On Sunday, I spent the afternoon there with my 6 yr old. She apparently captured many hearts. She was armed with a pad of paper and some markers. She proudly walked around with a wine glass full of strawberries and mints, schmoozing with everyone. At the end of the night, she took her supplies into the room where my art was. There was Lakewood 2 on the wall with a sold sticker on it. Since I wasn't taking it home, she decided to quickly sketch it out for herself. TOO CUTE. She bent over her book, popping her head up and down to look back at the original. She put in the sky, the trees, and then 42 yellow flowers into the foreground. She told everyone "because I counted and mama had 42 stitched bumps in the field." And there's me... no camera. Of course. :(
My daughter gushed over Ric Pollack's found object sculptures. She wrote in the guest register: RIC IS COOL. Then she spied the little sheep he made set up on a pedestal. "Oh mama look! Please can you buy it for me!? Oh I love the little sheep!!!" she begged. I knelt down and slowly pulled the one out of my purse that I had just purchased. I whispered, "this is for you." Well... tears welled up in her eyes and she held me so tight. "This is the best day ever!" she cried. And like, she was actually crying.
Buying a piece of art that affects you to that extent really is a heartfelt and happy moment. I hope Ric reads this. As an art owner, I totally understand my daughter's excitement. As an art producer, it's really incredible to be on the other side and see how your work affects people. It changes my life when I see someone hold my work in their arms and watch the appreciation on their face. It's a moment where no one ever has the right words, and a moment where both people are saying thank you to each other.
|Me and Painter Nicki Ault at The Mix Friday night.|
It really hits home about how important art is in society. This morning on CBC they said how art is no less important than sports when it comes to community enrichment. I get that. I totally get that. So - now for the "down" part of the post. The art community is rocked / crushed / devastated as their main haven and campus at Kenderdine / Emma Lake has been closed by the University due to deficit. I was told that they they have a huge debt from building a new facility for the College of Medicine that never got funding from the government. Regardless of the reason, it is just wrong. I can't image this little bunch of cabins in the bush would be burdening financially to a huge university. I'm not really in the loop and have never made it to Kenderdine Campus myself, but I have seen the art and collaborations that have come out of that place. Let me tell you - it was a HUB of creativity and learning for thousands of artists in the province and beyond. You will know which ones they are because most have tears in their eyes. So with that, I'll send you off to Nicki's blog to read more about it.
Sorry to leave you on a sad note. It's pretty crushing. Art isn't just a past time. It's much, much deeper than that.