“To treat each moment as a supreme performance” ~ Cherel Ito
Many years ago, Cherel Ito came across this musician deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. He was far removed from concert halls filled with audiences to appreciate his musical talent. Cherel wrote in her journals that “he was known to play to his 3 goats, 2 dogs and a black cat, late at night.” It seemed to matter not who heard him play, or whether his dream of becoming a well-known musician was ever to be fulfilled. He was an artist whose solitary and isolated life was enriched by music, everyday.
A person who can find happiness within despite their circumstances, lives a life fulfilled. The humanities and the Arts, adds texture to the lives of those who live in rural and urban areas – young and old people, alike. An appreciation of Art can be felt as deeply by people who live in under-served communities as well as those in privileged environments. Cherel Ito had been witness to both. However, her exploring nature led her to places far and away from her familiar surroundings. Through the lens of her camera, she was more interested in capturing images that told tales of acceptance of all of humanity, whether pretty or not.