Two years ago I was seeking refuge in an art gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas. The whole 4th of July joy for me was being reduced by all the tourists who frequent the Berg on holidays and the downtown area was packed, even in the Texas heat. It all seemed a little overdone and commercial. So I slipped into a beautiful little oasis at an art gallery. The gallery describes its purpose to be: Graceful Discoveries. Finding something special that satisfies your senses, speaks to your soul, and fills your heart with joy. My husband and I found that to be true There I met a local artist, Sara Winters.
If this story sounds familiar, it’s because I posted about it on the 4th in 2015. Some things are worth repeating.
The change of pace and the feel of the gallery was noticeable. We landed at the right place to reframe the celebration of our country’s independence.All this freedom we enjoy was better displayed for me in the artwork, including Sara’s little painting which is shown above (it’s since been sold). I found this piece to be simple and nostalgic in a meaningful way. More authentic, simple, and colorful in a perfect way, than the commercialism flash and noise usually associated with the 4th.
I think I love her painting even more because she is such an interesting person and she spent time with me showing some of her other pieces. Sara stands out among the other artists to me because she is a young woman with small children and is self taught. Her studio is not in town, but out in the country where barns have multiple uses.
To have art placed in the gallery where we met, the artist has to be really good at what she or he does. So, my amateur art appreciation opinion of Sara’s work is validated by experts.
Happy 4th and I thank Sara for the afternoon that has led to us still being in touch off and on for the last two years. Our visit even inspired me and some other women to go with a group of middle school students to the gallery. It was an amazing experience for everyone.
I see the afternoon in the gallery with so much art about nature and people as the way we truly are in the United States in our normal day-to-day living. The story of freedom, and all that we are offered were apparent to me that afternoon. We have the freedom to pursue our dreams. It doesn’t have to be all noise and splash to be enjoyable. It can be found in a small painting and a conversation with someone who is new to us and may have abilities we don’t have, but can enjoy and appreciate.
Happy 4th of July.