The show I just hung at the Chandler Center for the Arts, “This is Why I Live Here!,” opened last night in their Lower Gallery. What a thrill to talk with all the people who were enjoying the show.
A second show, “The Art of Place,” which opened upstairs in the Main Gallery, is a fabulous one, a mix of media types by 28 artists including several photographs by friends. The two shows, taken together, are a powerful statement of the fact that so much art of all kinds comes out of our direct experience of our surroundings.
I’ve shown most of the individual photographs in this show in other venues over the past year but this is the first time they’ve all hung in the same show. Nearly all were taken within a few miles of where I live and regularly walk. You can see them below as a slideshow by just clicking on any one and scrolling through them all.
The title is based on a comment made by my good friend and walking pal, Michael Sherman, when he periodically is stopped in his tracks and exclaims “THIS is why I live here!” For Michael—a guy who admits he is a pessimist—such an enthusiastic statement is a clear call for me to also stop and look. He’s always right: there are amazing reasons to live here!