How going to a gallery can help you find your muse
Galleries are great place to go to and find inspiration. By walking around and looking at the pieces on displays, listening to what other people are saying about them and discussing what you think with the other patrons and perhaps the artists themselves, you might find yourself with new creative ideas of your own.
Muse of Display.
I know that when I say the word “Gallery”, most people immediately think about some fancy party, featuring finger food, wine glasses, and wealthy patrons dressed in gowns and tuxedos. Many people believe that galleries that feature art work are way out of the price range of regular hoi polloi, and therefore only reserved for people who ride around in limos and fly first class. Actually, most galleries are open to us regular people, and while artists do appreciate the occasional wealthy patron forking over large piles of cash for one of their pieces, most accept the fact that most people come to a showing to admire the work and to discuss it.
Galleries can feature the works of one particular artist, or works of several different artists that comprise an overall theme. Whatever is on display, taking the time and visiting a gallery, examining the pieces, talking with other patrons, and perhaps even talking with the artist can help spur the creative process and generate ideas.
For example, going to gallery that features a photographer’s take on a certain subject such as homelessness might spur you and other patrons to really talk about the subject and push you to have discussions about it that you would normally shy away from. This discourse might then push you towards action helping you develop you own creative ways to tackle the issue. It might help you write a story or blog about the plight of homelessness. It might inspire you to a put on a concert to support the homeless. It might even encourage you to spend some time volunteering at a soup kitchen.
Art helps inspire thought, discussion and action and by visiting a gallery and putting yourself in the middle of art, you might find yourself thinking, discussing and ultimately acting. Next time you are walking down the street and notice a gallery with art on display, pop inside and take a look at the pieces. By engaging in the art along with the other patrons you might end up walking directly into your muse.