I've written previously about "the art museum down the road" and gave you a visual tour of some of my favorite contemporary pieces.
Today I'm sharing handmade work made since the colonial period - American Made at Crystal Bridges. This temporary exhibit showing treasures from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City and currently in Northwest Arkansas, is full of details from makers over the past few hundred years.
These collective details took countless time and intense concentration and unquestionable amounts of work. Work that, in many cases wasn't "required". The artists whose work is shared in this exhibit are largely not "professionals". In large part, these people were not paid to spend hours of their long winter nights hand stitching intricate patterns on quilts that would survive years of use and abuse and picnic spills.
I would suppose that these people painted, carved, stitched, cut, glued, wove, and made because something inside them called out to be put forth into the world. These people listened.
And, as someone who has experienced this exhibit in 2016, I appreciate their willingness to listen and do.
Check out more about the exhibit here and if you are a Northwest Arkansas local go see the show before its last day - September 19th.
I am a watercolor artist in Northwest Arkansas. I'm inspired by bold graphic pattern (which apparently is not as modern as I once believed) and the organic lines found in nature.
And flowers. I have spent my entire life trying to replicate flowers. Which, I've come to realize, is impossible. But I try anyway.