News Column

The arts [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]

September 1, 2013

YellowBrix

The arts have always been a very special part of my life. In fact, had I not wandered into them and pursued them as hard and as passionately as I did, I'm not sure I would be the same person.

From a young age, I remember immersing myself in Broadway musicals. And movie musicals like "West Side Story" and "A Chorus Line," along with dance-inspired films, like "White Nights" and "Staying Alive," planted early aspirations of wanting to be a dancer.

Of course, what pre-teen girl doesn't go through that dance phase?

Dance inevitably introduced me to music, which would become one of two strong callings for me.

Classic music of all kinds was constantly playing in my house as I grew up. Never one to follow the trend, when other kids my age were listening to New Kids on the Block and Vanilla Ice, I took a liking to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. While the majority found their friends through various cliques at school, I found kindred and creative spirits in choir and theater - many of whom still provide a nurturing presence in my life today.

Somewhere along the way, my love of journaling and storytelling also got stirred into the pot. Soon, both writing and music became vehicles for me to express my otherwise painfully shy self, filling me with confidence and enabling me to build on my aspirations.

They comforted me through troubled times, introduced me to places and experiences throughout the world and even introduced me to my fiance.

Artists, to me, are among some of the luckiest people in the world. They often see hidden treasures that many day-to-day passers- by miss in their busy schedules and other responsibilities. I've been lucky throughout the years to have been mentored by some phenomenal artists - many of whom have been women who have carried the torch and inspired me to grow beyond what I thought possible. Now, it's up to those rising in the ranks to continue carrying it and passing it on.

We dedicate this issue of her to the several rising young women in our community, from all walks of art.

Check out profiles of some of the young emerging artists from the tri-states, as well as features on actress and University of Wisconsin-Platteville theater and dance professor Connie SaLoutos Furlan, the all-girl group The Matriarchs and this month's cover girl, actress and singer who lit up the stage this summer in the Grand Opera House productions of "9-to-5" and "Les Miserables," Rebecca Brosnan.

We've also got health, fitness, beauty, fashion and home decor inspiration to help get you into the fall season, as well as some great recipes to try (including a delicious homemade pumpkin spice latte) as cooler months prevail.

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