Gratitude, the Arts and Culture — April 2013
Dear friends –
Thank you for your encouragement of my art, your attendance at various art events these last few years and your support of my new exhibit – The Elegance of Spring at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Opening Reception for The Elegance of Spring exhibit this past Saturday was absolutely delightful! The beautiful spring weather and sunshine put an extra sparkle on the art and we had a steady flow of guests as you can see from these photos.
Support of the arts is vital not just to encourage artists that you may know like me, but also to enrich our culture. I had the privilege of hearing Yo-Yo Ma last week, the accomplished cellist, when he delivered the Nancy Hanks Lecture for the Americans for the Arts Conference in Washington, DC. You could have heard a pin drop as he discussed the role of arts in cultivating collaboration, imagination and innovation in our culture. And to bring his messages to life, he brought on stage several different musical performers to join him in various tunes. They were all outstanding, but none so moving as the six very wounded veterans who joined him on stage to perform. Ma calls himself a “venture culturalist” – it’s very apt as he is investing and sharing his extraordinary gifts and fame to stimulate the role of arts in contributing to a vibrant society.
I could go on and on about it, but I think you will be more touched by seeing it for yourself. Here is a link to his presentation. It’s about one hour in length… but I promise you – it will be worth every minute of watching it.
On behalf of all artists, thank you for encouraging us.