Appreciating Art

The Understanding Of Art Is A Crucial Factor In Preserving The Tradition Of Appreciating The Ephemeral Beauty

We should strive to understand beauty in a fuller way.


It was April, and the bright sunshine helped to warm the otherwise chilly atmosphere of the spring semester as I made my way towards the Staller Center at Stony Brook University for the annual URECA art exhibition. I paused in awe of the wondrous creations before me, wrought with great passion to life by the enthusiastic hands of students hellbent upon expressing their hearts through their work, including some of my close friends who had spent hours perfecting their craft for the moment their dedication would be put on display for the Seawolf community to see in full.

The clear elegance of the paintings and sculptures was miles beyond my scope of comprehension—the attention to detail that these incredible artists honed in on was made obvious in every curve, every shade of color that represented a specific hue of emotion, every line that illustrated a lifelike quality few could cultivate. Looking at these incredible pieces, I was reminded of the wonders of human imagination and how creativity can lend itself a conduit to articulation through the foundation of art.

In a school as highly motivated towards scientific accomplishment and research as Stony Brook, the understanding of art is a crucial factor in preserving the tradition of appreciating the ephemeral beauty inherent in sculptures, paintings, and other forms of creation at a time when budget cuts continue to rock the Seawolf campus, threatening the bedrock of once-stable institutions that help to express the wonders that Stony Brook has to offer besides its world-class STEM facilities.

Art is a form of elegance that allows the creator to articulate their feelings towards one subject or another in whatever manner they choose. It is will incarnate—the work takes on a piece of its originator, embodying the very soul of that individual and helping to transpose it clearly for all to see.

Paintings such as "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo reflect a religious zeal of the time period for which that masterpiece has set aside an audience (who value Christianity as the cornerstone of their lives), while others such as "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugene Delacroix depict the overthrowing of the elite class during the French Revolution in order to give power back to the common people.

The discipline of art is such that many who practice in its field can have vastly differing opinions and motivations for their point of view, and their ability to formulate that particular belief into their work is what makes art such an incredible field of profession.

We should strive to understand the beauty on display in sculptures, paintings, murals, and other forms of art in order for us to have a deep understanding with what that particular artist chooses to express through their work. Only then can we learn to appreciate the ephemeral.

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Top 9 Places to Get Tattooed in Western Washington

Places in Western Washington that'll leave you with the best ink.

So, you've finally decided to get tattooed! Great! The hardest part about getting a tattoo is actually committing, to getting the tattoo. Now that you've made the leap, and decided to permanently decorate your body with art, here are the top 9 shops in Washington, the west side of the mountains.

9. Action Tattoo

Action Tattoo in Auburn is absolutely excellent at realism. Head over to Auburn for a beautiful black and grey.

8. Artful Dodger

Located on Capital Hill in Seattle, this tattoo shop also moonlights as a comic book shop. Every year, they set up shop at Emerald City Comic Con and tattoo nerdy flash. They have a ton of artists-and are constantly bringing in guest artists. Check them out!

7. Old Gold Tattoo

Up in Bellingham, Old Gold Tattoo rocks the American Traditional game. For those of you who firmly believe that bold will hold, Old Gold is the place for you. Take a drive up to the edge of America, and get a traditional tattoo that'll make your average sailor jealous.

6. Two Birds Tattoo

These ladies are a jack-of-all-trades type shop, and yes, just the ladies. That's right, Two Birds Tattoo in Seattle is a woman-run tattoo shop. Every single tattooer is a woman, and in a field that is pretty-male oriented, that's pretty rad.

5. Damask Tattoo

Another woman-run tattoo shop in Seattle, Damask is breaking barriers by consistently putting out amazing work. Known for it's comfortable environment and chill tattooers, Damask is definitely a place to check out.

4. Cicada Tattoo

Another shop hailing from Seattle, Cicada has artists with a diverse portfolio. These artists can whip out anything from realism, to traditional.

3. Linda's Body Piercing & Tattoo

Ariel Fender, the artist at Linda's, is an expert in watercolor and cover-ups. With the popularity of watercolor on the rise, Ariel's work has shined.

2. Emerald City Tattoo & Supply

An older shop, most of these tattooers have been tattooing for longer than anyone else in Seattle. Their friendly environment, and great tattoos, makes clients feel right at home.

1. Sunken Ship

Up in Everett, this sea themed tattoo shop busts out amazing tattoos. This tattooed lady sees this shop as one of the best in Washington. Mostly American traditional, but plenty of new school and realism tucked in as well.

As they always say, do your research before getting tattooed, and find the tattoo artist you think can give you a masterpiece.

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