John Lennon and the Belfast Art Scene

You say you want a revolution We better get on right away Well you get on your feet And out on the street Singing power to the people So sang John Lennon, and there’s a strategy, an inspiration in those words to take the reins of destiny for ourselves and our communities. The BCC and […]
Lennon
You say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street
Singing power to the people
So sang John Lennon, and there’s a strategy, an inspiration in those words to take the
reins of destiny for ourselves and our communities. The BCC and its sister
organizations seem to epitomize this call to action with its dizzying array of art
happenings about to be unleashed for the coming season.
Lennon was really saying that there’s nothing we can’t do if we come together as
citizens and celebrate the life affirming value of art, in all its forms and idiosyncrasies.
We can’t rely on popes or kings anymore, and precious little assistance from the turgid
bureaucracy. Either we do it or it doesn’t get done.
And here in beautiful little Belfast, we are doing it!
It’s a heady feeling one gets when you hit the sidewalks in May when it seems like
winter has finally loosened his grip on New England, when the light is now a summer
light, and the trees shine with that delicate spring green.
You hear music, you hear laughter, someone is dancing, someone is singing and you
can practically smell the scents of freshly painted canvases, carved wood, shaped clay
and stone floating out of studios, workshops, and homes.
The winter was time enough to read, contemplate, dream, but now we bring it all out
into the light and celebrate our creations, and like a big pinball machine we bounce off
each other’s inspiration and create some of our own. Synergy unleashed.
I’m not a native New Englander but I do share some of their traditional reserve. But by
its very nature, the art walk encourages interaction because you are encountering
friends and neighbors doing their own thing, to use a phrase Lennon would approve of.
So I find myself asking a question or making a comment. Multiply that by a hundred or
a thousand, and there are the sparks that drive the synergy, random ideas, impressions
and compliments, that begin on the sidewalk and the gallery, and then are taken home
to be spun, shaped and fashioned into, as Warhol quipped, whatever you can get away
with. And eventually brought back to the street.
That’s powerful stuff, people.

Tony Chiodo

Staff Writer for the Belfast Creative Coalition and author of Callie’s Revolution.

http://www.amazon.com/Callies-Revolution-Audacious-Adventures-Woman/dp/1501049038/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462912681&sr=1-1&keywords=callie%27s+revolution

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