Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Artistic creations stem from artists' gardens

Earlier this month, Susan Smith-Durisek wrote about three Kentucky artists in her column "When artists garden:
The interplay of self-expression shows in their work"
, published in the Lexington Herald-Ledger.

Her profile of artist Nancy Evans Nardiello includes, "Taking the time to really look at the miracle of each plant allows Nardiello to garden and paint in the spirit of one of her favorite authors, Thomas Moore. In his Care of the Soul, Moore wrote that simply pausing and taking time to look around can transform a life."

Descriptions of the artists’ work support the column’s introduction, "Three local artists are growing three very different kinds of gardens. Yet there is a common thread among them: the interplay of self-expression in creating visual art and designing their own gardens. The combination has resulted in works that reveal intimate familiarity with the smallest details of growing things and hold an up-close and personal meaning in the artists' lives. For the rest of us, the result is some stunningly beautiful art."

Thomas Moore wrote,
"We may have to learn again the mystery of the garden: how its external characteristics model the heart itself, and how the soul is a garden enclosed, our own perpetual paradise where we can be refreshed and restored."

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