Prior to starting this internship, I’d never been to the dA – or even the Pomona Arts Colony, for that matter. I’m not an artist (at least in the traditional sense of the word) and I wasn’t sure quite what to expect of a gallery located in the center of a thriving arts community. As someone who likes the arts but has never been much involved with them, I felt a bit like a poseur in a place solely dedicated to their appreciation.
However, a lot of that feeling vanished when walking around the dA’s latest exhibition, “Exhibit Love: for land…form…and humanity.” A wonderful thing about the dA is that it is so accessible; you don’t need a PhD in Art History to realize that there is beauty in every work on display. As cheesy as it sounds, I could really feel love emanating from each sculpture, painting, or sketch I encountered. My favorite piece, John Edward Svenson’s Owl in Flight, demonstrates his love of nature through every minute detail: from the curve of its talons to the span of its outstretched wings.
Since it’s only been two weeks that I’ve been interning here, I still don’t know much about art, but I feel like I’m learning a lot. Perhaps the greatest lesson so far was also the simplest: to appreciate the things around you, all you really need is an open mind. I’m really looking forward to spending more time here – where else can you find a workplace as beautiful as this?