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Garhart Talks about the Journal and Sketchbook at the Brinton Museum

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A small, intimate group attended the lecture titled, “The Sketchbook and the Journal – Talking to Oneself in Words and Images,by artist Martin Garhart at the Brinton Museum on Friday, June 14.

The lecture was held in the Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery, and the walls were lined with Garhart’s artwork, which were framed in wooden frames that he crafted himself, giving each painting a more individual touch, and seemed like a necessary part of each painting.

Garhart started by thanking everyone who attended the lecture, Barbara McNab, curator of exhibits at the Brinton Museum, for the exhibit, as well as thanking two of his former students from out-of-state who attended the earlier workshop held at the Brinton as well as the lecture.

He started his talk saying that everyone’s life is unique, and that the importance of the sketchbook and journal is because our lives are unique.

He added that in some ways these journals are a more elaborate form of ‘I am’, which can be written on cave walls, or even through graffiti. He said that in today’s society, we are a country, maybe a world, where we separate ourselves into groups. “But we are not that group, we are a group of individuals trying to put together something in this lifetime that has meaning.”

He said that what one writes in each entry doesn’t have to be profound, it can just be something as simple as happened to you on that day. He read some of the excerpts from his own journals.

He added that family history is another reason to keep a journal, for future generations. He said that the more specific the more valuable it will be.

He talked about Antonio Pigafetta, a Venetian scholar who accompanied Ferdinand Magellan on his voyage circumnavigating the earth. Pigafetta kept a detailed journal with several hand-drawn color maps as well. The journal is an invaluable historical document.

Garhart so talked about rituals before one starts a journal entry, and he said that he always writes his name and address in the journal in case it gets lost, and he also adds the titles of books he is reading during the time he is keeping the journal.

He also added one important thing to remember when doing the journal/sketchbook.

The exhibition of his works “Seen & Said” represents the culmination of ideas that have been growing in the artist’s studio for over twenty years and includes nearly fifty finished works in oil and watercolor of thought provoking and contemplative studies.

“We live our lives in the confluence of our physical and mental worlds. These two worlds occur simultaneously, sometimes they maintain the same focus, sometimes not. But either way they are contained in the self. I am interested in making paintings that are about this phenomenon”. Garhart said.

This exhibition will be on display through August 25 and is made possible through funding from the Edwin T. Meredith Foundation, The Tucker Foundation, and Wyoming Arts Council. Admission is free and open to the Public Courtesy of Ramaco Carbon, LLC!

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