Where Are the Artists?
I have recently spent some time at the Grahamstown Arts Fest wandering around and looking at the creative work on display. A visit to the Village Green Market is essential and always attracts thousands. Being a painter myself I tend to focus on this niche and concluded, incorrectly, that here are only a few artists this year. Where are the artists? All around us as it happens. To be an artist is a state of mind. You live it by how and what you do and think. When I opened my eyes I saw artists everywhere. I looked at those people closest to me that I take for granted and saw great art too. My wife for instance can create fantastic clothing, crochets art works that boggle my mind, bakes artisan quality bread daily and finds time to homeschool our children using all manner of creative methods. She is an artist. I love her very much. To be human and present means being creative. It is as close as we can get to the Ultimate Creator. So take a moment to look around you and see the artists and most importantly acknowledge them and then join them. Creation is our calling – we need to listen.
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