Thanks for supporting the arts

Culture is so essential, yet can be overlooked when practical and financial matters loom large

Editor, The Times,

Just a quick note to say thank-you for the recent coverage in the Times for the arts, local authors and events put on by non-profit groups.

Not as flashy as accidents or crime, not as significant as government or issues, not as thrilling as sporting events, but still, the arts are worthy of attention.

Artists, performers, writers, and the host of volunteers in our small population put in measureless hours, pour forth creativity and have unmentioned expenses.

Culture is so essential, yet can be overlooked when practical and financial matters loom large.

Music, photography, painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, poetry, fibre arts, and so many other variations of media are available to enjoy by our local, talented neighbours.

Gladly, we can see posters announcing up-coming performances, drop into the Art Gallery, join the Writers’ Circle, take a class, or teach one, and watch for photos and interviews in our local newspaper.

It takes a certain kind of courage for an artist to display in public what she or he has made. It is very encouraging to have a welcoming platform on which to share.

Thank you also to the businesses who are so generous when an event needs sponsorship.

Hurrah for the community interaction stimulated by the arts.

Hurrah for participation. Hurrah for appreciation.

Eleanor Deckert

Avola, B.C.