Editorial - Renee Patrick
by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Artists, writers, dancers, musicians and just about every creative has undoubtedly encountered this troubling proposition: “We can’t afford to pay you for your (painting, performance, poem, illustration, etc.), but it would be great recognition and who knows where that could lead!”
It’s troubling because those artists, writers and dancers are professionals. They are people with bills and kids and cars, people who are probably still paying off an expensive education to learn those professions, and those responsibilities can’t be paid with recognition.
Below are several reasons for artists on why it’s not a good idea to work for free.
Professionals Get Paid: As an intern or student you might find yourself working for next to nothing, but once working as a professional you need to be get paid as a professional.
Accountants Wouldn’t Do It: Trying to find someone to do your taxes in exchange for a positive shout-out on Facebook? Good luck.
Free Work Spawns More Free Work: In the world of free blogs, free news sites and free clip art, once you work for free it’s hard to find someone who will pay you.
No Money is Actually Negative Money: The time spent on a project will usually include a coffee break, lunch, gas or travel expenses, all monetary losses if you are not earning anything.
They Weren’t Paying You Much to Begin With: Musicians perform for bar tabs, actors perform four-week runs in professional theaters for a couple hundred dollars or less, writers are paid by the word, but that’s more than nothing.
The next time someone asks you donate your time or talents, ask them to donate to your wallet.
(Adapted from The Dallas Observer)
There is no disputing the power of color in our lives. The blue of the sky and ocean evoke peace and calm, the yellow and orange glow of the sun: energy and vitality. And while culturally there can be different connotations in the hues and shades of the spectrum, color is a language.
Cover artist Shelli Walters knows the power of color and likes to use bold and vibrant palates that reflect joy and empowerment: “It’s really just about making the most of every moment that you have and seeking beauty and color and vibrancy in life. I like to bring that out [in my paintings] and hopefully people get that, hopefully it makes them feel joyful and empowered.”
The language of color is known intimately by the artists featured in our pages, but our sense of sight is also intricately linked to our other senses. Have you ever listened to Miles Davis’ album Aura? In this unique work composer Palle Mikkelborg scored 10 tracks representing the colors he sees in Davis’s aura. From White and Yellow to Indigo and Violet, the music tapped into the relationship of music to color, of sound and sight.
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon where stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to an automatic experience in a second sensory pathway. For some people a memory, day of the week or even numbers can have specific colors. It’s no surprise that research shows that many people with synesthesia are creative types.
Many of our relationships to color are so ingrained that we may not notice our gravitation towards red when we are feeling passionate or angry, or green when we are seeking health or growth. Next time you are stuck for inspiration, notice the colors around you and the effect they have, that is the language of color.
Art can be a fairly nebulous term. Attaching “art” in front of just about any phrase adds an element of sophistication, such as: “the art of micro brewing,” or “the art of mountain biking.”
But bringing awareness to how art impacts our everyday activities and the products we use is exactly what Art in the High Desert aims to do with their Art Makes a Difference campaign.
The annual fine art show brings in professional artists from around the country and Canada, but in addition to offering Central Oregonians a chance to peruse and purchase the skilled work of master artists, a strong emphasis is placed on recognizing the work of artists in more unexpected ways.
Someone designed your car with a very specific user experience in mind. The color, texture, fabric and even dashboard layout are intentionally created for your comfort, or excitement, by professional designers.
What about your phone? Smart phone companies are falling over themselves to create a visually rich and dynamic experience for this tool that can be found in everyone’s pocket.
And packaging? Just look at the art that can be found on our local beer and wine labels. Deschutes Brewery features artwork on their Jubelale bottles each winter, and wine labels, well, I’ll admit I buy wine depending on how much I like the label.
Art is everywhere and impacts just about everything we do. How does art make a difference in your life? I challenge you to spend a few minutes recognizing the creative talent that goes into even the most mundane objects around you.
Art Makes a Difference.
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck
Taking ourselves seriously is a great advantage in business. Exuding a sense of confidence, control and respectability can open doors and attract new prospects, but in addition, cultivating a sense of humor can help you lower stress levels, interact more easily with others and even diffuse difficult situations.
Last April Cascade A&E took to the stage at the Tower Theatre with some of our friends and peers in the community. No, we aren’t performers or even have much stage presence, but as part of the first annual Bend Follies we dressed up as raisins and danced to I Heard it Through the Grapevine.
City Councilors, radio and TV personalities and other prominent Bend figures danced, sang, acted and told jokes in front of hundreds of people. It was terrifying but also exhilarating to let loose and laugh at ourselves, and it’s reassuring to know that some very respectable people in the community also have a sense of humor.
Once again the Bend Follies are set to tease and entertain on April 25 and 26 at the Tower Theatre. Established as a fundraiser for the Tower Theatre Foundation, audience members can use their dollars to vote for their favorite act, or purchase a “Shameless Plug” to be incorporated into a Follies sketch onstage.
So give it a try: laugh more, tell a joke or even get some pointers from the Bend Follies. According to Erma Bombeck, our civilization depends on it!