Friday, July 17, 2009
Janet Riehl - A Creative Life
Susan Gallacher Turner is interviewing artists about their lives and work, posting on her blog. The latest interview is with artist and author Janet Riehl.
Riehl describes how when she moved to Lake County, CA, a sparsely populated, breathtakingly beautiful, poor, rural locale, she made it her mission to promote arts and culture within the county, in every media possible: writing, visual art, and performance. She sponsored poetry readings, a monthly writing circle, as well as creating outdoor celebrations-performances-installations in both state parks in the county.
A creative life is often perceived as solitary and self involved, Janet Riehl shows how often art grows into activism and community involvement. I love how she sums up her life, "In other words, my life was not unlike the lives of most practicing artists: I did what I could, when I could, as well as I could."
Those are good words to live by.