A Place for the Arts in Politics and War

Many of us have been blessed to collide with the visual or performing arts in one case or another over our lifetimes. Maybe we have participated in them ourselves, or know family members or friends who create something that we get to enjoy and see the labors of their love.

I am very lucky to have been a participant in the arts from a very young age and have many friends who to this day are artists of one nature or another. To calm my mind and for my own enjoyment, I love to play the piano.

Thanks to a public education system that does not advance any type of learning – critical thinking, history, or appreciation for the arts – much of our country’s population has lost exposure to what makes us human, and that is the ability to express ourselves in a creative manner.

Artists, whether it be people who document stories and tales, actors and actresses who take on the roles of historical figures, painters and sculptors who encapsulate feelings and expressions, or musicians that elevate the senses and create new neurological pathways in our brains (it is very scientific how music affects our auditory cortex and cerebellum), all engage in creative processes that help to “open our minds”. That is the power of the arts, and in that power we become free.

In our day-to-day drive for survival, it is easy to throw away the arts as a tertiary and completely unnecessary act of selfishness that has no real meaning in our lives. Nothing is further from the truth. The balance of our tactical brains with the arts that literally help to free our minds, is an important part of being human. And being human is something that many of us lack right now.

An instance of this is the fear and terror used with war. The War on Terror has been going on for over a decade. Over 4,015 days of constant inundation and indoctrination of fear, helplessness, and the subtle loss of our liberties by legislation like the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We are living in fear, we are losing our right to express ourselves, and this loss of the arts in our society may just be a creative vehicle to save us.

Young kids who join gangs, or people who use recreational drugs, or our troops who are coming back from the gory and catastrophic wars who has psychological problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are crying out for ways to express themselves. They are begging our communities and country to give them vehicles to let them express themselves as humans. They are lost souls seeking ways to feel and express their emotions – ways to feel and express love. Love, the solution to all things, that is not a talking point of most of our politicians.

I see the faces, and I know the pain of these innocent souls who need some form of expression to be and feel human. And in this expression, we find peace and love; and it would not hurt our world a bit to feel more love for these people who need it right now.

Call to Artists – National Art Competition

"Liberty and the 'Tooth of Time' along Santa Fe Trail" by Jeff Tabor

The Art Press Club, On-going Art Competition

Several times every year the Art Press Club and other sponsors award opportunities to promote artists work in print, web and gallery exhibitions.  The mission is to help artists market their work and become a recognized and collected artist.  Marketing art can be a complex and expensive effort and by offering marketing assistance to artists who enter we increase your exposure to art professionals who sell, buy and collect art.

Mediums accepted are:  Acrylic, Ceramics, Digital Media, Glass, Mosaic, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed media, Metalsmithing, Sculpture, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Watercolor, Woodworking

A annual (non-refundable) jury fee of $20. allows you to submit two digital images of your work for consideration and subscription to our bi-annual newsletter.

Images submitted must be PDF or Jpeg files less than 10MB.

Via email or US Mail on a CD only.

email images will only be considered after payment is received.

Send your images to:

artbuyerguides@gmail.com Make sure you include your name and contact information!

NO phone calls are accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Payment by check or money order of $20. to:

The Good American Post

Attention: Call to Artists

P.O. Box 2

Trinidad, CO  81082-0002

Make payment to: 91Imagine, Inc.

Other rules and guidelines available at www.artbuyerguides.com

Interview with Artist – Justin Sonny Eagles

Justin Sonny Eagles - Photograph by Kevin Howard Photography

Typically when one writes to describe their art and surrounding story, the words follow a diluted prototype describing the “artistic vision” as a sales pitch.  Not me.  I use to be hesitant to reveal myself, but as the artist Goya compared the risk of painting to that of bullfighting, there can be no fear in being a painter.  People have said there seems to be a great deal of anger and aggression in my work,-they’re right.

"Orphans" by Justin Sonny Eagles

I grew up under the everyday pressures of my family falling further and further into debt.  I often watched my mother’s face transform from a beautiful woman into a drained scared ghost, slipping away into the memories of her own financially hard childhood.  My father (the toughest badass you’ll ever meet) walked with his head falling low, as if he was drowning in the burden of life.  A cabinet maker, living job by job, hoping the next contractor didn’t cheat him out of money like others had before, igniting painful reminders of the mistreatment and racism he suffered in his youth.  They tried so hard to provide for their family and seek assistance, while bill collectors and lawyers threatened to take away what little was left, everyday.  Topped by my own demons chasing me, the emotions generated deep inside.  From fear to depression, from depression to anger.  And then one day I discovered painting.  I had been drawing for my whole life, but for the first time all my pain and emotions poured out through my brush.  Like a poet using words as weaponry, my paint became my ammunition.

There are many painters who possess remarkable skills but are missing the most essential ability of all.  Strip away my hard work and developed techniques, and I will still convey my most courageous quality, my heart.  I paint with all my heart.  I paint with anger and aggression, as well as love, hurt, dismay, concern, and ecstasy.  Simply put I paint with passion.

"Orphans Grandpa" by Justin Sonny Eagles

QUESTIONS FROM THE GOOD AMERICAN POST

What is your “medium” of artwork and what inspired you to start such?
Oil painting. Girls and money.
Who is your mentor/role model/etc.?
In painting, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Goya, Dali, Bonnat, El Greco,  still living and breathing artist Antonio Lopez Garcia.

Where or did you train/study to do what you are doing now?
I was taught anatomy by my Father, who studied a little art and was a professional bodybuilder.  Most of what I learned in oil painting I taught myself through experimentation.
What is your favorite thing to photograph/paint/sculpt/etc.?
People with stories on their faces, who have lived life, interesting characters.

Why is that your favorite thing to paint?
Because I feel there’s a lot to learn from people’s stories.

Where can people find your work?
Currently at Kevin Howard’s Photography Studio, The Warehouse restaurant, and Cucuru Gallery Café.

Contact Information:

SEagles254@aol.com

Diana_a2@hotmail.com

(719) 495-8940

Call to Artists – National Art Competition

Sue Norris' Bronze Canary at The Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial

The Art Press Club, On-going Art Competition

Several times every year the Art Press Club and other sponsors award opportunities to promote artists work in print, web and gallery exhibitions.  The mission is to help artists market their work and become a recognized and collected artist.  Marketing art can be a complex and expensive effort and by offering marketing assistance to artists who enter we increase your exposure to art professionals who sell, buy and collect art.

Mediums accepted are:  Acrylic, Ceramics, Digital Media, Glass, Mosaic, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed media, Metalsmithing, Sculpture, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Watercolor, Woodworking

A annual (non-refundable) jury fee of $20. allows you to submit two digital images of your work for consideration and subscription to our bi-annual newsletter.

Images submitted must be PDF or Jpeg files less than 10MB.

Via email or US Mail on a CD only.

email images will only be considered after payment is received.

Send your images to:

artbuyerguides@gmail.com Make sure you include your name and contact information!

NO phone calls are accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Payment by check or money order of $20. to:

The Good American Post

Attention: Call to Artists

P.O. Box 2

Trinidad, CO  81082-0002

Make payment to: 91Imagine, Inc.

Other rules and guidelines available at www.artbuyerguides.com

The Beauty and Thrill of Exploring Color

That’s how Artist and Gallery Owner Jeff Tabor describes his love and appreciation of color.  His Gallery on Historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico reflects his interests in color with the large assortment of artists represented including his own works.

Go to: www.goodamericanpost.com and click on the “Page 12” Link to read the whole story…..

By The Art Press Club



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