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Throughout 2020, AMCC is hosting "Creative Differences"óa place for artists and art lovers to forcefully and respectfully offer their opinions on the most pressing issues in the world of art.  These questions donít have answers, but thatís never stopped us from friendly arguments and drinking coffee.

The topics are listed in advance, below, to give time for reflection beforehand.  Everyone is welcome to offer their opinion, or just sit and listen.  Complimentary refreshments are provided.  You've got to come to one to realize how much fun they are.  It's at 2 PM at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA on the dates below.



January 5: "Should the goal of an artist be an imitation of nature, or something as genuine as nature itself?"  Is it impossible to improve upon nature? Can something an artist imagines ever be as genuine as nature?

February 2: "Is the appeal of the Mona Lisa divergence or familiarity?"  Is the near universal appeal of this work based on how it is different or how it is familiar?

March 1: "Is the purpose of art to connect with universal truths, or is it an end in itself?"  Art for artís sake or art as a search for truth?

April 5: "If you stare at a landscape with a friend, do you see the same view?"  Do our individual personal experiences disconnect us from a common reality?

May 3: "As an artist, can you improve upon nature?"  Do artistsí decisions on what to include and not include in a work of art provide an opportunity for the artistic representation to be more beautiful than the real thing?

June 7: "Are the greatest works of history beyond comparison?"  Are works that have stood the test of time so unique they cannot be compared to contemporary art?

July 5: "Should an artistsí work be his or her signature, or should artists say as little as possible in their own voice?"  Should artists try to be as true to as possible to nature or strive for originality?  

August 2: "Is artistic talent bestowed upon us at birth, or is it the result of practice?"  Is inborn talent a myth?

September 6: "Is it possible to make noble depictions of Hitler or Stalin?"  Can artists confer nobility on their subjects, or is this impossible for some subjects?

 October 4: "Who is more qualified to judge a sculpture, a sculptor or an art critic?"  Is an understanding of process required to appreciate the results of an artistic effort?

November 1: "Should artwork be judged with enthusiasm or through contemplation?"  Does a work of art deserve our enthusiasm or our thoughtful reflection?

December 6: "Should pupils distance themselves from their masters?"  Should artists break away or follow in the footsteps of their mentor?

Sometimes we post highlights of our talks on our YouTube Channel, so please subscribe HERE in case you can't always make it.

CREATIVE DIFFERENCES is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, and made possible by grants from the Richard L. Snyder Fund, administered through the Greater Pike Community Foundation, and through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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