Another Art Walk Just a Memory

June 17, 2009 at 7:25 am 17 comments

One of my favorite things about living in a small town is that simple events are big deals and everyone comes out to support them. We wrapped up our eleventh annual Art Walk this past weekend.Art Walk Thom Bookman
Even in this rural area, every area of art was represented. Five published authors, two musical groups including chamber music, classical piano and down home folk/country, every kind of artist from oil painters to pencil sketchers. Quilters and sculpters, jewelers and actors…everyone respecting and appreciating everyone elses form of art.  Art Walk Flutasia Considering this is a town of less than 2,000 people, we have an amazing amount of talent.  Because I just can’t accept such a thing as coincidence, I have a theory for this phenomena that is totally unscientific.  

  This town started out like most other settlements in Ohio as just that, a settlement.  But we were settled by a savvy businessman who quickly started a lumber business, then began working the coal mines and shipped in all those people necessary to keep all that business going.  We are farming on clay here, so it wasn’t long before people were making pottery to exchange for food at the general store.  Pottery so popular it shipped out of here by the train load.  Time marched on, and somebody painted something on a piece of pottery to make it different from his/her neighbors.  That is where the unusually high concentration of artists comes in.  This was a pottery town in it’s prime.Art Walk Pottery  In their boom days they needed many, many decorators so people who had that ability moved here, had families and by the time the potteries began to fail…I’m sure every household either had a painter living there, or had someone with a painters DNA coursing through them.  I imagine that explanation would also work for the abundance of truly beautiful people who populate California.  If you consider that the most beautiful people from every state flocked to the coast during the early days of the movie studios then ultimately failed as actors but stayed, married each other…ta dah, beautiful population. 

That’s my theory, I’m sticking to it.

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  • 1. anhinga  |  June 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Sounds perfectly logical to me. My home town of about 12,000 instead of bringing people in, scattered its young maidens to the wind, blown like dandelions when the Navy base opened. We couldn’t resist a man in uniform and took our talents far and wide, whatever they were. Now perhaps the population has stabilized. The Navy base has been replaced with a prison. 🙂

    • 2. katcampbell  |  June 18, 2009 at 6:55 am

      Well, that’s not much of a replacement, a prison!

  • 3. Quilly  |  June 17, 2009 at 8:58 am

    One theory is as good as another. It is only when one starts trying to add proofs that things get complicated.

    • 4. katcampbell  |  June 18, 2009 at 6:56 am

      Yeah, Quilly, I agree. Nuthin worse than science!

  • 5. Little old me  |  June 17, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I love your theory

  • 6. Nessa  |  June 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Makes perfect sense to me. I wish our small towns had shows like that but inevitably they are only excuses to sell crafts that are a dime a dozen.

    • 7. katcampbell  |  June 18, 2009 at 6:57 am

      Ours used to be that way too. We turned it around by forbidding anyone to sell their art at our walk. We also jury the show, a crafter can’t get in.

  • 8. aine evans  |  June 18, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Great theory! It really does make perfect sense.

    I’ve often marvelled at the power of DNA in our interests and hobbies. One of my assignments when I was studying Occupational Therapy, was to create a family tree with hobbies and interests (which of course required lots of conversations with the family “elders.”) It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience.

    A branch of my mother’s family who still live in Germany have been potters for several generations. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try, but alas, haven’t yet. My sister took a class once and loved it, and my niece is currently a sculptor, majoring in art in college.

    • 9. katcampbell  |  June 18, 2009 at 6:58 am

      Passed down talent has always interested me. My family is very musical, but those of us that didn’t inherit perfect pitch are writers. Interesting.

  • 10. anthonynorth  |  June 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    An interesting idea. Not sure it applies in all circumstances, though. I know of many creative people appearing in families with no history of creativity. On the other hand, maybe previous generations were simply not given the chance in those families.

    • 11. katcampbell  |  June 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      Nothing ever applies in all circumstances. I think you’re right about some creative people just never getting the chance to exercise their gift. I’m trying to imagine one of our painters hauling out an easel on a rural farm during the depression. He would have been stoned on the spot most likely,.

  • 12. Wanderlust Scarlett  |  June 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I love those kind of things!!! So fun!

    Thank you for sharing it.

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  • 13. Dr. John  |  June 19, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Sounds like a very reasonable theory to me.

  • 14. smileymamaT  |  June 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Wow, that theory absolutely makes sense. Lucky you to live in a small town full of artsy-fartsy and talented people! That’s it, I’m packing up and moving there right now. OK well in my mind I am. 🙂

  • 15. guyana gyal  |  June 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    THIS is the sort of art activity I’m trying to get folks involved in here. It’s not easy, there’s all this procrastination [amongst them], red-tape like behaviour, meetings…shees.

    Enjoy it, Kat.

    I enjoy movies about small towns. Don’t know why, I just do.

  • 16. Little old me  |  August 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hows it going Kat

  • 17. hayden  |  November 10, 2009 at 7:01 am

    humm. the only QUESTION I see around the Ca theory is ….. having lived in SF most of my life, I’ve rarely met anyone born there. Everyone comes from somewhere else…


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