“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Robert Schumann.
Art grounds us and lifts us at the same time. It pulls us from our limited view to show possibilities, beauty, hope, depth, our true selves once again. It can be found all around us each day.
While I was at a conference this week in St. Petersburg, I found art walking along the water at sunrise, on the street past the Chihuly glass exhibit and at an event at the Dali Art Museum. I found it in conversation with peers, in sessions learning something new and in being in a different place if but for a short time to break the monotony and familiarity we build into our daily lives to keep us “safe.” It’s all around us ready to open our mind but more importantly our heart. To feel, to be jolted, to be thankful, to see light.