I can’t believe how quickly July passed! Here we are with the August long weekend coming up and with it my favourite art show and sale!
Oakville Art Society’s (OAS) Art in the Park is on Monday! I’ve had the privilege of participating twice in this show and I always attend it. This year I won’t have a booth as I’ll be at Lake Walk again on Thursday (August 4th from 5-10pm) but I certainly will be going!
You probably don’t think much about it, but an incredible amount of effort goes into the preparation and presenting of this show both by the OAS, and by the artists (some travel great distances with their precious cargo).
The variety and caliber of participating artists is exceptional. There is always something new and different. If you’ve never attended, you should! You don’t have to be in the market to buy (but it will be hard to resist the wide range of original art available). There’s music and food offerings and being surrounded by a huge variety of art in a beautiful setting on Lake Ontario is irresistible!
So come out and feed your soul! Don’t forget your sunscreen! Maybe a hat? Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. http://artintheparkoakville.com/
Civilizations come and go but what always remains is the art. It tells a story, even if it’s just to say “I am” or “I was”! Art speaks a universal language. You may love it. You may hate it. -But it evokes a response. It sometimes makes you think. It sometimes makes you smile. It may trigger a memory. It may just make you feel good. You may choose it “just because”!
We need the arts in our lives. In a world where information is transferred and shared in the blink of an eye. Where things are churned out and massed produced. Where everything seems to be “instant” and “disposable,” the artist takes the time to choose a subject, decide upon colour or colours, visualizes the presentation, then utilizes his or her life experience and skill to form, forge, create, capture, sketch, paint, carve out their vision.
So the next time you see an original work of art, whether it’s jewelry, sculpture, glass, pottery, wood, or canvas….whatever it is. Stop! Breathe! Savour! Take a moment to appreciate the history and heart that went into the creation of that piece.
I believe that true artists’ work are bit like nature, they do their best to create one of a kind slices of life. Even if a group of artists create the exact same scene or subject, there will be subtle differences. In a world of mass production, why not invest in something that is one of a kind or individually crafted?
Art can be a lot more than just something to fill a space or colour match a room.
Feed YOUR soul this summer!