A few weeks before the 2018 Oak Street Fine Arts Fair, we spent a fun morning talking with reporter Chanda Green as Byron Hetzler snapped photos.
We loved the new feature story, Collective Souls: Oak Street Artists Nurture the Connections between Art and Community. Pick up a copy of the (beautiful, full-color, glossy) magazine where The Southern Illinoisan is sold, and see Chanda's story and Byron's photos online at the Life & Style website here.
Jennifer will edit things down to about 6 minutes for a spot (in April) on her Morning Conversation series. Stay tuned!
A couple of years ago I gave one of my handmade bookmarks to a good friend.
I received an email from her a week ago about the bookmark. Her father has been in the hospital and very ill. My friend has been caring for him and feeling extremely lonely. She sat down to read and escape from her daily trials and found my bookmark. Instantly the bookmark reminded her of me and our friendship and quelled her loneliness--so much so that she emailed a thank you.
Grace keeps on giving because the bookmark--my bit of grace--helped me in a time I was reflecting on missing my mother, who had passed the previous year.
So in a sense my gift of art returned grace to me in my time of reflecting on my loss.
I've come to the conclusion that in our creative work we are at our best, and that equates to grace. So when we freely give to others our creativeness, we are sharing our grace.
INVITATION: Do you have a story of art and grace? We'd love to hear, so please share it in the comments below.
Ceramic artist and Oak Street Art Group member Darby Ortolano is featured in the November 15 issue of "I Like Illinois" as the Artist of the Month!
Read the full profile at www.ilikeillinois.com/living/arts-culture/624-artist-of-the-month-darby-ortolano.
Painter and Oak St. Art Group member Rachel Malcolm Ensor talks about art in everyday life.
My husband and I support our local community by making purchases in our community. Recently we refined our goal even more by deciding to purchase handmade items for our home, particularly our kitchen, from artists in the area. Also when we go out of town, we seek out galleries and make purchases as we can. Our most recent goal is to collect mugs made by artists, particularly really well-known artists, because this way, we can have something that is a specific work of art that we use every day, So we're integrating art into our daily lives.
This connects to the idea of the Bauhaus in early 20th century Germany, that art should be part of our every day experience: The teapot should be a work of art, the glass we drink out of should be a work of art, and the chair we sit in should be a work of art. We already had an extensive collection of art and artifacts, but they're not utilitarian. So this is a new thing for us, and we are loving it.
As a friend of mine told me about bookmarks that I make, "You know, every time I read that book and use your bookmark, I think of you." And we do the same thing when we drink out of a cup made by [ceramic artists] Darby Ortolano or Rob Lorenz. We think of them and appreciate their artistry.
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