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Keeping art alive

Poetry, music, drama " no, it's not love, it's ART. From performance to visual art, the Rogue Valley is full of artists and art lovers, with opportunities to experience creativity and talent every day. We've heard it's important to keep your creativity alive, so Have You Heard went out to ask women: How do you keep art alive during your everyday life?

Amanda Murray

My son is really into art and music. My mom and I have started Project Art Kids in Ashland. I do a lot of outside stuff with him. He does finger painting and brush painting, and I'm going to start a music group here, too.

Jacqueline Buchanan

I'm a busy nursing student, but I'm also a part-time photographer. I take shots for friends and weddings. There's a different perspective for every photo. You can bring different thoughts and views to different people.

Patricia Bishop
Central Point

I design my own jewelry, and I'm wearing my own earrings right now. I have a lot of fun working with the colors and the shapes. I even sell my jewelry at craft fairs. I listen to music whenever I'm in a bad mood, and it puts me in a great mood.

Linda Young

I live in a very musical family. Music is the center of our life. My husband and children are all performers.

Margery Winter

I like looking at things. Sometimes, when I'm walking along, I really see something in a way I've never seen it before, even though I've passed by it many times before. I think that's what most art is — visual and musical. Even a realistic copy of something alters it in a way that makes you appreciate the world more.

Laurie Gadbois

I think you can bring creativity to all aspects of your life, from clothing to baking to parenting and noticing the beauty around you. I do mosaics, potting and gardening. I bake, too. I have sold my art, and my latest thing is to do public art.

Natalie Lefler

I'm a junior at Oregon State University, and my major is interior design. I've always loved art. I knew I wanted an imaginative, creative outlet for my career. I chose design, and I'm really happy with my studio and art classes. I am inspired by my professors and my peers.

Patti Lefler

I was just hanging art work in my new place. I have pieces by my daughter, my great-aunt, my mother, my ex-husband and my former brother-in-law. I'm fortunate to have all this talent in my family, and it makes my home a special and lovely place.

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