Spring has definitely entered the High Plains, not based on the passing of an arbitrary calendar date, but on the presence of warmer nights, windy days with an underlying warmth, and the increase of activity. It is probably too early to put away one’s jacket and sweater, but I feel confident in storing my Green Bay Packers coat.
Last evening, my wife and I took the dogs for a walk — the first long walk the terrier has had since her surgery. We were sharing the neighborhood with other couples, families, and bicyclists. My own bicycle tires need pumping — it is time to get back in shape. A thousand clues tell us that, at least for now, outdoors is to be enjoyed. Forget the pollen count and get out and shake off the winter.
Stroll down Main Street. If it happens to be April 18-20, you can stop by the Main Arteri and catch the Spring Fling art show of Pintores, our local art league. Admission is free.
It’s a given that area artists put their best foot forward. If you attend the show, go into it with an intent to understand something more about yourself.
For example: What is your current working definition of art? How many of the pieces in the show meet that criteria? My current definition is art is that which tells a story. The story may be one that you as a viewer do not understand, but does art tell a story.
Another question to ask: is this piece created with the viewer in mind, or is the viewer a bystander? In other words, is this artist primarily creating for self expression, and if you identify with it, fine; if you don’t, fine too.
Neither of the above is right or wrong. Equally, you don’t need to buy into my definition of art. But what is your definition?
Local artists work against obvious odds, one of these is the poor economy in which we currently move. If an artist is basing his or her self image on sales — well, it’s a bad time to be doing that.
Other questions you might ask, attending the show is what is the driving force behind this work? That painting? This photo? Is there a statement being made? Is it a statement that is likely to engender controversy?
Again, there is no clear right or wrong — these are just questions to help you get more out of the show.
Pintores members work hard, not just to create their art, but to create this showcase for it. Stop on over — you might end up joining the art league yourself.
Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and a college instructor. He can be contacted at: