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Month: January, 2010

Ivory Harp — An Artists Community

12 January, 2010 (12:42pm) | Blog | No comments

Do you have a skill? Something that you do really well… most people have one. Sometimes it’s music, or photography, or writing, or painting, or something that is very obviously “art”. Well, I believe that art is more than that. Art can be anything that you care about that you put a part of yourself into when you make it. Coffee can be art, little homemade things can be art, anything, really, can be a form of art. Everyone has something that they are good at, and I want to help those people find that thing and develop it.

I am trying to get Southern Oregon a bit more involved in itself than it has been in the past. There are way too many talented, passionate people who hate it here, because they are being stifled. Let’s network together and share our art!

This idea of mine is called Ivory Harp. The purpose of Ivory Harp is to connect artists together and put musical talent towards international need and commercial culture. Check us out at! And add us on myspace!

I know recording engineers, music teachers, bands, venues, and a LOT of musicians. My personal passion is for music, and for helping musicians get their art exposed to the world. Even if you don’t have a band, or you aren’t that good, or you just have a bunch of riffs, and no way to turn it into a full song, I think I could help. Maybe you just don’t have time to start a band, but you still play a little bit at home and whatnot… you can still be a part of something amazing. Imagine if you could sit in on your favorite bands practices and give your input on various song ideas and riffs, chord progressions, lyrics. That’s what this is all about! Hit me up! I want to meet you!

Do you have something that you can make that you want to use to make a little extra money? Do you design clothing, or make necklaces? Do you have a pottery wheel? Can you crotchet? I am a web designer, and I work in the internet marketing world. I am trying to build up a network of local artist to showcase on various sites and help them make money. Look at the economy, we all are in need. Why spend all your time working at a job that you aren’t enjoying when you could take an extra couple hours making something beautiful, and then present it t the rest of the valley? That would even help the local economy if it got that big! Help me help you help us! :)

Passionate Individuals
I am trying to find people who care about making a difference in other peoples lives and in the world. If you’re reading this and you like where I’m coming from, I want to meet you. Every single person I have talked to has something that brings them joy, and it’s different for all of us! This idea is beyond just music or the arts. It can apply to every aspect of life. People are starving for something to live for. Something to put their heart and soul into. Musicians are lucky because putting your soul into music makes sense. But say… business people? How do you put your soul into a business and make it beautiful? It’s tricky, but it can be done.

When you really truly care about something, you give it your all and it is the most beautiful thing we can do on this earth. I would love to meet you and get to know your personal passions. Let’s have coffee sometime!

Michael Szczesniak

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