Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Jan. 31, 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 January is thus designated as a time to elevate the heart and soul through observing and/or creating works of art.
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 is the Columbus Museum of Art, a widely celebrated institution with the following mission:
Columbus Museum of Art's mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Whether we are presenting an exhibition, designing an art-making activity, serving a lunch, or giving directions to a visitor, we are guided by a belief in advocacy, quality, community, integrity, and creativity. We believe that art speaks to each and every one of us in different ways. Art inspires. Art challenges. Art thinks.
The museum provides a wide range of programs, appealing to students of all ages, with art for families, adults, teachers and scholars.
Adults can enjoy special exhibitions, art movements or a particular artist in the collection. The Museum also provides introductory lectures as well as hands-on art experiences for children.
A new feature at the CMA is the “Learning to Look Tour” where visitors can take a stroll through the galleries accompanied by a CMA docent and learn more about the collection and special exhibitions. Some of these tours also teach visitors how to look at and interpret a work of art. No registration is requested. Three “Learning to Look Tours” will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.
The Columbus Museum of Art is a great place to visit, not only on Inspire Your Heart with Art Day but throughout the year.
Location: 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio
Year-round Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed Mondays
Holiday Closings:Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Related articles on art:
Bob Spence—“inspired doodling”
Click here to read a related article about a local artist Bob Spence whose “inspired doodling” led to noteworthy art works. Last year his collection of art In the Beginning was reviewed in celebration of Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. Click here to check it out.
The Essential Elijah Pierce
As the final exhibition in its celebration of the Columbus 2012 Bicentennial, the Columbus Museum of Art showcases the work of one of America's foremost woodcarvers and folk artists, Elijah Pierce, in a special exhibit “The Essential Elijah Pierce.”
One of Pierce’s carvings, “Your Life is Book,” had a remarkable impact upon me, and I describe an unforgettable encounter with this work of art. Click here to learn more:
Michael Rosen's book Elijah's Angel tells of a special carving by Elijah Pierce, as Christmas and Hanukkah converge in a most delightful way. Read about it here.
The accompanying video is an excerpt from the documentary “Sermon in Wood” where Elijah Pierce speaks of the words that inspired one of his most popular carvings “Your Life is a Book.”