This year is one of big transitions in my family. One sister is moving from Illinois to Florida, another one is moving from California to Arizona. One nephew and wife are moving from one home in Texas to another, and his sister and family are doing the same. A second nephew and wife are moving from Michigan to Arizona. We are expecting two little strangers to join the family. See my big smile? And the long winter has me thinking of making a change too.
My brother is taking a big step, exhibiting his art for the first time. He is a wonderful photographer, and will show his photos at the local Library. He is the first artist to do so there, as I was the first one at my Library.
It’s difficult to take that step. It feels very personal to show your art, like baring your soul to others. It allows people to see the way you see the world, and how you think about it. It can make you feel defensive. Someone who has not done it may think it’s showing off, boasting. But I assure you, it is more of a reaching out to share with people, to find the things we have in common.
For many years I felt different from the people around me. I thought they would not understand my compulsion to make things, and my non traditional sense of beauty. I was afraid to show my true self. I cannot imagine how my life would be without the true friends I now enjoy, all of whom I met through sharing my art. My brother has a great store of friends already. And soon they will know him better, and he’ll have new ones too. And they will know him as the artist they met at the Library.