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Cyndi Palmer: Life imitates art

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

Like a blank canvas waiting on an easel, life can change with one brush stroke. That empty space silently cries out to be filled with color, light, maybe some of those Bob Ross-famed “happy little trees.”

Filling that space can turn the work ” and your life ” completely around. Shadows lift, faces brighten, and different perspectives present themselves. We’re better for it, and so is the finished work.

The work you put into it doesn’t need to be museum-quality, just a product of sincere determination and inspiration. Getting out there and trying out different mediums can be enough to put one in a different “frame” of mind about their existence and place within this big world.

Frank Zappa said art is making something out of nothing and selling it, but it’s so much more than that. It’s revelation of feeling and of its creator. It is a contemplation of our surroundings and of life itself. The more you put into it, the better the final product.

Whether you are one of the more than 100 artisans to be featured at this weekend’s ArtAffair, one of the great jazz artists set for the Hideaway Park stage this weekend at the Jazz Festival, or going out to enjoy others’ talents, I encourage everyone to take it all in and absorb how it makes you feel. When witnessed with true openness, art will change your life, if even slightly.

Life is too short to leave blank pages, songbooks or canvasses behind.

Isn’t it our legacy, while soul searching for meaning, to make the most of what presents itself and to take opportunities as they come?

There are some great opportunities to get started or to refocus this week with many plein air painters offering free demonstrations and quality workshops during Arts Week.

So don’t clean your palette just yet, climb that mountain, fly (don’t be afraid to fall a little), reach out, appreciate the simplicity and complexity of the clouds and of life. The elevation gain and that first brush stroke, that first line of a great song, that play that makes you cry, is worth the effort, the blood, sweat and tears.

Congratulations go out to The Runaways, Grand County Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools band, which was chosen as one of the five finalists in 1Liquid House Battle of the Bands in Denver. The youth band is hosting an appreciation party to their loyal fans and local supporters starting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Grand Theatre Company. They are especially grateful to musicians Mickey Sandora, Andy Irvine

and Bill Schade for all their instruction.

The GCBS is currently seeking sponsors to keep this incredible program going. Donations may be inquired with GCBS board member Maria Chavez at

While you’re out and about, opening those windows into your soul and feeling the summer breeze, be sure to check out The Paper Stars at Cooper Creek Square tonight. Nothing but great things were said about the soul and funk band’s last performance at the Fraser Roastery. Frontman Tres Altman is said to leave listeners “with a sense of well-worn wisdom and a free ride to the center of the heart.”

Food for thought: “Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” – John Lubbock, Sr.