by Maureen Fitzmahan

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mbfitzmahan. Zoey. Berkeley, CA. 2017

1) Art is one of the extraordinary ways human beings share experiences or emotions that we are unable to communicate in any other way. 

Beauty, love, hope.  Loss, fear, hate.  Awe, faith, excitement.

The soulful moments we experience walking into St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.

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mbfitzmahan. St. Mary’s Cathedral. San Francisco, California. 2015.

The giggling kind of fun we feel when we hear the beat and the sound of Bruno Mars singing “Downtown Funk.”

These are moments of art.

Despair, yet chasms of deep beauty, felt by reading Emily Dickinson’s poem, There’s a Certain Slant of Light.

Complete terror of war in Huynh Cong Ut’s photo during the Vietnam War.

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Huynh Cong Ut. 1973.

2) Art is a way to chronicle the cultures of human society.  What we wear, how we eat, how we move, what we like to do, what we value, how we are born, and how we die.

Art connects us to one another.

How to feel empathy.  How to appreciate a different culture.  How to sympathize with those we think we hate.  How to better understand those we like.

It is important that we bring our art to the world.

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