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Four local artists to discuss creative spark

BRATTLEBORO—A public conversation titled “Sources of Inspiration: Creative Lineage,” will feature four artists speaking about their sources of inspiration and how these nourish their creative work.

The event will take place on Oct. 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, an ADA-accessible space. Admission will be $8 at the door; series tickets purchased at earlier events will be honored. Work trades are available; contact or text 802-275-8152.

Featured artists include classical musician and long-time arts advocate Zon Eastes, visual artist and gallery owner Petria Mitchell, writer Ned Olmsted, and jazz artist Eugene Uman.

Each artist will share examples of their work and discuss how their personal sources of inspiration have helped form and deepen their creative practice. The moderator for the event will be Shanta Lee Gander, an artist, consultant, and Brattleboro Selectboard member.

Based on the diversity of the styles and mediums these artists represent, the conversation is likely to be rich and full of great suggestions for anyone who has an art practice or simply wants to become more creative in everyday life.

Some of the questions the artists may explore include: What inspires and sustains your creative work? Who are the members of your artistic “family?” Do you create out of a sense of evolution and loyalty to an artistic lineage or do you create out of a mission to break with tradition? Is it possible to be influenced by a tradition without being aware of it? What are the boundaries on “borrowing” a lineage from another tradition or culture?

This is the last event in a three-part series of forums titled “Nourishing the Inner Artist: Conversations on Art, Creativity and the Imagination,” related to nurturing and sustaining creativity in the practice of art as well as in one’s life.

The forums are sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County as part of its mission to strengthen the environment for area artists and arts organizations.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #480 (Wednesday, October 10, 2018). This story appeared on page B3.

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