The Art of Bach

Jennifer Hayes, painter

Tonight I attended an amazing collaboration at the St. Louis Art Museum. Ken Kulosa performed three cello suites by J. S. Bach, while two dancers and a painter artistically expressed the music. I was amazed at the stamina and musicality of the cellist and the strength and emotion displayed by the dancers. The painter, well, I remember taking art classes, horrified if my projects were seen before completion. This artist painted with the music, right in front of us on the stage, displaying some great courage. Beginning with a somewhat blank canvas she added layer after layer of various strokes and colors, using different tools including her fingers. I have been given a blank canvas in life. I have the freedom to choose what colors and strokes I use. With this knowledge, what could ever hold me back from anything I hope to create in life?

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