I was out with my wife this weekend walking through the mall late on a Sunday afternoon. She was actually the one who spotted the sign, Art Show, back in one of the corners. I almost didn’t go down the hall, but she sort of nudged me a little.
Turns out it was a Student Honors Art Program from the local
High Schools. I was amazed at their work. They had done an outstanding
job with setting up the exhibit which featured both 3D work as well as
various styles of 2D and photography. The young lady sitting the gallery
did an excellent job of guiding us through the gallery and she was very
knowledgeable of all the artists and their work.
heartening to know that some of our local schools districts have
committed to having a great Art program. You may ask why this interests
me; why not push an Industrial Arts program. I actually am pushing for
both programs. Sam Maloof for example, one of our modern woodworking
masters, was heavily involved in the Arts community. His work touched
not only woodworker but other artists. He was also an avid collector of
art in many forms. I firmly believe that woodworking is a marriage
between Art and Industry. Art guides our design and vision while
Industry guides our technical skills and execution in bringing our
vision to reality.
I want to take a moment to thank those
teachers out there who put their hearts and time into these programs.
They enrich us all with effort they put forth. Does your local school
system have a good arts program? Did you know that kids who have access
to the arts perform better in Math, English, and
part is I don’t think my own school district has this level of
commitment. I will be reaching out them in the very near future to see
how I can help. I challenge everyone to become involved. You will find
out that working with young people can be very rewarding. Plant some
seeds and watch what blossoms.