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Around The Arts

September 1, 2012

Arts encompasses so much more than visual, performing, musical things


“What about architecture, then?” the photography intern asked. “Each town in this area has really interesting architecture. Think of all the different monuments you see in every town.”

“What about the art of food?” the public relations intern asked. “The Taste of the Catskills is coming up.”

A little skeptical, I look up the festival, which bills itself as a family-friendly event on Oct. 6 and 7 at Maple Shade Farm in Delhi that showcases the food, beer and wine of our region. It definitely sounds delicious. And, each day’s events culminate with a dinner prepared from local ingredients, a bonfire and a barn dance. 

The idea of food as art encouraged some serious discussion about what counts as “the arts.”

The public relations intern suggested “the art of growing food” as a topic. 

“That’s not art,” the photography intern said. “There’s the arts, and then there’s the art of doing something.”

Well, that’s interesting, I thought. What do we include in “the arts”? Anything created with skill and talent? Farming? Landscaping? For some, the arts are a more exclusive category.

But, we are all artists in a way, whether our talent is cooking, crocheting or cultivating the perfect tomato, wine or beer. “The arts” tend to make us think of the performing or visual arts, but in reality the arts can often encompass so much more.

Brittany Lesavoy is secretary of ArtsOtsego, the alliance of Otsego County arts organizations, and director of public relations for The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. Column ideas may be sent to ‘Around The Arts’ columns can be found at

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