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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Summer officially begins next week! Baseball games, Father's Day, Art Festivals and concerts and Music festivals are popping up all over the place! Next week we celebrate #MakeMusicDay. I found a local event here in the Kansas City area and am looking forward to participating for the first time. Read more below about the history of the event. And for all you Dad's out there......... have a blessed Happy Father's Day!
The ARt diSTriCt continues to grow and the virtual streets are ever expanding. It remains a hub of activity for its members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts! This month we spotlight photographer Diann Fisher from Valrico, Florida who states, "...there is beauty in the most mundane of objects." Take a deep breath, exhale, relax and let's start creating!
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
Ten years ago, the Fête de la Musique crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York.
Starting as a grassroots initiative by a team of volunteers, the event quickly became a critical and popular success. Today, over 5,000 New York musicians – amateurs and professionals, of all ages and musical persuasions – perform in more than 1,000 free, outdoor concerts each June 21st, earning praise for their “inspiring” (New York Times) and “thrilling” (New Yorker) performances.
In recent years, other cities across the continent have launched their own Make Music celebrations. On June 21, 2016, 38 North American cities organized 3,238 free concerts at 1,078 locations… all on a single day.
Donate: Help spread Make Music throughout the world — make a donation today!
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What's your story? Please introduce yourself
I have enjoyed photography since I was a child and would always see the world around me, in
my minds eye as a photo, imagining how I wanted to capture the simple things most others
overlook. I am an eclectic photographer. I love nature, Animalia, structural, portrait, abstract,
macro, and many others. Digital photography is relatively new to me, than for most others, as
is digital art and photo-art through digital manipulation. It is intriguing and challenging, but
that challenge has given rise to new interests and enjoyment in the art of photography and
developing photography images into artistic photo-art.
Simply put, I believe creativity is the ability to see beauty or interest in an object that is ordinary. I look at things around me, sometimes nothing more than paint, and see art. Everything can be art and creativity is the ability to look for that and capture it, be it in a painting or a photo.
What’s your main artistic medium? *
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I believe I was drawn into photography as a child because my father was in the Army and our family traveled extensively. Those travels allowed me to see the world and I quickly gained a desire to want to remember all of the beautiful places and things that I was introduced to growing up, which led me to photography and personal enjoyment. Later in life I would finally decide to refocus on the craft, purchase a digital camera and begin to relearn and expand to redevelop that yearning to produce beauty from the mundane that most would simply overlook around them, such as peeling paint or palm fronds in the wind.
Everything - Life, Beauty, Sadness, The Cycle of Life, What lies beneath the obvious is what
inspires me. Artistically - Picasso. I love Picasso and Monet.
Do you have a specialty?
I am an eclectic photographer.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Watercolor painting, in addition oil and acrylics. Perhaps that will be my next venture because I
would love to immerse myself in the art of placing a brush to canvas.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
That there is beauty in the most mundane of objects. It doesn't have to be a diamond to be
beautiful! The diamond can be in sand...If you can capture it where someone will view it the
way you do.
What kind of equipment/tools do you use?
Canon EOS Rebel t6i
Never give up. Don't let those who provide constructive criticism define you. Some believe only in their vision. Not to say that their advice is not something you need to accept, because you do. Just don't let that influence your vision. Take their advice, listen with interest and determine how that can be applied to achieve your vision. We can always improve and we never stop learning. I always think back that if stepping out of the box means you aren't worthy, then Picasso would have never have been considered the artist we all know he was. Dare to challenge the status quo, but within reason. Keep plugging along and trying different things and work to improve with each shot. I can only hope that I will never stop improving.
What is #1 on your Bucket List?
Goodness... TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL - CLICK, CLICK, CLICK
Click on the following links or above images to learn more about Diann Fisher and visit his work!