My wife and I recently completed a two-week trip through parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico visiting places where petroglyphs and pictographs were in abundance. This art provided clues about the ancient peoples who inhabited these parts of the southwest and also created a number of mysteries. For me, the important thing is that art has been a crucial means of expression for a very long time. Whether it’s fine or commercial, our world is richer with art in it. I like it that some practitioners have brought art out of the salons and galleries into places where we gather and live.
In the mid 19th and early 20th centuries, art was present in nearly all phases of construction from the steel beams that support the building’s facades right down to the hinges on the doors. I love walking through old towns to see how much of this art remains. It’s refreshing to see folks doing what they can to maintain a connection to their past as they embrace the future.