When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Kiss of Creativity!

As an artist, it is important to be open to the possibility that inspiration will come from unexpected people,places and experiences. Last night I saw an incredible sculpture exhibit at the Noyes Museum's satellite location in Hammonton, NJ, curated by friends Michelle Post and David Carrow. I met the director of the Noyes...an incredible guy, Mike, who is certain to transform how his guests view and experience art and I also met the very talented Eric Schultz, who recently had a very cool and successful showing at Ellarslie in Trenton, NJ.
Today I spent the day at the Arts Council of Princeton where I attended a symposium, along with friends, artists and fellow educators. The new facility, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, is top notch. The energy in Princeton vibrates through me intellectually, artistically and emotionally. Without going into specifics, I realize, that the resounding "message" that I took away from all of this abundance was, "be brave!"
The past 24 hours have been eye opening! There are no rules or boundaries any longer when creating my art! With sticks, stones, metal and power tools in hand, I will create a body of work reflective of me at this moment! The beauty of art is exponentially intensified when it is shared and when interesting and innovative ideas are considered! Today was like a kiss! We tell our students, "kiss your brain" when their creativity is sparked and embraced! Mine is on fire!


  1. Thank you, Jude! Artists are very susceptible to ups and downs. Inspiration is a precious thing, sometimes sparked from a tiny glimpse, or a profound circumstance, or a word. We need to provide each other with encouragement, therefore we need to be a community interacting to lift each other up.
    I am attending the Artworks workshop this Sat. for learning tips to promote yourself. You seem to be doing a fabulous job!

  2. Karen, It is an "up and down" process and despite what some might say, community does help. I have met some very generous and inspiring artists who offer constructive criticism, guidance and knowledge based on their own experiences.The shared energy and exchanges of ideas are important to any creative community. I can't make it to Artworks but perhaps you will have great ideas that you can share at the AAG. You seem to be doing fine as well. I love your new glass creations! I had one particularly good painting instructor whose wisdom and encouragement remains my primary source of inspiration. It is important to find artists who "lift you up!" Hello to your daughter:)


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