Last Saturday we held the reception for the WARM Mentor Program 2013-14 session culminating exhibition: Beyond The Surface at the Bottling House 79 13th Ave NE Minneapolis MN. ( the work will continue at that venue until Oct. 31 please stop in and see this wonderful show.)
I have been a practicing artist for over 30 years and in this session I served as a mentor to 2 wonderful artists. I was honored to be included in the exploration they took part in as they refined their goals and aspirations. One of the bedrocks of my long art practice is the knowledge that the fear & excitement of new challenges is easier with encouragement and peers.
I have been finding my peers through WARM since 1978, and in this session was privileged to work with Cara Sophia Tollefson and Danielle Edstrom.
As artists we know what we need. Sometimes we can get stuck on thinking we don’t know how to do something or we are afraid to act on a desire or a dream. I believe the way past that is to engage our curiosity, trust the creative process, take some small concrete actions that supports our larger dreams, and accept encouragement from our selves and trusted others. I have stood many times on the edge between wanting and doing. And the message I have for others in that place is, there is joy in taking the 1st steps, and there is also fear. Try and attach to the joy, and let yourself see what happens. Do beginners work and really pay attention to what you love in the process you are undertaking. That will keep you moving farther and longer in the action of committing to your creative urges. Practicing in your medium will deepen and hone your skills. You will find what you already have and acquire a language for expressing it.
So, my philosophy of mentoring is to engage these keystones: Trust the artist, and the creative urges we all have. Share the excitement of new challenges. Commit to the encouragement and praise we all need for the brave action of taking risks. Be honest about what you see working or not working and together look for why and where things fall short. Share knowledge of skills with an ear and eye open to the possibility of stretching them further with a fresh perspective. Stay open to new ideas.
Next session is coming up so,come Meet The Mentor.
“Meet the Mentor” events will take place at the NE Bank Bldg, 77 Broadway St. NE, in their Community Room on:
Thursday, Oct 23 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm w/the last 1/2 hr or so at the gallery to talk to prospective protegees
Saturday, Oct 25 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm w/the last 1/2 hr or so at the gallery to talk to prospective protegees