I use to have a T-shirt that said: ” You Gotta Have Art.” I was at a filling station one day and this burly truck driver looking type came up to me and asked: “Why?’ I thought for a moment, but I really didn’t have an answer other that humans seem to need to express themselves in some artistic way.
Art goes back to prehistory when the cavemen drew pictures of animals they had hunted on the cave wall. It was a certain type of magic that is called representational magic. What you do to the painting will happen in real life, thereby ensuring a successful hunt.
So back then art had a practical purpose, at least in the minds of our hunter gatherer ancestors. Later art became the sole domain of the rich. It also became a way for someone who is poor to gain wealth and respect by getting a commission from some rick folk who wanted their portraits painted. Just as Leonardo, they paid very well. If some of the geniuses of the renaissance had to work for a living, we wouldn’t have had the discoveries that we had. They would have been too tired to be inspired.
Today, we can sit back and appreciate all the different kinds of art that is out there. And if we have a mind to, we can even create some of our own. I don’t have any artistic talent except that I write. But I have noticed that artistic types, (and I hang around a lot of them), seem to be somehow different from the general population.
They feel uncomfortable showing their work to the general population, but when they are around other artists, they seem to open up and appreciate each other’s work. It’s like they feel some how different until they meet a like-minded soul.
So if you’d like to get a little taste of art then come to the American Arts Experience coming in October to St. Louis. It’s a 17 day extravaganza. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, The arts festival will launch in St. Louis in October.
The first American Arts Experience-St. Louis will showcase artists of every type and form working in all kinds of mediums. The art will be featured in a number of different venues around the city. Modeled after the famed Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., the American Arts Experience will feature both exhibitions and you may just get to meet some of the artists.
“St. Louis has the institutions and artistic directors to be a great festival city,” said Paul Reuter, executive director of the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries. “I envision this as an annual event that will draw visitors from across the region.”
Remember “you Gotta Have Art.”