There are many observances during the month of March. The one I have elected to highlight is National Reading Awareness Month. This photo depicts selected works of Stephen King. I am using National Reading Month as a segue to discussing the arts in general.
Merriam Webster has several definitions of art. I suppose the definitions that fit this article the best are “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects” and “decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter.”
I believe there are so many forms of art that most anything one wants to collect could be considered art, such as vintage bar shakers and glasses or hand painted china.
I believe art is in the eye of the beholder. I have had individuals tell me they do not believe photography is an art. I suppose if one is just taking snap shots as in just pointing and shooting, possibly it wouldn’t be considered art in the strictest sense of the word. However, if the photographer is happy with the results, then to them it is art.
When it comes to art, perhaps I am more liberal than most in my definition of art. I believe any tangible item someone creates or even modifies can be considered art, such as tole painting, decorative art modification of automobiles, and furniture, etc.
As you may have guessed, I am a fan of Stephen King. I love to read, and I wish I could write a good book that would become a best seller: but oh well, just another fantasy.
I found my love in photography. I believe everyone should explore their love of an art whether visiting an art museum, writing, playing a musical interment, or just listening to music, etc.
Many politicians over the years have tried to defund the arts. I know symphonies across the United States have had a hard time attaining funding. Research has shown every dollar that goes to support the arts has a return of up to 10 times the investment.
So, the next time you hear a song on the radio, pick up a book, or visit an art museum, think about how empty the world would be without art.
Have a great March, and create something artistic or take in a piece of art someone created.
Larry Lacy has been involved with photography for more than 30 years. He is also co-founder of Pinnacle Management Group, Incorporated. Traveling to clients nationally and internationally has given him a wealth of opportunities to engage in his first love: photography. Website/Store – Facebook – Twitter
Photo Credit – Larry Lacy