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December 02, 2014

Where Did Art Start For You? - Heather Korlak, Visual Artist

In the days leading up to GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014, we are sharing stories from artists in the ArtStarts community. We asked them, "Where did art start for you?" It's a question that asks us to reflect on our own lives in order to see where along our journey our passion for the arts was sparked.

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Read visual artist Heather Korlak's story below and share your own story at

Where did art start for you?

Art started for me at a young age. I drew people, flowers, fashion, animals--to draw was my language and my form of expression. I created all through school. I grew up in a small Prairie farming town and had the same art teacher from Grade 7 to 12. His talent as an art teacher inspired me to become a teacher. I get great joy and a creative energy when I am with children creating. Another art memory was seeing Monet's Water lilies for the first time in Paris. Sitting silently, looking at the brush strokes, being surrounded by the art is a life memory I'll never forget. There have been many amazing moments in my art classroom. Art has been my constant, my inspiration, my life and my light.

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