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Saturday, July 20, 2013

All we need is Art!

Here are five members of our local Arts Council, ages 30 something to 80 something, representing a town membership that sports representatives from most arts specialties, posing here  at our latest yard sale where the community could pick up art supplies, including fabric samples and a music mixer for free.

Port Orford is an arts colony in the true sense of the world. Each person in this photo is an artist and patron of the arts,  also a volunteer in schools, senior centers, veterans' centers and local cooperatives. Retirees and young mothers alike have taken up painting, dancing, music, weaving, wood carving, metalwork, ceramics, glass, bas-relief, basketry, writing, garden design...


The town has more galleries than grocery stores; more studios than businesses, more residents who embrace a lifestyle that is simply dedicated to making art, sharing art, appreciating art, than any other life pursuit. Your housekeeper can be the person whose painting you bought a few months before; your handyman, the sculptor whose award-winning pieces are hanging in the Smithsonian. Down the street and painting in your watercolor class is one of Hollywood's famous directors whose life now is dedicated to other pursuits.

The philosophy here is that the arts help us understand life.

16 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i think art does help us understand life...and i am also encouraged by the range in ages...30-80...yep that a bit about life there too---across generations...smiles.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria .. you're lucky to be in a small community and amongst people who are interested in the arts .. excellent age range ..

Cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria .. loved this representation of your small town - and it's wonderful there are so many artists amongst you ..

Encouragement from all around - that's great .. cheers Hilary

Rhodesia said...

I am by no means an artist but I love slapping a bit of paint onto a canvas. I have not had time for it for ages, come winter I must get my act together! Have a good weekend, Diane

yaya said...

I can't imagine the energy that must flow through your community with all that creativity! What a fun place to live. I'm always sad when schools threaten to exclude the arts to save money...I feel it's much more important than sports but unfortunately, it doesn't bring in the revenue. It's also nice that your community has all age ranges to learn and share talents.

Cindy said...

Glad art is a live and well there...art adds so much to everyone's life.

Eva Gallant said...

Sounds idyllic!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Sounds like a perfect place to live - surrounded by creators. Giggled at that photo.

ellen abbott said...

I would love to live in your community if it wasn't so far from my family and didn't get so cold in the winter.

Kerry said...

Yaaay for Port Orford! How cool is that. One of these days I must come down that way.

Maggie May said...

How wonderful to be surrounded by artists! Glad they are such a diversely aged group too because that adds to the enjoyment and interest as well as the balance.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Lisa said...

Port Oxford is a very special place.

Tom Sightings said...

More galleries than grocery stores? Sounds like paradise!

Amanda said...

how fortunate you are to be surrounded by such creative richness....

troutbirder said...

How intriguing. Sounds like a great community to be part of...;)

Vagabonde said...

That sounds like such an ideal town to live in – so close to the sea, friendly neighbors and art all around you.