Day 59 – What's Your View?

February 6, 2015

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day's gift.)
Mary England, Baltimore World Trade Center, "What's Your View?" postcard exhibit
Today I visited the top of the World Trade Center in Baltimore where Mary England and Erika Milenkovic curated an unusual art exhibit of original handmade postcards sent from 18 countries in response to “What’s Your View?”.  It is a post card exhibit but not your ordinary touristy thing. Their goal was to “create a diverse and democratic installation of over 150 pieces of art sent through the mail like a postcard, created by artists of all ages, skill levels, and locations.” They want “to encourage art makers and art viewers alike to be curious, reflective, and aware of their own views and those of others, all while enjoying a spectacular view of Baltimore.” And a spectacular view it was as the sun went down.

I am happy to be part of this exhibit with two of my pieces. Baltimore has such a vibrant art community with people like Mary who I met two years ago at Fun-a-Day Baltimore. This year we are both part of Fun-a-Day Baltimore, which will open March 5 at Gallery 788.

Tonight, surrounded by a Baltimore sunset and postcards from around the world, we talked with Laila, a journalist from Bosnia, who just happened to be there. Art has a wonderful way of bringing people together in a world where glasses tend to be half-empty. I believe that art and the spirit of artists make us see the glass as half-full and offer a role in building peace from the ground up. If we begin with what we have in common, we understand that all cultures throughout history embrace art and are compelled to create art. 

My gift today is Mary and her postcard exhibit from around the world.

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