This is an exciting time to live in Lehigh Acres. The arts scene is beginning to come together in a way that it has never been seen before. On September 17, 2011, a new organization called "Arts of the Inland" will hold its first public event at Majestic Golf Course, as a part of Constitution Day.
More than 20 local artists will be displaying and selling their art. There will be a full day of musical performance and oratory. This will be the public's first opportunity to see the new Arts of the Inland.
But why does Lehigh Acres need an arts organization?
There is a long tradition of excellent artists, writers, singers, and choirs in Lehigh Acres already. What difference will an Arts organization make?
One word: Synergy!
The painter is influenced by what the writer writes, the writer is influenced by what the singer sings, the singer is influenced by the attitude of the actors. The total energy of the group is higher than the sum of the separate individuals.
Artistic Synergy happened in Paris in the 1920s with Picasso, Hemmingway, Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dal, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Josephine Baker, Luis Buuel, and Man Ray.
Artistic Synergy happened again in the 1960s in Greenwich village area in New York. Clubs like Gerde's Folk City, The Bitter End, Cafe Au Go Go, and Cafe Wha?, showcased the artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Eric Andersen, Joan Baez, The Velvet Underground, The Kingston Trio, Richie Havens, Maria Muldaur, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, and of course that Zimmerman boy from Minnesota, who eventually became known as Bob Dyaln, strumming his guitar on Washington Square for quarters tossed into the guitar case.
Don't you wish you could have been there to be a part of history?
It is ridiculous to dream that something that special could happen here in Lehigh Acres, simply because we have formed the Arts of the Inland?
There is only one thing for certain, Artistic Synergy will happen here, and it will make all of our lives richer.
Will there be a long list of superstar names come out of Lehigh Acres? That is not important. The important thing is that the joy of live performance, original artwork, and dramatic presentation will be shared by the entire community, and that is more than enough.
Dugan, who lives in Lehigh Acres, writes about the arts in Lehigh Acres. He will bring attention to local events so readers can participate and support the arts in the community.