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The Publisher | A Letter from Jimmy Dean

Dear Readers:

Jimmy Dean, Publisher Harbor Style MagazineWriters write. Dancers dance. Singers sing. Painters paint. Actors act. Photographers shoot. Musicians make music. Poets rhyme. Or not.

The creative spirit is as restless as the wind. Creatives create because it’s what they were born to do – for to withhold is to shrivel and shrink and fall from the limb of life. To create is divine. The creation may be for an audience of only one – the creator. Or for many. It doesn’t matter to the creative. They live only to create.

That creative spirit is this month’s theme – The Arts issue.

Creative people don’t give a moment’s thought to what they are creating. Well, they do, but it is as natural and automatic to them as breathing or blinking. It’s as if they have this thirst and the only way to quench it is to use their hands, body and minds, their eyes and ears to create their passion, whatever that creative passion is. I’ve known good writers and I’ve known bad writers. The only difference is how hard they work at it. Practice, practice, practice. How many times have we heard that phrase? It’s true.

In this issue, we will introduce you to several locals who do practice. Each of the artistic souls you will meet here has a need to create something of importance, a thing of beauty, something that signifies an expression of them. A moment in time. We are fortunate and delighted to publish a magazine for a community so rich in this creative spirit. This has always been one of our favorite issues of the year because it gives us a chance to showcase their efforts on such a large public stage. A stage deserving of the passion and effort put into their art.

We are also very fortunate to have so many great organizations providing opportunities here in Charlotte Harbor for creative expression: the Visual Arts Center, Charlotte Arts, Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay, Englewood Art Center, North Port Art Center, just to name a few of the bigger players. Please let this issue be your stimulation to be creative with your own hands. Or eyes. Or ears. Or body. Seek out what drives you. What are you thirsting for?

Create! It’s easy, fun, entertaining…and almost anyone can do it. Really.

Just “make a joyful noise”!

Enjoy the issue.



Jimmy Dean

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