Friday, March 11, 2011

Two Artists

If you have creative work you don't have age or time.

Louise Nevelson
Last night at the local library there was the opening of an exhibit or art works by the members of my art group, The Artists Of Bristol On The Delaware, and many works of art by the local school children. We were hung in one room and the children in another. One of the members of our group said it was so we wouldn't have to compete with the children. And in fact there was some very interesting and original work done by them.

One of the most fascinating things about fine art to me is that it really doesn't matter how old you are to be able to express an idea, a feeling, a vision or a state of mind. I have known about that since I had the opportunity to work with professional children in the theatre. I have seen some amazing work done by people in their teens and preteens. If they have the talent and some formal training they are just as capable of honestly portraying a character as a seasoned adult player does. Of course they bring to the role a child's sensitivity. But there's nothing wrong with that.

Last night I was going through the set up looking at the work the children had done and I cam upon a young girl who was cutting out some tags to put on the works. She saw me and said "Hi" so I stopped to chat. I asked her if she had a piece in the show and she pointed to one which was very good. I found out she was twelve and she liked her school's art teacher. She talked about some of the things they did in the art class.. I asked her if she thought she wanted to go on and really study art so that she could know about drawing, painting, sculpture, etching, engraving, lithography photography and computer art. Her face lit up and she nodded. I spoke a little bit about what the cultural life of an artist was like. She listened.

I asked her if she was going to come in to the other room and see the work of the old folks. She said she would and asked me if I had a painting in there. I told her I did and she wanted to know about it. So I told her the type of painting it was and the title. She said she would look for it. I wished her luck and went my way.

She reminded me a bit of working with children in the theatre. It didn't matter that we were 60 years apart. We were two artists talking to each other.

DB - The Vagabond

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Valerie said...

What a nice story. I would have loved to have seen the art show. I recall putting pieces in local art shows when I was little. I remember one piece in great detail. It was a watercolor and I couldn't have been more than five or six. I think it's great to encourage the young artist!

Arlene (AJ) said...

So touching to read DB, you both really connected in that wonderful, caring way about your art ought to visit with the young kids at schools near you and take some of your art, bet you'd touch many of the little ones with what you've accomplished. Know I'd enjoying seeing it. My family has several members who were excellent in art, photo painting....somehow I lacked any talent in art, couldn't even draw a picture of an apple that I'd be proud to show, so I'm envious of anyone who has such a wonderful talent.