This is serious, okay?

Bolotowsky, "Grey Diamond"

Grey Diamond, by Ilya Bolotowski (1955).
Art Institute of Chicago.

Hey internet! This is my very first blog post. I probably spent way more time working the layout before I even really had any content to write about. (I think really I’m just stalling the writing process because that seems like the more intimidating part.) But also, learning html code has been surprisingly way more fun than I expected. Who would have thought?! Go problem solving!

I digress. I decided to start this blog because I wanted a place to write about art. (Duh) I just graduated from college with a degree in Arts Administration and I now work for a small non-profit filmmaking center for kids. I love art. I’ve loved it since my dad taught me “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” on the classical guitar (“keep that left foot up, even if the rockstars don’t!”), since I wrote my first song at the age of four (I think the lyrics were – “my dad’s name is Sam and he likes music/la la lalala”), since I studied my grandmother’s watercolor portfolio from under my bed, and since I organized my first benefit concert at a local venue during high school.

I think art is something that can be accessed by anyone, but that it also can take work to access it. Artists give everything they have to make it, so art patrons should have to give something of themselves to appreciate it. Sometimes it doesn’t just “speak” to us, and that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be simple. It can be a grey area sort of thing. A painting on a wall looks at us and tells us things. A piece of music transports us. A film motivates. It does it in different ways to different people and yet it’s all under this umbrella term “art”. Weird, and worth exploring.

Okay, enough with the cheesy. I won’t do that again, promise. With that, I introduce “Nourish Arts” – a place for art to be written about by me, and maybe even read by you. Explore some art with me! This is serious stuff!

Thanks for joining me, and welcome!