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Re: art is..........

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Sun, 2 Jun 1996 16:00:47 -0400

Funny thing happened to me last night at an evening event at our state
museum...I was working with groups ofchildren exploring the use of a variety
of art materials while the public was listening to a wonderful big jazz band(
we had a mural wall, collage materials, instrument petting zoo, etc...).
All this was to celebrate the founders birthday, hundreds of people were
there, and the kids loved exploring the art materials and creating "jazzy"
instruments, collages and such in this wonderful atmosphere, ouside under a
full moon(!!!). Anyway....a parent was watching as his child finished up a
neat collaged box that had multiple functions, decorative as well as
musical(formalists and pragmatists!)...I said something to the effect "gee,
what great thinking you did!"...the parent said (to the child) "what is
it?" as the child shrugged his shoulders I heard myself blurt out "It's
ART!" to which the parent immediately replied "yeah, but what's it worth?!".
As he walked away with child and object d'art(?) in hand I was struck by his
implied standard of valuing....and what he inturn was saying about the worth
of his childs efforts.....I hurt for them both! What could have been an
excellent exchange about art, the nature of art, beauty etc...was cut short

Anyway....sniff..... I agree with Eileen ...I too am looking more closely at
why artists create certain art, and with todays' contemporary artists, many
who are very approachable and willing to talk about their works...asking
those tough questions may be a little easier. (Sandy Skogland for ex.)