Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Gallery Life: Analog Community
This past weekend I had the first meeting with The Gallery Life and their newly officialized creative team. A lot of you will remember The Gallery Life as the event I "bartended" this summer. And it is. But it is so much more. The point of that event was to make connections locally, right in our community, with other makers of things and dreamers of dreams. I'm thrilled to be part of the official team brainstorming this event and others like it and as I sat in the meeting on Saturday afternoon, I couldn't help but let the excitement well up and spill over. As a creative person, being linked with other creative people is essential to my inspiration. Often times, it seems like such a community can only be found online. It is so easy with online communities like HitRecord or even these blogs to feel like you're part of something important. And you are. And you constantly inspire me, all of you "virtual" friends. But there is nothing like taking that desire for community and going analog with it. As I sat on Cait's couch, feet curled under me, eating strawberries and talking big ideas with my fellow team members, I saw the truth of that.
Community. Excellence. Creativity. Worship. These are the reasons I'm part of the Gallery Life and why I can't wait to start hosting "pop-up" events within our local community where artists and non-artists can get together and make things and learn from each other. We believe that every person on this earth has that creative spark and that it is translated differently in each person's life. Maybe you aren't accustomed to thinking of yourself as "artistic," but instead are a brilliant strategist or simply the best at navigating the ins and outs of complicated relationships. That is art. That is creativity. And The Gallery Life exists to applaud and establish that in our community.
I want to encourage you to go analog with your inspiration this week. Maybe for you, that will look like meeting up for coffee with an artist you "met" through Instagram. Maybe that'll mean grabbing a niece or nephew and playing architect with Legos. Sketching in a park and inspiring conversation. Emptying your closet and organizing it in a new way. Whatever your creative outlet, do it this week without involving a computer or your phone. Do it with a fellow human. You'll be surprised what creating alongside an in-the-flesh person will do for your inspiration. Unplug. It's okay. We can always be connected to wifi tomorrow. But make sure you come back and tell me what you chose to do, so we can share in your fun. I'm all about that.