The Gift of Art

Every year right around Thanksgiving, our house turns into a “Santa’s workshop” of sorts. Everyone is making presents for everyone else. We are a house of artists, who draw, build, knit, sew, paint, do pottery, etc. It’s a cool thing, and makes the holiday giving even more memorable. Of course, when my daughter asked for a guitar, well, that’s what Ebay is for. Anyway, I’m often told how lucky I am to have “the gift” in art, and I somewhat wince when I hear that because, one—I think everybody has a creative ability but it needs to be nurtured to develop, and two–maybe, it is better to think of “the gift” OF art, of art being in the world, executed through many hands and minds. My husband jokes that the economy would grind to a halt if all gifts were homemade, but I think of where our economy might be if more students were nurtured to “think with their hands” and appreciate craftsmanship. Here is a well-written ezine article on craftsmanship, couching the topic as almost a patriotic duty to do things/make things well. I also found an online museum devoted to craftsmanship-http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/.In conclusion, I’d like to advocate for all of us to think of the “art” in all things we do. I believe this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to the topic well :”If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'”

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~ by lgirbino on December 26, 2010.

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