💐 Spring is in the Air 💐

Blossom by blossom the spring begins

(and I definitely identify as Blossom- are you a Blossom or more of a Buttercup or Bubbles Powerpuff girl? Sugar, spice, and everything nice, right...?)

 

The changing of the seasons, and specifically the transition from winter to spring, has inspired artists throughout the ages. From Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring to William Blake's "Spring," and even to The Beatles' famous "Here Comes the Sun," artists all over the world look to the spring as a symbol of better things to come. 

 

In the honor of springtime, I wanted to celebrate some of the CM team's favorite springtime artistic pieces. 

Amanda's favorite piece that reminds her of spring is Magic Bronson's song "Fences" from the album Wildlife because the image of sitting on fences mentioned in the song reminders her "of how spring lets us be outside more and hang out with friends, appreciate people we love, etc. it very much gives me spring energy.”

Annie chose Georgia O'Keefe's "Sky Above Clouds." "I’ve seen it twice in the Chicago Art Institute, and it takes my breath away every time. The bright serenity of this painting reminds me why I love nature, for its vastness & ingenuity.  There is always something new to learn about to earth, and I love that I get to explore it every day 💖

Oscar highlighted Katsushika Hokusai's Cherry Blossoms at Yoshino as his favorite spring artwork.

Cassidy shared that though she doesn't have a specific piece in mind, she loves seeing flowers in art. She explained, "I’ve recently been looking at a lot of flowering arrangement Instagram accounts, and I love seeing all the pretty colors. It makes me so excited for spring. I also love flowers as a pattern on everything in the spring" 💐.  Her favorite flowers are peonies, so here are some peonies to celebrate Cassidy!

Madison, our Editor in Chief, chose the poem "Praise the Rain" by Joy Hairo. She explains, "I always feel like spring has an interesting duality. It represents rebirth and new life, but so often the first buds of spring are killed by lingering frost before they grow back strong enough to stay. I always feel like I’m hesitant to ease into spring; I’m afraid it’s going to fool me. But I think it’s important to have this time in-between the dark days of winter and the long days of summer because it allows you to appreciate the two. In this poem, Harjo praises the “good” and “bad” in the world. We can’t have happiness without sadness, and isn’t there beauty in the fact that we were moved enough by something to feel such sadness? Harjo praises the earth’s order, full of beautiful dualities in nature whose return we can depend on again and again." 

Personally, trying to pick a favorite piece about spring is like trying to pick my favorite book or movie. However, there is a special place in my heart for van Gogh's "Almond Blossoms." Its beautiful light blue background juxtaposed with the beautiful white & pink of the almond blossoms reminds me of staring up through the trees at the Carolina blue sky at my favorite spot at Lake Mary Nell at Elon University. 

And as always,  I should let you know that since our last newsletter, there are a few news updates to keep an eye out for:

  • Check out our newest issue!

  • Our next issue goes live on April 9th! Tune in to our Instagram Live Release Party at 10:30am that morning.

  • Don't forget, we have the our fun STICKERS, designed in-house!

    • Purchase one for $3, and each additional sticker is just $1! 

NC Events 🍂

  • Celebrate short films with the Cosmic Rays Film Festival March 31- April 2, → This event is an annual showcase of short films by North Carolina's most up and coming filmmakers! 

  • April 2-3, catch North Carolina's premiere live music event, the Dreamville Music Festival → started by North Carolina's own J.Cole, this two-day music festival features some of the best hip hop artists handpicked by J.Cole in the beautiful Dorothea Dix Park.

SC Events 🍁

  • Check out the Free Community Arts Night on April 21st with Kroc Greenville in Greenville, SC → The goal of the event is to provide free art experiences for children and their caregivers while celebrating local Greenville artists. 

  • April 21-24, Charleston Jazz Festival → Enjoy this incredible jazz festival, which will celebrate "the Holy City's rich jazz heritage and thriving jazz scene."

   

CREATIVE ARTS INSPIRATION

from our team

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Maeve Riley

photography

Annie Earnshaw

short story