Thoughts from an artist’s wife
March 19, 2015
“When art critics get together, they talk about form and structure and meaning. When artists get together, they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine” Pablo Picasso
The first time we went to Jackson, Wyoming for the Fall Arts Festival, we were introduced to several artists. Mingling and rubbing shoulders with them for a few days was fun and exciting. Watching them paint and sculpt in the Quick Draw was truly amazing. But one of the things that sticks out most in my mind was how “normal” they all were. I have no idea what i was expecting them to be but I guess I thought they might be more…. standoffish…..more introverted…..more….ok, a little wierd I guess. But all of them were like one of your friends and neighbors. They were just there doing their job like anybody else. They were friendly. They were funny. They were sooo talented!
Over the last few years as Dan has become more involved in doing his own art, we have become good friends with several other artists, particularly other contemporary metal artists. We admire them, we learn from them, and we enjoy visiting with them.
Like most situations in life, when you think you are the only one struggling, you can always find others who have even more challenges and yet they just keep on going. We celebrate the successes of our artist friends because we know they have paid the price to get to where they are, and we feel their support and encouragement for us.
And seriously, who else could better sympathize with you than another metal artist when a well-meaning patron tells you that she just loves the sound it makes when she runs her keys over your shiny stainless steel sculpture! That happened to us during an install of a new Art Around the Corner exhibit in St. George. This sweet lady told how she walked by Dan’s sculpture every day, and everyday she would run her keys over the stainless steel pipes. There was dead silence in the whole group of artists! What she was meaning to be a compliment, was more than a little disconcerting!! What do ya do……attempt to smile and say…..t h a n k s??
In another week we’ll be in St. George again for another install and we’ll have a chance to mingle with friends and associates. We look forward to getting up to date on all their accomplishments and maybe learning a few new tricks of the trade.
Spring is beautiful in St. George!