We hear it more often than not: "I'm not a creative person." It seems there are many people who believe they are innately excluded from the 'creative club.' Somehow we all bought into the idea that there even is such a club. And as clubs often do, claim their exclusivity like it's some kind of prize. Exclusivity is not a prize. It excludes. It keeps people out, it makes them feel 'less than.' Once that box is made, it has the potential to shut down the creative process in others, when the whole idea of the 'creative club' was probably started in order to bolster creativity. Doesn't make sense to me.
What I love about the Zentangle art form is its potential for inclusivity. It doesn't require artistic skill to be enjoyed. It allows for all kinds of brains, personalities, and viewpoints to enjoy the experience at once and together, and each at their own pace. It's an art form that allows a line to go in whatever direction it can, and a circle to be more of an oval, or even turn into a square. Who really cares where those marks go or what they look like, if creativity is simply about allowing an experience to emerge and just be?
Here are some photos of folks "doing their thing." A big thanks to all the participants, Gallery 510, and Peg and her husband, George who stayed well past the light of day!