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Artists can and do move mountains


Last updated 7/20/2018 at Noon

My drawing abilities are punctuated by being able to mess up a wavy line. Then on the artistic side of our family’s DNA my ten-year-old granddaughter Katelyn can draw circles around me.

Quite often I watch Katelyn when she is extremely focused on an object. I am greatly intrigued by this very young aspiring artist and wonder what she is thinking or painting in her imaginary life as she walks around her subject matter.

Automatically artists use their developing eye and hand coordination, their knowledge of geometry, chemistry, biology, physics, meteorology, the psychology of emotions and the use of colors when working on their art pieces.

Along with those schools of thought the artist learns self-discipline, time management, innovativeness and the courage to put their life’s visual views in front of the public.

As the television celebrity, humorous writer and master artisan Bob Ross said about a watercolorist misdirection. “Anything we don’t like, we’ll turn it into a happy little tree or something. Because as you know, we don’t make mistakes we just have happy accidents…If we don’t like a mountain where it is at we can always move it someplace else.”

Art students are considered third rate when compared to a student athlete. When an athlete receives special recognition for an outstanding job it seems the school and the general population stops what they are doing to focus on the athleticism of their star. Then with this hero worshiping the talented recipient’s self-esteem glows. At the same time an upcoming and outstanding artist doesn’t get the ego boosting support from their school or their community.

When an “artist hero” dares to express themselves publicly with their creative thinking skills, should not these qualities be acknowledged by all the media outlets as they do for our “heroic” athletes’?

I was delighted when I read a recent newspaper’s article “Art students win 4 Scholastic gold medals”! Then under this title, but without any students’ photos, the writer, Sharon Salyer- listed the 2018 national medal recipients who came from several different Snohomish County high schools.

Now how do you think these four gold medalist artistic heroes, Clave Kaiyala and Flynn Thomas both from Mountlake Terrace High School, Liana Lobchinskiy-Monroe High School and Ken Razo-Edmonds-Woodway High School are feeling about their attainments?

In the same newspaper write up one can guess that after seeing their names in print those six Silver medalist students, Lindsay Ardry and Mia Turkey-both from Glacier Peak High school, Darina Bulbotka-Voyager Middle School, Abigail Dahi-home schooler, Angie Kim and Thomas Urvizo-both from Kamiak High School are too feeling very pleased with their artistic aptitude.

Then what about the 14-year-old Jacob Lovelli of Glacier Peak High School? Jacob came out on top of 22 other Snohomish County poster competitors. When he did so he received a “$1,000 artist commission.” Where was his picture and story?

Those aspiring artists who missed out on those art challenges you can still enter any of Snohomish County Evergreen State Fair’s 2018 Creative Arts exhibiting fields. Some of the specialties being judged are photography, cake decorating, floral arrangements quilting, sewing and woodworking skills.

For information on how to apply for this August’s fair judging events go to the Snohomish County Fair’s website located at

Last year when Katelyn’s pastel “Mountain and Valley” work received one of only three Evergreen State Fair superintendent’s special award, her family members were beaming. But unlike “a hero” grade schooler or high schooler baseball player who hits a grand slam Katelyn’s artist day in the limelight went nowhere.

Bolstering the accomplishments of our local artists makes common sense. By having the press supporting our talented residents the media will reinforce that their skills are respected and that art is a worthy pursuit.

To quote Tom Jefferson”…art nourishes the human soul, enriches the minds… (and) trigger(s) our emotions…”

Through your artistic talents you have the skills to bring out our natural empathic feelings. With this compassion one cannot be but motivated to reach out a hand to those who are struggling in life.

Darn right all you gifted artists keep in mind that you do possess the power to move mountains.


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