Folk Artist Marti Sullan: Example of Baby Boomer Creativity
Boomers Had Art Teachers Who Encouraged Creativity
Because I grew up in the Kennedy era where there was plenty of money for the arts in the schools, I was very blessed with outstanding art classes in both the junior high and high school levels.
We learned to paint intricate details in the many poster contests, worked with clay, learned jewelry casting, learned photo silk-screening, drew as if it was a religion, experimented with multimedia like gesso and pencil shavings, and built canvases. And, for my final senior project, I walked a galvanized washtub on legs to my school (why would I take a car when we were only 10 blocks away?) and spent many weeks with my head deep inside the tub highlighting with watercolors the various grays I loved. I still give thanks to my remarkable high school art teacher who allowed for our creative leanings.
My Family Was Creative and Didn’t Push Us
I was fortunate to have a family filled with creative endeavors. My Mother was a wannabe author, instilling in me the supreme value of the public library. My father was a CPA by day and a jazz musician by night. They didn’t push on me the traditional wondering of, “When are you getting married?” and it didn’t dawn on me ‘til I was 25 that, oh, that was something I might yet do. I got married when I was 30, had my second child when I was 41, and returned to college to get a teaching degree at 50. Much of my artwork now spins off of the lessons I teach my K-8th grade students.
I am now 61 and still asking the question, “What do you want to do?” and answering myself with, “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” I try to keep the slow-paced summertime life and after tossing the question back and forth a bit… come up with the next adventure. I will be starting up a new business this spring from my garage (in Fairbury, Illinois) with a rebuilt kiln and offering hand-built clay classes for young and adult students . . . until the next time I wonder...
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