The Local Show will be four years old this fall, and we’re having more fun than ever. This spring, filmmaker Karl Sutton caught up with three artists featured at the show to talk about where they’ve come from, how they approach the creative process, and what role community plays in their work. This “Part One: Origins.” Come back next week for part two. Read More ›
Click through for this week’s edition of Jonny Jimison’s Rabbit Trails.
Click through for the second edition of our new Rabbit Room comic strip, Rabbit Trails.
At the beginning of November, I began a weekly habit of posting art to my social media feeds—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I call it Art Wednesday. Every Wednesday, over the course of the day, I post a series of eight to ten paintings based on an artist or a theme. I name each work and usually offer a small comment about each one.
I began this weekly ritual before I had a vision for what I was actually trying to do. It started because I had been to The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and wanted to share some pictures I took of paintings I’ve loved since my youth.
Like me, some of you are old enough to remember the “funny papers.” There’s not a lot I miss about reading a daily paper, but I do miss the comics, and especially on Sundays. Back in the now-hallowed ’80s we’d wander home from church and sit on the porch ruffling through the full-color pages in search of Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and B. C. while waiting for the pot roast and mashed potatoes to hit the table. I miss that. And what is Silly-Putty even for without the funny papers? Read More ›
“What does it mean to be home? Sarah Jane sat on the edge of a cliff asking herself this question as she listened to the wind carry whispers of new places through Juniper Vale. She knew the answer lay beyond the boundaries of her village, so for the last time she said farewell and hopped atop the shell of Senalala, her turtle companion, her place of rest. Together they venture through a world overgrown, searching for a sense of home.”
– from The Traveler’s Tales Through Juniper Vale
[Note from Joe Sutphin: A few years ago my buddy Sam (S.D. Smith, author of the Green Ember series) asked me to do a few doodles for a serial that was running on Story Warren. It was a great little Mark Twain-like story about an everyday kid whose world is turned upside down the day that a shyster’s son comes to town. The story was tentatively referred to as Tumbleweed Thompson and was written by Glenn McCarty. I met Glenn later at a children’s conference in Charlotte and we became quick friends.
I found a dead baby mouse on the bricks of our driveway. I picked it up and looked it over. It was so perfect, as if it were only sleeping. Tens of thousands of soft, little downy hairs lined its body, its muzzle covered in minute whiskers. Delicate little ears and fingers and toes. One of the sweetest little innocent babies of this world, and a true work of art. I contemplated how God could put such care and thought, even tenderness into his creations, only to allow them to fail.
Today I share with you the second half of a discussion I had recently with Danny Bryant, pastor of St. Mary of Bethany Anglican Parish, and Steve Guthrie, professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University.
Today I invite you into the first half of a discussion I had recently with Danny Bryant, pastor of St. Mary of Bethany Anglican Parish, and Steve Guthrie, professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University.
Our discussion centered around the question, “Can we call the crucifixion beautiful?”—a question I have heard Danny and Steve explore with gentleness and wisdom, Danny in his sermons and Steve in his lectures as well as his book, Creator Spirit. When the three of us first convened, we came to the conclusion that we have much to learn by answering “yes” as well as “no.”