Inspiration all around you...

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources," Albert Einstein. It's impossible to know where inspiration ends and when personal creation begins.  Humans are a sensory species.  If you keep your eyes and your mind open every day, there are untold opportunities for you to be influenced by the flurry of activity and visuals that surround us.  Even during your most boring run-of-the-mill day; if you really look, you'll see a new color or a new pattern or hear a new song.

Often, the people you think of as the most creative tend to be just a bit more open to the inspiration around them than most.  There's really no trick to it; as Einstein said, it's the spark that triggers fresh thought and new approaches to old problems or new challenges. 

It's easy to get stuck in a rut and miss the ingenious muse that awaits you every day.  So this week, try staying more open to the founts of inspiration around you and enjoy your own version of creativity, whatever that may be.

Artisan Events:
  • Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Open Acoustic Jam. Rialto Theater.  Admission: Free.
  • Fridays & Saturdays through February 19, 7:30 p.m. - "Little Shop of Horrors" Aurora Arts Theatre. Admission: $14.
  • Daily through January 25 - "Adult Student Show" on Exhibit. Art Center for the Islands. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday & Sunday, February 4-5, 10:00am-4pm - "Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair" Rockport-Fulton High School. Admission: $5.
  • Sundays through February 19, 2:30 p.m. - "Little Shop of Horrors" Aurora Arts Theatre. Admission: $14.
  • Daily through January 28 - "Currents" Annual All-Member Show.  Rockport Center for the Arts. Admission: Free.
  • Fridays & Saturdays, March 16-31, 7:30 p.m. - "Barefoot in the Park" Rialto Theater. Admission: $15.
  • Daily through March 25 - "Whimsy" Exhibit by KiKi D's, Gary Hansen & Jackie Anderson. Rialto Theater. Admission: Free.
  • Sunday,April 1, 2:00 p.m. - "Barefoot in the Park" Rialto Theater. Admission: $15.
Jen Rubinowitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rialto Theater, an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization fostering art and education through visual art, music and live stage productions in the historic movie theater in downtown Aransas Pass. Her day job is in real estate at Coldwell Banker The Ron Brown Company. If you have someone you'd like to spotlight in this column, drop her a line at jen@jenscoastalbend.com.