Taking a second look at art scene

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “All you need is art”
Jan. 16, 2009

To the editor:
In a Gazette piece last month, local groups were featured who promote and encourage the production of local art simply as a means of expressing diversity in the community. I was really intrigued when I read about the East Village Arts Co-op’s efforts to not only provide materials for people to create art, but also the commitments they have to displaying the work of local artists.

Reading about art being used as a collaborative medium as well as a beauty all its own really inspired me and some friends to do our part to contribute to London’s budding art scene. We thought it would be really great to enable people from all walks of life to come together over art and what better way to do this than provide our own version of the MOMA in a public space for anyone to enjoy. Amateur pieces will be on display in Victoria Park this coming Saturday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with their creators on hand to take criticisms and discuss their inspirations.

What’s great about art is that it is completely interpretive and there is no right or wrong way to understand it. In fact, understanding art isn’t even a necessary prerequisite to enjoying it. The power of art as a political instigator can be immeasurable, but I think sometimes what’s best about the creative genius is its ability to simply intrigue anyone who gives it a second look.
" Lauren Israel

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