If a Tree Falls...
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, did it really make a sound?
I've always thought this was a ridiculous question. Of course the tree would make a sound if it fell. It doesn't matter if it has an audience to hear its sound. Or does it?
Let's think about this tree scenario in terms of art. If you make a piece of artwork and no one is there to enjoy it, is it really art? Now, some might argue that art is in the making--the expression. It doesn't matter who sees it.
I would argue that art sitting in a basement, sketchbook, or in a pile somewhere is not doing what art is meant to do. I believe that, while the making of art is important, the action of viewing art--the interaction between a viewer and a work of art gives life and meaning to the art.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to have a booth at a local fundraising event in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This was a great opportunity to get my work out there for some quality community interactions! It was a wonderful evening of discussing my work with others, and listening as connections were made between patrons and paintings! As an artist, there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing someone make a meaningful connection with a work of art. And, truth be told, there is no way that connection would have happened if my work was sitting in a pile in my studio. In order for my work to have MEANING, it must be seen.
This month I also have my work hanging in a show at Coal Creek, a coffee shop and gallery space in downtown Laramie, WY. Next month the show will move to Everyday Joe's art gallery in Fort Collins, where it will have the opportunity to be seen by a whole new crowd! I try to hang traveling shows every month or two, as well as more permanent installations in galleries in order to show my work in as many different ways as possible. If you know of a good venue for my work, please send me a message. I am always open to new opportunities to share my work!
Also, be sure to check my "Upcoming Events" tab to keep up with my upcoming shows and opportunities for YOU to see some of my work in person!
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Welcome to the whimsical world of Tara Pappas' mixed media art! Thank you for stopping by to view samples of my work and read a little about my adventures as an artist. I am always looking for new ways to connect and grow as an artist, so would love to hear from you if you have any questions or interests in a particular piece. I hope that my work brings you inspiration and joy!
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