Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Word About the Visual Arts

"How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art." 
-- Kermit the Frog

Dennis Reinke painting Quiet Place watercolor during Rockies Plein Air Quick Draw competition in Estes Park, CO August 27, 2011

As the wife of a painter, I admit I'm prejudiced when it comes to the importance of visual art in our society. I know that a painting can do more than bring pleasure to the viewer, it can also inform. A work of art can act as a historical document. Before cameras and videos, artists captured entire cultures with their painting. Think of cave art and hieroglyphics. 

Dennis has been painting the Rocky Mountain National Park for quite a few years. Some scenes he previously painted have changed dramatically, either through natural disasters or ecosystem restoration and management. A part of the Park's landscape history lives on in his paintings. Of course, Dennis will tell you that his art is first and foremost his spiritual connection. And that is of "vast and incalculable importance" to him.

This year's Plein Air Rockies event came to a close on Saturday. But not before the 90-minute Quick Draw competition in the morning at Riverside Plaza. About 30 artists painted  under the beautiful Estes Park sky. . .

Dennis was the first to finish with his watercolor Quiet Place.

His interpretation of this scene. . .

The artists framed and hung their "wet" paintings for the auction, which immediately followed the Quick Draw. . .

I helped our friend Jeff keep track of the auction sales. . .

The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park sponsors the annual event, with the help of many contributors and volunteers. I'm glad I live in a community that supports the arts, but all the glory belongs to God the Creator. Without Him there would be no arts, visual or otherwise.

Praise the LORD! 
Praise the LORD from the heavens; 
Praise Him in the heights! 
Praise Him, all His angels; 
Praise Him, all His hosts! 
Praise Him, sun and moon; 
Praise Him, all stars of light! 
Praise Him, highest heavens, 
And the waters that are above the heavens! 
Let them praise the name of the LORD, 
For He commanded and they were created. 
He has also established them forever and ever; 
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
Psalm 148:1-6 



  1. What a wonderful statement about art. I often say almost the same things about music. God is the Master artist and musician!

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dena. I had the pleasure of speaking with several Christian artists during the Plein Air. They said they could only "attempt" to capture the beauty of God's creation; that even their best painting fell far short of His handiwork.


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