Photographer Meredith Forrest Kulwicki captures Dana Jackson at her pottery wheel
Someone recently told me that, in their opinion, the true mission of a teacher is to inspire people to see things in a new way and to think.
If this is the case (and I believe it is) then artists, creators and performers may be some of our greatest teachers, and art—no matter its medium—some of our greatest lessons made plain.
And so then perhaps, just maybe, the fate of art and how we treat it becomes one of the greatest indicators of the things we value as a society and people as a whole.
I am moved by the story of the Draper Visual Arts Foundation and longtime resident Jean Hendricksen’s push to save the art collection of Draper. It was a painstaking process and true labor of love, began by residents who simply valued art. It’s a story of passion and one that inspires me.
I’m moved by the performers in our midst—the ways that stories on the stage can change minds and teach (and simply entertain), and the way music can make us feel things in our hearts that oftentimes our heads can’t make sense of.
We are lucky in our little community to be home to so many creative people and their arts. In this issue, we highlight just a few, from paintings and pottery to theater and music. It’s almost stunning that all of these talented people are our neighbors—just regular folk who choose to create. I’m in awe of not only their ability and talent, but at the priority they give it in their life. I think of my sometimes rush-around at inane busy-ness and the disparity between that and the drive for creation gives me pause.
And I think this—THIS!—is essential: that art teaches us to stop and look, and appreciate something in the moment, something of beauty. And if that sort of ability to stop and see isn’t the best sort of lesson for us all, and we can’t seem to do it…
Well, then, I think it’s time for some of us to pick up a paintbrush.
Enjoy your March, and yes—go be creative! I will too.
Brooke Benton, Editor