Art – It Does a Spirit Good

senior sceneWe are all Artists. We live in Art. Waxy cool freshly falling aspen leaves caress us with Sculptural Art, their quiet rustle a song of Musical Art. Dancing yellow circles swirl in a creek eddy of Performance Art. Cobalt blue above fluttering gold breathes Visual Art deep into the soul. A last lone raspberry rolling on the tongue is Culinary Art.

An artful life does not require us to create, own, or study Art, only to observe and experience it. Some of us live our Art, sharing an alpenglow vista with a friend, sipping a hot drink, the breeze sweeping into the blankets wrapped around us. We warm ourselves around a flickering fire, flames leaping skyward in an ever-changing sculpture, revealing faces in gnarled burning logs.

Art is not all about human creations, years of study at Fine Art schools, or the exacting science of materials and techniques. Art is holding a small piece of the vast world around us and fully immersing ourselves in it. Art is an emotional connection with a shape, a color, a texture, a glint of light, a taste, a sound, a detail, or a vista.

Art stirs in us an emotion, a memory, a bridge to something deep inside of us. We collect Nature Art – a pebble, a dried leaf, a twisted twig that delights and touches us. We collect Human Art – pieces by Artists that capture a shared sensation, wrought with a brush, lens, clay, wood, glass or stone. The Artist unveils the humor of playfully arranged objects, the drama of a stormy sky, the rhythm of sand patterns, the intricacy of leaf veins. The Artist focuses our world on a moment, a sense, a scene or detail we may otherwise miss.

We surround ourselves with Art because it speaks to us; it transports us to the rich world within ourselves. Photographer Chris Brown describes his Art as “the exploration of the familiar in search of the mysterious.” So, perhaps, is all of Art. And all of Life.

Whatever draws us to Nature Art or Human Art, we must respond. Deep in our spirits we must listen to the voice that stirs us. See it, feel it, touch it, breathe it.
Art. Go Live It.

Boulder Open Studios Tour is an inspiring opportunity to connect with Artists on many levels in their creative spaces and to enjoy their full body of work unavailable in shows and galleries. For two weekends each October, local artists open their hearts and souls, homes and studios to welcome us into their worlds. Experience it this weekend from Noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Nederland studios include painter Marie Channer (64 Valleyview Drive) and sculptor/photographer Marlyn Cheshes (255 Indian Peaks Drive). Due to the flood, other local mountain artists moved temporarily to 2740 Canyon Boulevard, in the center of a tour of 135 artists in Boulder and beyond.

See samples by each Artist at the Boulder Public Library Canyon Gallery. Find information at and/or purchase a $10 map to support the event (making touring much easier) at all Whole Foods Markets and some bookstores and galleries in Boulder.

Wrap up the big Art weekend here at home with the Opening Reception for the new show at Art at the Center at the Nederland Community Center Sunday, October 13, 4pm to 7pm. This popular event kicks off an all-photography show of juried local talent and the Boulder Portrait Photographers exhibit. Enjoy meeting the Artists at this free family-friendly wine-and-appetizers community gathering.
Everyone is invited to the Nederland Area Seniors luncheon at the Nederland Community Center at noon. A donation of $4 is requested from those over 60 years of age and $8.25 all others, but no seniors are turned away due to inability to pay. Please make reservations by 4pm Friday for Monday lunch and 4pm Monday for Wednesday lunch at 303-258-0799.

Monday, October 14: Chicken Salad, Tomato Soup, Roll, Mixed Greens Salad, Grapes
Wednesday, October 16: Macaroni/Cheese, Greens Salad, WW Roll, Fruit Parfait

Serene Karplus

About the Author: Serene Karplus – is the Executive Director of the Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. (NAS) which assists senior citizens in enhancing their quality of life, enabling them to live a life of respect and honor.  This is accomplished through the facilitation of nutrition, transportation, education, recreation, socialization and outreach programs for all seniors living in the Greater Nederland Area. Serene is a contributor to The Mountain-Ear with her Senior Scene column.