International Artists Day

Since 2004, we have celebrated October 25 as International Artists Day. This holiday was founded by Chris MacClure, a Canadian artist who specializes in the style known as “Romantic Realism.” Art scholar John Baur described this art type as “a form of realism modified to express a romantic attitude or meaning.” If that still leaves you confused, you are not alone! Looking at the paintings done by Chris MacClure, it seems to me his art conveys the optimistic side of life, and the beauty of nature, but I am no expert.

At any rate, this day was created to honor all the contributions artists have given society, and to raise awareness of art and artists. Art has been an important part of the human experience for time out of mind. The first records of the world are not written in books, but are captured in paintings, sculptures, and music, which helps to paint a picture of world lost to the past. But it is not only a day to remember the artistic endeavors of the past, but also to celebrate living artists.

By the way, this day is not just to honor painters. Artists work with many different mediums. They include painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, actors, digital artists and more. I would also include those who do what might be called practical art, such as working in fiber or clay or wood, to make those things we use every day.

The very best way to celebrate this day is to support a local artist. But if that is not possible, then attend a concert or go to an art gallery or to a museum to see arts of the past. At the very least stop to appreciate those who make the world a more beautiful place.

Quotes about art

The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.—Aristotle

All great art … creates in the beholder not self-satisfaction but wonder and awe. Its great liberation is to lift us out of ourselves.–Dorothy Thompson

Any form of art is a form of power, it has impact, it can affect change–it can not only move us, it makes us move.–Ossie Davis

Art affirms all that is best in man — hope, faith, love, beauty, prayer…What he dreams of and what he hopes for. What is art? Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.–Andrei Tarkovsk

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.–Pablo Picasso

[The artist] speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation–and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear…which binds together all humanity–the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.–Joseph Conrad

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.–G. K. Chesterton

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.–Aldous Huxley

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.–Anais Nin

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