Hand in Hand

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on December 15th, 2021

Making connections and extending kindnesses go hand in hand.

Christian Robinson’s joyful artwork, on view now through February 27, 2022, has me thinking a lot about the questions he poses, specifically “what might you do?,” which serves as the provocative exhibition title.

I love to make connections; whether facilitating introductions, sharing articles, or extending a nurturing gesture, these actions are a pleasure for me.

In September, among the artists who joined us for the opening of the 2021 Birds in Art exhibition was Isaiah Ratterman. He traveled from Denver, where his studio practice is based, and as a first-time Birds in Art participant, he exuded not only confidence and enthusiasm, but also a hint of trepidation.

During a lively conversation in the sculpture garden, Isaiah told me about his family and I queried him about his connections with Denver-area artists. Learning that his circle was limited mostly to artists with whom he had taught at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, I offered to connect him with a trio of terrific artist friends of mine and the Woodson Art Museum.

Via an email message to Ned Aldrich, Bill Alther, and Scott Yablonski, the connection was made; the ball was in their collective courts.

Although it took a bit of time to coordinate schedules, the foursome met for lunch in November and thoughtfully shared a smiling photograph as proof.

From left: Isaiah Ratterman, Scott Yablonski, Bill Alther, and Ned Aldrich

Random acts of kindness have the potential to pay unimaginable dividends . . . new friendships, new perspectives, and more.

What might you do this holiday season to make a connection or brighten someone’s day?

For inspiration, visit the always free Woodson Art Museum and experience Christian Robinson’s artwork.

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