The Art 
of Understanding

Artist, Paul Klee, said, “Art does not reproduce what we see…it makes us see.”  The arts are interpretations of life. Art tells stories. Art can open our eyes to allow us to gain new understandings about people, places and situations–and even our own feelings.

Art, in one form or another, is all around us, all of the time. Art is about expression of ideas; it is visual or auditory communication of stories, thoughts and dreams—victories and tragedies. All of us can benefit from art; whether we are involved in creating art or simply enjoying it, art has stories to tell and we all can be part of those adventures.

Our “Arts” issue is dedicated to giving you an inside look at some of those stories and inspiring you to explore the arts by trying something new. Whether you decide to be on the creative side of the arts or the appreciative side (or a combination of both) is up to you.

Perhaps you will gather a group of friends and visit the St. Louis Art Museum; the original building was built for the 1904 World’s Fair but there is always something new to experience. Maybe you will take an art class at Arts Unleashed Inc. or attend a Broadway quality musical put on by STAGES? Could it be that you will be compelled to call Artist Steve Baum, who will come visit your organization (free of charge), share his art and deliver an inspirational talk?

When creating art or viewing/experiencing art forms, “One eye sees and the other eye feels,” said Klee. Art evokes emotion. Art enriches. Art inspires. I encourage you to support our local art organizations. Art is a fantastical part of life that is unique to the human experience and can lead to greater enjoyment and understanding of the world around us.

Yours in Community,

Elizabeth “Libby” Mullen