Yesterday I learned of the passing of one gallery craftsperson, Dana Sanders Talbert, Cherokee Basket Maker. Although Dana was a 'recent' addition to the artists Tallgrass Art Gallery represents, I was struck by her love for her craft, desire to learn and her desire to share her work with others, especially children.
Crafts People who carry on the traditions of their People, culture or place are important parts of the arts. Dana's passing encouraged me to consider the legacy craftspeople who carry on traditional methods leave behind. They educate others while 'conserving' the arts they practice. Often unheralded by their contemporaries, they toil to produce fine crafts because of a personal love for these items and a dersire to keep the traditions of their cultures alive.
As we enter the Holiday Season, let's remember those who practice fine crafts, produce art and keep traditions alive, not only for themselves, but for the future generations and all humankind. When one heritage craftsperson passes, it leaves a gap that can only be filled by someone who also cherishes the art and has a personal desire to produce living history. Give a gift that supports local artists, craftspeople and encourages their work in your community.