As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m feeling grateful. As I mentioned before, my artwork and poetry were recently exhibited at an art show, Beyond Words, in Toledo, OH. Opening night was a flurry of excited guests, yummy treats, and delectable artwork. I enjoyed taking my family and friends around to see my work. I also had the opportunity to overhear feedback on my art, reminding me of the days when I shared my poetry in front of a crowd at an open mic. I even met some of the artists that collaborated with me. One of them chose to write a piece to go with my artwork, Bamboo with Red Bird, because she, too, has an affinity for Japan and even lived there for a period of time.
Then came the icing on the cake. We attended the awards ceremony. Two of my poems received second place. What made this especially gratifying was that the poems were compared to a specific style reminiscent of a famous writer. I had never much thought about my style in regards to poetry. Apparently, I have one…or two 😉 My poem, Suffering from Poetic License, received second place for the T.S. Eliot Award: Modernist in style with a range of techniques. Another poem of mine, Whose Musing, received second place for the Mark Twain Award: humorous or social commentary. At the end, they announced the People’s Choice Award, which went to a poem written in response to my watercolor collage painting, Giraffes on Reserve, pictured above. Hooray!
Now, awards are a bonus, but not why most artists, including myself, make art. We do it because we love it. Because we have a need. It fills us up. We feel alive. It helps us make sense of the world and hopefully helps others, as well. As I said in my previous post, making a connection is the best part about participating in an art exhibition like this one.
How will you connect with the universe this holiday season?