Take an artist to lunch

North Thompson Arts Council Arty-Facts - take an artist to lunch

On Oct. 25, 2005, International Artist Day was born through the efforts of Canadian artist Chris MacClure.  His intent was to honour the contribution artists have had, and are continuing to make, on society.  Since then, it has become an event celebrated in many different countries and is now truly international.

Art is not only painting, sculpture, writing and music.  Look at a building, any building; architecture is a form of art – ask any architect.  Look at what people are wearing, whether it is something from today’s fashion, or something from the 40’s or 50’s – that clothing is a form of art.  Landscaping is just mixed media sculpture on a grand scale.  Your hair stylist is an artist – her medium is your hair, and she allows you to direct what she does with it… a very interactive art form, indeed.

Basically, anything that brings the timeless dimension of beauty and grace to humanity can be considered a form of art.

Use this coming Oct. 25, as an opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit the local art gallery (remember, both Barriere and Clearwater now have art galleries), go to the symphony or a concert, or participate in something creative that is ‘outside the box’ of your daily life.  And remember to consider the more unusual and often forgotten artists – the cake decorators, car detailers, and tattoo artists (to name just a few).