Where is the line between 'craft' and 'art'. For us at Tallgrass Art Gallery, it's a pretty blurry line. Personally I believe if you have mastered a 'craft' to a point where it shows originality and use of media, it's art. This includes not only the visual arts, but poetry, dance and music.
Hand beaded Native American items, showing great skill and use of color, a Billy Royal show saddle or a hand carved walking stick by Harold E. Turpin are surely art. The Native American bead work here shows great use of color and a skill to be envied in the use of the materials. Billy Royal's Show Saddle with hand engraved silver overlay plates is art. Every piece Harold carves is unique and different, showing his ability to see the object he wants to portray in the material before he starts to carve it.
Recently, I met with several cowboy poets to discuss publishing a book of their work. I came away with a reaffirmed belief that this is art.
We are surrounded by art, but sometimes we have to stop and realize it. Art is not just the items we hang on or walls, grace our homes or we see and listen to. Art is broader than that and has the ability to enhance every portion of our lives. For me...if you can cook a great meal, or make an awesome loaf of bread...that too is an art. And I do love 'good art'.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery