ArtWeek and Dr. Townshend’s Self Portrait - 05/24/18
Since its inception in the Fall of 2013, spreading through towns and neighborhoods in Eastern MA, ArtWeek has blossomed this year becoming a statewide art festival. Originally produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek was a strategy to strengthen communities’ role in the creative process and, offer no cost to minimal cost interactive events. The idea was to give the public access to hands on experiences. Recently, The Mass Cultural Council and M.A. Office of Travel and Tourism have signed on to lend support to the statewide effort. Thus far, three ArtWeek Initiatives include: Art of food, Light up the Night and ArtWeek on the Road. To learn more go to www.artweekma.org and be ready for next year.
No matter if you wanted to: create your own pottery bowl, learn to sing, dance, public speak, be a Lego Master, learn tips to be a iphone photographer, or paint like a master, you could find access during ArtWeek. Locally in South Yarmouth, the National League of American Pen Women, Cape Cod Branch, hosted an evening program, “Art and Science – More Than Meets the Eye” during ArtWeek. Three local scientists/artists were invited to speak about their experiences where science, nature and art collide to produce unexpected outcomes of beauty. “Scientists can find beauty in strange places. If it tells us something interesting, it’s beautiful. The more beautiful it is, the longer we look and the more we see.”, notes Jessica Mark Welch, PhD one of the evenings speakers. Dr. Robert Reece, MD, spoke of his experiences in storytelling and listening to people with “a third ear”. He continues to write fiction based on many years of interaction with patients with serious disorders, numerous professional organizations and pharmaceutical companies. Bob Ryder, DDS rounded out the evening with a discussion about math and science crossing art for his students who work at finding that perfect facial proportion in sculpting. “I suggest that getting a likeness is a function of measurement.”
Approached by one of our patients, a local artist on Cape Cod, our own Dr. Townshend was asked if she would consider entering a piece of art in the exhibit. The piece, a self portrait was created using a number of the diagnostic tools we use daily, in the office. It features the uniqueness of the iris muscle, as well as a peek into the eye, back to the retina where critical vision is translated to the brain.
We would like to thank the Cape Cod Cultural Center as well as the Pen Women Artists who included us in this ArtWeek program. Special thanks to Alex for technical support. Beauty and art truly can be found everywhere around us, if we just stop and look.