Many artistic and culturally enlightening activities will take place all over Canada during this weekend. I did not register an event myself since the number of attendants and visitors was no different from regular weekdays in the last 4 years, so I thought it didn’t make too much sense to go for the trouble again. However, the studio and the gallery will be open, and everybody is welcome.
We definitely have to evoke more interest about creative activities and visual arts in particular. “By the year 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the number two cause of “lost years of healthy life” worldwide.” (http://www.psychiatry.wustl.edu/depression/depression_facts.htm)
It is important to express oneself, to be among other people, to share your ideas and thoughts and to be busy and satisfied with at least something in your life: that makes a person less sensitive and less vulnerable; therefore such a person will find easier ways to overcome periods of upset and bad moods, anxiety attacks and desperation. That is the straightest path to the mental freedom, and it takes us away from fears, doubts and despair. Everybody who finds the strength to participate in art creation and to meet other people who enjoy creativity and creation, sooner or later finds out that there is much more to these activities, workshops and classes. It is surprising how much engaging in creation of visual art can help! While most people assume, it’s just brushing around and playing with color, these activities have wonderful ability to fill up one’s mind and to keep it busy and undisturbed for the entire length of painting or drawing session. Such activities are completely under-evaluated. The most interesting feature of artistic creation is its universality, it suits absolutely any age: kids and teens, youth, adults and seniors. Busy moms, tired workers, exhausted officials, lonely people, retirees, people who are addicted and seek an escape from their addiction, people who are stressed out and people who are completely lost in their lives: everybody can benefit from creativity. While we shouldn’t expect miracles: nobody starts to paint like Rembrandt just during one painting class, we develop a new set of skills, new methods to express our feelings and emotions, we have pleasurable experiences and we even create something beautiful which can be used in many different ways. This interest in creation can turn into our most favorite thing, as well.
The other amazing feature of art creation is its ability to fight cravings and addictions. That definitely is one more reason to keep out food and drinks of painting and drawing activities. The basic reason for not painting where one eats is the toxicity of all chemicals and paints. Art can help overcome addictions to food, alcohol, mobile devices, dependence on the internet, it also teaches how to organize oneself, how to get rid of useless and destructive emotions and how to enjoy what we have and our life.
Culture Days is a great initiative to remind us that we need way more than just daily bread and roof. Hopefully, the interest in cultural and creative activities which are realistically available to absolutely every one of us will not fade away once this weekend is over. I hope meeting at least some of my friend artists, students, potential students and art lovers at my gallery this weekend.