Dry Stone Art in Nature
The question becomes a pressing one when it’s time to give a presentation about my work. What clear message do I have to offer an audience? They make the time to attend an evening event. The results of that hour spent should be well worth it for them, or else I’ve failed in my duty.
By the size of the crowd at last week’s presentation at the Springfield Town Library (90 people jammed into a space meant for 40) I could begin to believe that my work has some local credibility. The title of the slide talk was Dry Stone Art in Nature. I steered away from the practical attributes of stone construction and concentrated on its sublime aspects. In a darkened room, I don’t know if the things I’m saying have relevance, or interest, for the audience. For me, the presentation is a constant striving to share an understanding of something only I have experienced. It’s the personal made public, in the moment. I don’t always know exactly what I’ll be talking about until attempting to articulate it. In that respect, the presentation is an extension of my creative endeavors out in the field.
My thanks go out to the co-sponsors, the Springfield Town Library and the Springfield Garden Club. Also to Phoenix Books at Misty Valley. Elin coordinated the event and prepared the presentation, making my part a breeze.