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Art for Health's Sake

Editor's Letter

Date
May 2014

Written By
Lauren Hunsberger

Category
Editor's Letter

Reflections EditorFor our Arts Issue, I interviewed Gunnar Nordstrom, a gallery owner and icon in the local arts scene. During the interview, one of the topics we talked about was what drives people to pay (sometimes a great deal of money) for a piece of art. In other words, what value does it bring to their lives?  His answer: “Through emotion, it has created some positive impact on their lives.”

This may not be a groundbreaking observation in and of itself, but for me, it was a poignant reminder of how art can help improve emotional health and wellness, which more and more heath experts are finding to be directly connected to physical health and wellness. 

To find out more about this connection, I sent our writer Katie Vincent on assignment to dig deeper. You can read what she found out about the relationship between creativity and health in the article “The Creative Connection” on page 46.

But even without knowing all the scientific reasons why, most people can feel the positive impact of art on their daily lives. There’s no doubt that mindfully listening to music, watching a film or enjoying the culinary arts produces feelings of happiness and joy. Just looking at art can relieve stress. If you don’t believe me, flip to page 26 for a list of the most intriguing exhibits going on in the area this June, and go see for yourself.

Furthermore, if just looking at art can boost your mood, imagine what creating your own art might be able to do. For a list of ways to let you inner Jackson Pollack shine, check out page 66.  The most important thing to remember is not to take it too seriously, be yourself and have fun. Happy creating!

LAUREN HUNSBERGER
Reflections Editor

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