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What happens when seventy creatives collaborate and celebrate together? Overland’s first art show!

The Overland brood, along with family members and friends, gathered together to appreciate each other’s creative outlets. The show was as successful as it could have been, bringing laughter, pleasure and inspiration to everyone present.

The event went off without a hitch, thanks to a dedicated, persistent group of Pheasants who brought together organization and curatorial skills—as well as patience, muscle and a bit of balance—to transform the Hughes Warehouse into SAMA’s biggest rival for a night. As a part of this Art Show “committee,” it was fun to see a group of people with different gifts, opinions and perspectives collaborate so effectively. We couldn’t have done it without our dedicated leaders—Patrick, Ana and Martha—or all of the artists who submitted their wonderful pieces! Thank you, thank you!

 

 

After a few meetings, lots of planning, and spending a day or two placing art around the Hughes Warehouse, we were ready to enjoy the talents of our fellow Pheasants.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

 

I’ve been at Overland for just over six months, and this experience showed me that I’m a part of a bigger tenacious family full of creative, quirky, opinionated, beautifully imperfect individuals who embrace life, each other, and the messiness that comes with fighting for excellence—and I like being a part of this family.

The pieces in the show introduced me to my coworkers in a new—and possibly truer—way. Ninetheenth-century Irish poet and writer, Oscar Wilde, once said, “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known.” People seem to become truer versions of themselves when they express themselves artistically.

I believe everyone is an artist. Whether you have an MFA from Yale, or paint-by-number is the peak of your “skill,” you are an artist! An art teacher once told me that you can never mess up art. “There are no such things as mistakes in art,” she would repeat, over and over to my people-pleasing, perfectionist, 9-year-old self. So, if you can never mess up art, you can never fail. Pretty simple.

Art allows us to express the inner parts of our souls—the parts of us that others can’t see from the outside, the parts that no one can take. According to Henry Ward Beecher, a nineteenth-century protestant clergyman and abolitionist, “every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” I choose to believe Beecher.

So, when’s the next art show? Only Overland knows.

Until then, let’s plug our ears to the lies we hear about how we aren’t artists.

Let’s seize our brushes/carving tools/digital media software/musical instruments/welders/ballet slippers/pencils/turn tables/chisels and let our souls spill fourth, not for the praise of others—not even for an art show—but for ourselves.

 

Please enjoy some of my favorite art-related quotes:

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
-Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, 20th-c Spanish painter

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
-Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”
-Georgia O’Keeffe, 20th-c American painter

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”
-Michelangelo, 16th-c Italian High Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer 

“Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.”
-W. Somerset Maugham, 20th-c British playwright, novelist, and short story writer 

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh, 19th-c Dutch Post-Impressionist painter

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”
-Twyla Tharp, present-day American dancer and choreographer

 

  • Lauren Vogl

    What a well-captured post of this wonderful evening, Sydney.
    SO glad we made this happen!

  • Martha Durke

    Sydney, you are way too modest. You contributed so much to this event. Even this blog post is an extension of the Art Show — great job! Really fun to re-live it through your beautiful words and images.

  • Caleb Schafer

    Incredible display of talent – Overland is quite an impressive group of architects, designers, and creative minds! Sorry I missed!

  • Peter Graves

    This looks awesome! Now I want to put an art show on for our firm.