President's Message for February
- Category: News
- Published: Sun. Feb 9, 2020
“If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry aboutwhether you’re good enough, just do it.”
— Glennon Melton, Author
Do you remember when you were first learning to dance? How did you learn? Did you learn by watching American Bandstand? Dancing with Bobby and Sissy in the kitchen to the music of the Lawrence Welk Show with your parents? Perhaps you considered joining a club and signing up for classes.
Have you ever considered the similarities of dance and art? Martha Graham, a young dancer in the 1920’s went to view a private art collection in Chicago and saw for the first time, a painting by Vassily Kandinsky. Looking at the abstract painting of a brilliant streak of red in a field of blue, she said to herself, “I will dance like that.” Some of us would like to learn to 'dance like that' or learn new steps to improve our art!
Are you giving your creative self a chance for improvement and fulfillment? We all learn in different ways whether it is reading, watching others demonstrate or associating with those of like mind and interests. Learning and lessons involve the basic steps, new faces, cost within a budget and a willingness to learn. Most of us want to dance with our ideas while learning new techniques and sharing experiences.
Omaha Artists Inc. is the organization for you! Join us for a workshop: our Fun Shops are workshops, but they are more FUN than WORK and you will learn in a friendly atmosphere at a minimal cost to you. Our luncheon programs will whet your appetite giving you the opportunity to meet those of like mind and to learn from an informative guest speaker each month. Omaha Artists Inc. was organized in February, 1946 to promote the appreciation and development of fine art in and around the Omaha Metro area: we offer two yearly scholarships to be used in continuing an education in art (see applications in this newsletter). I encourage you to take advantage of these avenues of learning.
Enjoy the dance,
Katie Johnson, President
PS: As most of you know, I have spent the last 6 weeks in New Mexico with our children and grandchildren creating memories in the sunshine. I wish to commend those who acted in my absence, handling the cancellation of the luncheon program due to the snow/ice in Omaha in January: Susan Stevens, BarbaraEgr, Carol McCall, Patti Kounkel and Jo Anne Nielsen. Please remember, we follow the Omaha PublicSchool Calendar; if the schools are closed due to inclement weather, our meetings will also be cancelled. Our OAI Board is nonpareil, don’t you agree?