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Envious, but in a good way

August 26, 2009 - Diane Speer
Admittedly, I'm a bit envious sometimes - though in a good way - of what others can do with a paint brush and canvas. My God-given talent along those lines doesn't usually get too much more complicated than hastily drawn stick figures or rudimentary flowers.

More than green-eyed envy though, what I experience when I view beautiful art that others have created is a keen sense of appreciation and amazement for what they can do - even if I can't. I felt that way earlier this week when I photographed a display of art by members of the Northeast Michigan Artists Guild that is currently hung around walls of the Besser Museum's planetarium.

Featured along with the paintings by the art guild are dozens of handcrafted baskets made by members of the Thunder Bay Basket Guild. They too demonstrate an extreme amount of artistic talent and are well worth stopping by the museum to view. From small baskets constructed of birch bark, wax linen and porcupine quills to larger examples that make use of found objects, the basket display is impressive.

A visit to the museum is a chance to see the fruits of two different artistically-endowed local groups. Their work will remain on exhibit through Sept. 12.


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