What do you think of when someone mentions art? Do famous artists come to mind or just lovely paintings of scenery? Unfortunately, in many schools around the world, art is being eliminated as a class. It is sad as children need to feed their minds not only with knowledge but beauty and learn to value the expressions that art portrays. In many of the school systems, all art has been discontinued. The children need to understand art and feel the freedom of expression by drawing, painting, and even using charcoal. Not only do great artists start that way, but even if their work is unattractive, it doesn’t matter as they had the opportunity to try. It is also important as a part of history to read about and learn to appreciate artists who have passed but brought joy to the world by their art. Not everyone can produce a masterpiece, yet if we learn about art, we can begin to appreciate works of beauty. In one of the museums in Balboa Park, in San Diego California, is a gorgeous silver statue. It is from Greece, but the intricacies and design of this small statue are the type of memory that remains in your mind indefinitely. Miss Patty and I have enjoyed art exhibits of Rembrandt and Ansel Adams. Not every piece was stunning, yet a number stood out. Adams is all photography as the Cowgirl Museum in Ft. Worth. Yet the pictures tell a story. The Cowgirl Museum gives everyone, but particularly, young girls and women, the chance to view what life was in the old west and how hard all those women worked to take care of their families, their farms or ranches and raise crops and cattle. It was not an easy time. Possibly the next time it is a rainy day, take your child or children to an art museum and give them a few real life lessons in beauty and self expression. No one in the Good Gus series was an artist which could be a new story line for another book. The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you have never really learned to appreciate art, take a day and give it a try. Then when you return home you can read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.