We have a wonderful art studio and gallery giving us the fortunate opportunity to earn a living doing what we love. The art world is rich and dynamic as new artists and trends are always emerging. Different kinds of people frequent our space adding to the constant stimulation. We went into this venture with great hopes expecting long-term success given our commitment and passion. I hope we have made the right move to follow our dreams. We wish the same for our blog readers. In the end, we will know.
While all kinds of interesting personalities come and go, one of the most unusual was the president of a local safety watch group who wanted to rent the gallery to host a women’s beginning level self defense class. It would be a basic introduction to the art of self protection in the interest of promoting self confidence when out alone at night. So many things can happen and there are ample sad stories that tell the tale. College women have become frequent victims and many were expected to enroll. Lainey loved the idea and agreed to their proposition with the proviso they she be allowed to attend as well.
While such a class is an unlikely use of the studio and gallery, anything that promotes improvement and safety is most welcome. This is an open-ended concept but seems to dovetail nicely with fine art in some odd way. Self defense is a means of expressing personal freedom from victimization. Art is a way of expression personal emotion of any type. Both appeal to the inner self and its vital needs, whatever they may be. A self protection course in our space is most appropriate; proof came when the attendees became awed by the surrounding artwork. They found it inspiring and motivating and responded immediately to the forms and colors. I imagine that self defense would be an interesting subject for a series of autobiographical portraits. It would be cathartic and potentially profound. There is nothing as frightening as being assaulted. It is an enormous violation of the self. If someone has ever experienced an attack, they would relate to the work in a fundamental manner. Art brings inner thoughts and feelings alive as they are embodied in paint on canvas.
The class was so popular that we agreed to let the safety watch group return again for an advanced lesson. We approve highly of educating people as to their personal rights and how they can exercise them in the face of aggression. There are numerous easy self defense moves that you can practice in your own home in varying degrees of difficulty that can help women fight back. In addition, they can carry mace, brass knuckles (now made of tough plastic), a collapsible baton, a body alarm or a stun gun. The options available give each woman a choice as to how she would deal with an assailant and what she would be comfortable doing when faced with immediate threats to her survival.