Commentary: Artists’ Studio Tours helps Arts Council bring art to life

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Whoever said, “The Earth without art would be just ‘eh,’” fully expresses my feelings.  

Imagine your home or office with nothing but plain paint on the walls. Imagine your tables, credenzas and shelves empty. Art fills our spaces with beauty, whimsy, hope and imagination.   

Art is central to developing personality and increasing appreciation for others.  Like music and food, the visual arts bring people together without the barriers of language or culture.

I was fortunate to be raised by two strong, creative women. My mother was a gifted jazz pianist and painter. My grandmother a professional storyteller and talented pianist who played at silent-movie houses. They worked hard at their crafts and taught me to do likewise.

The Arts Council of Williamson County is an extension of what I learned at my grandmother’s knee: art connects us and builds us up. The council’s mission is to connect the community with the visual arts by promoting our members, supporting our local schools and providing community outreach through adult educational programs.  

One of the council’s premier programs is the artist-in-residence program, which places a professional working artist in a school classroom to help students receive a hands-on curriculum-based experience. Most recently, the council hosted a residency at Hillsboro Middle School, where students learned the skills of a blacksmithing. Each student completed one forged iron piece.  

Going from academic knowledge to experiential knowledge deeply anchors the learning. Experimenting with new skills builds confidence and inspires young minds to think beyond the usual.

The third annual Artists’ Studio Tours, a ticketed event in which professional working artists open their studios to the public, will be noon-5 p.m. Nov. 9-10

Proceeds from the tour will support programs of the Arts Council of Williamson County. To learn more, visit 

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