and make touching contributions to our lives.
We need the work of the artists.
We need to support the work of the our artists.
February 12, 2017 by Kathy Cody Gallaway, Manager, Intermezzo Gallery