After covering the 35th Annual Sherman Arts Fest this weekend, I couldn’t help but think back to the college art history classes I once loved and the impact art has made on my life and still does to this day.

Long before I wanted to be a journalist, I was interested in photography and the fine arts. In fact, I’m quite confident that I took more art and art history classes than I ever did any journalism courses, so I find it safe to say that my passion for the arts is still alive and well.

I remember learning about the ancient Egyptian serdab statues, which acted like an insurance policy for one’s soul if the tomb they resided in was raided by thieves. I remember learning about the ancient Greeks and their ability to build architectural columns that flexed and swayed during earthquakes. And I remember watching the orginal Japanese film of Godzilla and wondering if I was in fact in college at that very moment.

With all that said, art takes many forms. It can be sculpture, architecture, painting, photogrpahy, music, film, clothing, craft, performance, and much, much more.

When I showed up to the Sherman Arts Fest, I really didn’t know what to expect as far as the type of art that would be on hand. I was glad to see a wide variety including poetry, soaps, hummingbird feeders, baked goods, and even bottle caps.

Humans have a unique privilege in their ability to express themselves. Most of us do it in words if we do it all, but I think there is an artist in all of us. I never made anything or took any photos that will hang on the walls of the great galleries or museums of the world, but I still love the process of taking a thought or feeling and transforming it into something that can be understood by someone else.

From my personal experience, a piece of artwork never really looks good until it’s done. It requires a lot of work and a lot of trial and error. And, yes, there are sure to be some pieces that are best left in a drawer .

But whatever medium suits you best, I encourage you to explore it. Take risks, fail miserably, but, most importanty, have fun with it. You’ll be glad you did.

Happy birthday Sunday to Johnnie Jerrell and Mary Westurn, both of Sherman; and Terrance Scott and Buddy Staley, both of Denison.