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You may have heard people say, Oh, I’m not very creative or I was born without the creativity gene. Hearing that, you may wonder if you yourself have the inherent “something” it takes to be an original, for the imagination to thrive. And if your latest creative effort falls flat (as it will from time to time) or the bluebirds of creativity haven’t flown over your head lately, maybe you’ve wondered the same thing. I know I have. Do I really have within me what it takes to be a writer? To bring forth original and worthy work?
But to all who have worried about this, there is good news. Milton Glaser, celebrated graphic designer, says that “there is no such thing as a creative type.” And Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works agrees. “Creativity isn’t a fixed feature of the mind….the imagination is vaster than we can imagine.”
Artist Steve Snell’s “Prairie Metals” is on display to September 30 at LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska.
“Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn—and grow—the most.” – Jim Whittaker
Living out on the edge is the space where artists belong. Take for example Steve Snell, Kansas City artist and a former college professor where he created a class called “Adventure Art.” Combining travel, play and expedition within the context of history, Snell took students braving 20-degree temperatures on a re-created journey tracing the Oregon Trail from Hastings to Kearney, Nebraska. Students pushed a hand-built covered wagon collecting artifacts of today’s contemporary world—a Busch Light beer, a shotgun shell, bolt and tools—which culminated in Snell’s painting “Prairie Metals.” All of Snell’s art compositions exceed conventional limits traversing the space between real and make-believe. “It can be hard to be silly as a grown up,” wrote Bri Murphy, Gallery Director for LUX Center for the Arts, “Especially for artists who want their commitment and passion to be taken seriously. Yet Snell flies unapologetically down rivers and mountainsides and invites us along for the ride.”
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