Only through art can we get outside of ourselves and know another's view of the universe which is not the same as ours and see landscapes which would otherwise have remained unknown to us like the landscapes of the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing a single world, our own, we see it multiply until we have before us as many worlds as there are original artists...And many centuries after their core, whether we call it Rembrandt or Vermeer, is extinguished, they continue to send us their special rays.It has been a fine couple of weeks of arts appreciation in our family: Elegy at The Australian Ballet; Bell Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing; The 20th Century Gallery at the Bendigo Art Gallery with its beautiful Cossington-Smith paintings and the work of John Olsen and Arthur Boyd.
The Maxims of Marcel Proust 1948
This weekend we're off to see The Australian Ballet again - this time performing the exquisitely divine The Merry Widow. Jemimah is thrilled and very excited. In fact, we all are.
It might seem extravagant to some, but nurturing Jemimah's appreciationof both performing and visual arts is a normal part of life chez nous. It happens naturally and without much planning, and we have been including our daughter in our performing arts forays since she was five or six years old.
What about you? Are you cultivating a love of the arts in your kids? Do you think it is important?
Why or why not? I'm interested in your opinions on this one...