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San D Hasselman (kprs)
Tue, 09 Nov 1999 22:23:02 -0500

We should all remember not to beat ourselves up if we are not considered
'producing' artists. I may be out on a limb here, but I bet most of us
are women who not only teach, but run a household as well. Many times
while folding laundry I have mused what it must be like to have a 'wife'
in order to have studio time, or maybe have a 'husband' who supported
the notion that I should be making 'art'.

I have taken my 'artist' status to other heights, I costume productions
at local theaters, I act and I write poetry, and above all, I have made
teaching my highest "art". The fact that I don't 'show', or 'sell'
doesn't make me less of an artist than my colleagues on this list who
do. And, we all do what we must do. I have taught with colleagues who
are studio artists, and they have shared their work with me, and I own
pieces of theirs as well. They have NEVER in the 20+ years that I have
taught along side looked down their noses at me, nor made me feel any
less an "artist" because I express myself in different ways. In fact, I
dare say they wouldn't describe me in any less terms than they describe
themselves. My students have always considered me an artist from my
philosophies to my clothing, and realize that in order for me to do my
job completely as their mentor/teacher, I must be used up by the end of
the day. (Of course being yearbook adviser my day ends on many nights at
10:00 pm). I choose to work with students until the wee hours because I
have dedicated my creativity, my drive, and my life to teaching them and
for the time being that is where my "artistic" bent lies. I make no

San D

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