Sunday, November 21, 2010

The gentle hands of Larry Knight....

On Friday night I took some of you along to one of my favorite authentic art exhibits...The Rendville Art Center Students. They come in all shapes. ages , races and abilities. Some may have cerebral palsy, visually handicapped, various levels of language development and speech but when you study their sacred marks you discover so many reasons to re-evaluate our own deep rooted criticism. These wonderful joyous adults are spectacular and share their exuberance in making and exhibiting their individual works. The support and respect they give one another is a lesson we can all learn. Mr. Larry Knight is a small demure man who has a tough time communicating with others with his almost cryptic speech patterns. Larry is shown on the video from this past year carving into a tree trunk... but here in the gallery he was displaying one of his paintings. A family from Worthington came over wit their daughter and purchased one of his works which delighted him to infinity. I was asked to find him an ink pen so he could make sketches on a small green receipt or ticket that allowed him to enter the mansion. For almost twenty minutes he struggled but continued his focus mark making for what I think he was attempting to employ in a future piece of work. His small gentle hands almost betray his strength and spirit ...this is the third or fourth year I have visited with Larry and I always walk away in amazement. Thank you Larry Knight for brightening my month of gratitude.

Our LCA is deciding on a new logo and have offered about 10 different designs to choose from. But after much thought and contemplation... I have returned to my appreciation for the original recognizable red A and the painter mannequin that simply says it all. We are the Licking County Arts...a community of artists living and creating here in our hometown. There have been so many changes in the last couple of years and change is inevitable but what are we doing? I have been an active member since 1986 and personally appreciate the design creation that was given free of charge from one of our most beloved and generous artist Mr. Don Gunnerson. He has made an impression or a brand that is recognized and respected by our community here in Licking county. I may not be popular for this opinion but why are we forced to accept a change just for change sake? I do hope I will hear from some of the other LCA members and I will consider our predicament. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. I agree with you about the logo...if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Sorry for the "ain't" but this opinion needed the punch:)

  2. When you create from the heart, everything is spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing this post and the wonderful art. xox Corrine

  3. Oh, how neat! I love that these pieces are being displayed!!! That makes me so happy!

  4. How wonderful that they are being celebrated and appreciated. I've always been very supportive of Outsider Art, Brut Art, etc., and how it explores the minds of those who haven't the ability to communicate in our world. I used to tell my son's physician that I wish I could crawl into Ian's brain to see how it works because I always knew something wonderful was going on in there, and still is, that we couldn't see out here.

    I recommend you subscribe to "Raw Vision" magazine...I first discovered it at the small bookstore in Grand Central Station in NYC while waiting for my train...I fell in love with the work and the stories. Granted, I'm a bit disturbed how so many people have gotten rich off these artists, but for the most part, it's a good read.

    Have a wonderful weekend.