The arts is one of the broadest categories on the planet. Depending on who is discussing “art,” it can encompass painting, drawing, sculpture and even performance art, such as theater and dance. Regardless of what form it takes, it is self-expression at its best. The artist is opening themselves up to the world to see who they are inside. It may be as simple as displaying a painting at a gallery or getting up on stage to portray a particular character. There is inner beauty within art and it can be interpreted in many different ways. A single painting can take on a hundred different meanings simply by asking a hundred different people to comment on it.

Art can be a way of decorating– and everyone has their own likes and dislikes. As soon as art is hung on the wall or placed inside of a home or business, it takes on its own life. It helps to describe the person who owns the art because it is not only a form of expressing what the artist felt but also the person who bought it. Many people choose to surround themselves with art as a way of defining their own personality and characteristics. Art, in print or in theatre, has the ability to transport a person away from reality. When a person wants to escape from the everyday, they can walk the halls of a museum, go to an art exhibit, see the ballet, an opera, or any other kind of performance. The arts are for everyone. While not everyone can make art, everyone has art in their lives, whether they realize it or not.

Cynthia Lopez