I’VE ALWAYS SENSED within the artistic community an unwavering support of one another. A kinship in creativity. A connection sparked by the sheer act of creating, whether by words, by music, by paintbrush or pencil or camera or hands or…
And today I’m feeling especially valued by an artist I posted about just days ago—Craig Kotasek of Tin Can Valley Printing in Le Sueur. I wrote about his Letterpress Print Show at The Arts & Heritage Center of Montgomery (Minnesota). If you haven’t viewed that story yet, click here to read my insights into his work and to see his incredible letterpress artistry showcased in my photos.
Well, Craig heard about my post, followed up with an email to me and then posted the kindest/loveliest/nicest review of my work on his website (click here). I am not only humbled by his generous words, but by his detailed gratitude for Minnesota Prairie Roots. He clearly understands me, my artistic and journalistic passions, my love for small towns and rural Minnesota, and my desire to share my discoveries.
Craig is just one example of how generous this community of creatives.
When we create, we share part of ourselves with the world. I cannot imagine not creating. That comes from a southwestern Minnesota farm girl who grew up with minimal exposure to the arts. No music lessons. No art classes. No gallery shows. No community concerts. Nothing outside the basic core of required class courses in middle and high school.
But what I lacked in the arts I found in the prairie landscape. In the unrelenting wind. In sunsets bold and beautiful. In snowstorms that washed all color from the earth. In wild pink roses pushing through road ditch grass. In the earthy scent of black dirt turned by a plow. I took it all in, every detail in a sparse land.
And I read. Laura Ingalls Wilder, pioneer girl from Walnut Grove only 20 miles distant. Nancy Drew with her inquisitive mind. Whatever books I could find in a town without a library.
Today I feel grateful to live blocks from a library. I feel grateful to have access to the arts. You will find me often posting about creatives on this blog. Creatives like Craig Kotasek of Tin Can Valley Printing. He’s a gifted craftsman and artist specializing in letterpress printing. What a talented community of artists we have in rural Minnesota. I feel grateful to be part of that creative community.
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what a wonderful outcome. i do believe the connections and support in a creative community serve to make is so much stronger.
I feel that way about the blogging community also. I’ve made so many wonderful connections here with this supportive community of readers and bloggers. This has enriched my personal and creative lives. Thank you for being part of my supportive, creative circle.
happy to be a small part of it )
How lovely, Audrey. Good on you both.
Thank you for your support. This is a loving community of creatives, including here in the blogging community.
What a beautiful tribute to your good work, Audrey.
Yes, I feel such gratitude to Craig. So kind of him…
It’s great to be part of a community that appreciates artistry and those who contribute. Well deserved.
Thank you, Beth Ann. I feel gratitude also for this blogging community. We would never have met and become friends if not for our blogs and your “bravery” in attending my poetry reading at the Faribault library. 🙂
Audrey, those are well deserved words of praise from Craig. Lovely to see creatives supporting each other.
Thank you, Bernadette. I feel strongly that we creatives need to support one another, and that includes blogging. I am so blessed to be part of this blogging community of writers and readers.
Well deserved appreciation. Let’s see….and before blogging, there was what to share and self-express, COMMUNICATE!? One of the best attributes of the internet age. All the folks I’d never have known. And pictures too!! thank you for “growing” beyond the farm…..
Thank you, Sandra.