Art is popping up all over

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Just as sure as spring follows winter and nature seems to come back to life, celebrations of human creativity and art also bloom to make the world a richer, more colorful place.

On Saturday, my son and I attended the annual Festival of the Book in the Old Alabama Town section of Montgomery. We stopped by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on our way back to Auburn – leaving just in time for my son to make it to Waverly, AL to catch the last musical acts at the 280 Boogie.  Hearing Southern Culture on the Skids live was all he had hoped it would be.

Although still resting from a busy weekend, I’m already looking forward to the second weekend in May when Auburn’s Perch Studio plans to host area artists for the second annual all-day-Saturday Insider-Outsider Art Festival at 416 South Gay St. The festival will include painters, potters, welders, clothing designers and musicians. Folk artist Charlie Lucas is expected to return.

That same weekend, the Art π group will hold its week-long art show at 450 East Thach, with an opening reception on May 12, at 6 CST.  The eight women who make up Art π have been creating together for more than a decade.  The group offers beauty from an array of media, including painting, printmaking, fiber art, gourd and glass art, writing, jewelry and various mixed media.

Pablo Picasso believed that art is the “lie” that enables us to see the truth. It expands our minds so that we are able to think abstractly, not just concretely. In these troubled times, art is a balm for the soul.  




Marian Carcache welcomes comments at carcamm@auburn.edu.