Message from the Editor in Chief
This magazine was created as homage to Visual Art, and to the adult and young artists who have discovered the beauty of creating art and took the journey of making the world a more amazing an colorful place.
The magazine is also a testament to the integrity of all parents who have realized the value of visual art education in their children’s development, and are willing to support their kids´ love for art. Scientific studies have proven that is no other activity which brings more benefits to a child’s development then visual art does.
Before moving from Germany to Edmonton, as an art collector and promoter I had the opportunity to meet many emerging but also internationally known artists from Europe, and I was always fascinated by their passion and creativity in the way they approached different aspects of the life.
Some people think that artists have to get involved with the world around them. I agree, if we are talking about dance or theatre artists who only can perform in a team. Individual artists are often sensitive people who get involved with the world through their art. They don’t always feel comfortable dealing with rejections or using their time building networks. I feel that this should be the art administrators´ duty.
Years ago I knew artists with fantastic skills from communist countries who were involved with the world around them by creating only art that the “community” wanted and supported. After a time, they sadly seemed to lose their creativity and artistic identity.
Art administrators often believe that they can play around with tax payers’ money and avoid responsibility by supporting mostly recreational art or only organizations and artists with a strong network. They don’t realize that networking can lead to protectionism and discrimination, and seem to don’t recognize the value brought to the community by groups which are ahead of others or by individual geniuses. We should remember that Edmonton got known in the world through the achievements of a group ahead of others around an individual genius named Wayne Gretzky! Regardless of area of activity, goal oriented groups and individual geniuses can inspire generations and have the power to make history! Their success motivates and wakes the desire in others to step up; only that attitude brings a society to a higher level.
Visual art can have the same or even more power than sports. When we think on some world known cities in Europe, it is not possible to imagine them without visual art. The Uffizy Gallery in Florence has 2 million visitors every year, the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam 5 million, the British Museum in London over 6 million and the Louvre in Paris over 10 million visitors. Most of them are tourists who are willing to pay $20-30 for entry tickets in addition to costs for accommodations and restaurants. These cities gained recognition and prosper through visual art, and in fact the whole world wouldn’t be the same without it!
Visual art is the first and still the most accurate form of universal communication between humans. No words can deliver a message or describe an image to the entire world as fully and completely as a painting can do.
Without visual art we wouldn’t know too much about our past but also wouldn’t have literature because engineers wouldn’t be able to design printing machines to print books; we wouldn’t have theatre because architects wouldn’t be able to build buildings. In fact, we wouldn’t have engineers and architects because without books and buildings we couldn’t have teachers, schools or universities! The world would be a huge village with people living in containers or perhaps still in the caves where the visual art was born!
I believe visual art is the most powerful catalyst for the human evolution and a symbol of civilization! I just wish that all Governments could fully understand the real value of visual art and would bring professional art education back in the schools. I also hope that art administrators could realize how rewarding it is to discover and nurture talents; to see them bloom like flowers and make the world a better place to live!
Editor in Chief - Ambassadors of the Art
Founder & President - Masters Art Academy