|"A New Heaven, A New Earth" copyright MMSikes|
I thought, this belongs in a museum. It was probably the best art piece I've ever seen in a non-museum setting.
Later in the evening, I stood by an easel working on my painting demo when an older black man stopped to talk. It turned out that he was the sculptor who created the fabulous art work that I loved. As we talked, I learned that despite his amazing talent, this artist had not been a success in New York and was unable to find work.
"People were afraid of me," he confided. This was in the 1970s when so much racial turmoil existed.
His comment started me thinking. We judge people by first appearances. We are afraid of certain stereotypes.
Artists are unique people. We see beauty others sometimes overlook. We often care about the work we make and the process we use more that we care about selling the art piece to a stranger.
We are sensitive people. Every comment made can touch us or it can hurt us.
Sadly, we live in a world now where it is not easy to trust a stranger.
Do we have more stereotypes to fear than ever before? I think we do.
Guns are not the answer--having them or not. It doesn't matter.
The answer lies in the children. We need to build a world through them that does not have stereotypes to fear. A world without bullying.
A world where the spirit of an artist is revered.
A world that does not leave an artist with a damaged soul...
--Mary Montague Sikes