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Inspire your heart with art day: Check out the Arts Council of Fayetteville

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Jan. 31, “Inspire Your Heart with Art Day,” celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. Works of art reflect the “matchless mind of man, displayed in treasures from his hands,” but they are sometimes undervalued, overlooked and often unappreciated. The last day of Jan. is thus designated as a time to elevate the heart and soul through observing and/or creating works of art.

In a list of the top five holidays in January posted on listmyfive.com, ponchomeg offers the following suggestions to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day:

“On this day, go to an art museum, read art books, go to a gallery or exhibition, create art yourself, and/or make art with friends, family members, and people in the community. Basically increase and share your love of art and inspire others.”

To develop an appreciation for Art in its many forms, a great place to start locally would be the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Located in a unique downtown building built in 1910 as a post office, the Arts Council offers a diverse rotating series of exhibits, including the current features:

In recognition of the lives and accomplishments of African Americans, "The Pilgrim-age: A Lifetime of Collecting by Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim" opened Jan. 24 and continues to March 1. This exclusive exhibition, presented by the Arts Council's Friends of African & African-American Art honors the legacy and heritage of African-American artists, featuring the private collection of Dr. James and Juanita Pilgrim.

Visitors can also step into a different place and time as they view the vibrant works of featured artist William Tolliver, among others. Click here to learn more about the artists. The show will be open six days a week and the celebration continues through March 1.

Arts Council galleries are located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC 28303. (910) 485-5121. Website: theartscouncil.com

Gallery Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. noon - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Spiritual Dimension of the Arts

As Christian Spirituality Examiner for Fayetteville, this writer is continually looking at life from a spiritual perspective. In preparing this article on Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, he came across the 2013 Art in Action Festival which hosted a Guest Speakers conversation between Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford and Lord (Melvyn) Bragg of Wigton, who discussed "Is there a spiritual dimension to the arts? If so, of what does it consist?"

Both individuals concluded that indeed art and spirituality come from the same force. Harries went on to say that “Religion is the bedrock of all art. . . the driving force of what we later call art, the ultimate end of which is to glorify God.”

Artists, in their attempts in making visible what is invisible, produce what has been described as beautiful works of art. Harrier also made reference to Thomas Aquinas who related three essential element of beauty: wholeness, harmony and radiance.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville is a great place to visit, not only on "Inspire Your Heart with Art Day," but it can be a place that may generate thoughts regarding the spiritual dimension of art as well throughout the year.

Elijah Pierce, renowned folk artist, has produced a number of wood carvings inspired by accounts from the Bible as well as words of wisdom that infuse his art. One of his carvings “Your Life is Book” had a remarkable impact upon this writer, who described an unforgettable encounter with this work of art. Click here to learn more.

Take a look at an artist who believes in the transformative power of art.

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