Our story is centered around the Albrecht Durer exhibition, more specifically, his engraving, "Melancholia." Both my husband, Charlie, and I had taken art history courses and seen reproductions of Durer's work, but to fathom getting to see the originals......wow! So, we headed to the WAG and began our journey through the Durer exhibit. When we came upon his engraving, "Melancholia," we must have stood there for about an hour. I guess you could say that our experience happened in layers.....the first being in awe of his technical expertise. As we stood there, looking at each element of this engraving a dialogue ensued that lasted well beyond our visit to the WAG. It was the curator's synopsis that accompanied the piece that enhanced our experience. It was discussed that melancholia had always been considered a disease, but Durer's engraving was illustrating that it is perhaps not a disease, but instead, a very necessary part of the artist's spirit. This struck a chord with me. As an artist myself, I tend to be introspective or melancholic, which can sometimes feel isolating. After this exhibition, I came away with a feeling that melancholia is a positive attribute that up until then I questioned.