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Inside Out by photographer Noel Opoti

Fall 2007
Welcome to Haute Dish

A few weeks ago, I visited the Picasso and American Art exhibit at the Walker Art Institute. I am not a fan of modern art, but the question of how Picasso influenced American artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Louise Bourgeois piqued my creative curiosity. The juxtaposition of Warhol with American artists gives viewers an intimate perspective of artists finding their unique voice and vision by copying those they admired.

This practice, however, is fraught with danger. Speaking of her own experience of a Picasso exhibition in1939, Bourgeois said "It was so beautiful, and it revealed such genius and such a collection of treasures that I did not pick up a paintbrush for a month."

Indeed. I know when I’ve finished reading a well-written novel, I wonder whether I’ll ever be able to write even one sentence as beautiful. (Most recently, that novel was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold). So I know what kind of courage it takes to pick up a pen, paintbrush or Pentax and give form to your creative voice. But we do it because we can’t not be creative.

So take a peek inside to see the twelve artists in the Fall 2007 issue of Haute Dish. See their courage. Let their creative voices speak to you.

This is my final issue as Managing Editor. It's been more fun than you can know. Thank you all for your support of Haute Dish as readers, artists and enthusiasts. I am grateful to be handing the reins over to the talented and thoughtful Becky Haven, who has been on staff since May 2006. Please welcome Becky as the new Managing Editor.

N. Jeanne Burns, Managing Editor (with lots of help)