Saturday, December 26, 2009

Art News: Attention Muppet Fans

The Mississippi Museam of Art 
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World offers a rare glimpse into the imagination and creative genius of the multi-talented innovator and creator of beloved characters like Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, and hundreds of others. From the beginning, the Mississippi-native expressed his ideas in incredible bursts of invention, through a variety of visual forms, clever dialogue, songs, comic bits, and animation. This exhibition presents original artwork, including drawings and cartoons, as well as other objects like puppets and movie props, all of which reveal the brilliant mind of their creator. On exhibition through 14 March, 2010.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Marianne Stokes

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year!

Frohe Weihnachten - glückliches neues Jahr!

Feliz Navidad - Feliz Año Nuevo!

Joyeux Noël - Bonne Année!

Buon Natale - Buon Anno!

Feliz Natal - ano novo feliz!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Strange News

Santa Died for your Mastercard

Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun
Art Conrad hung a Santa doll from a cross in front of his West Bremerton home, making a statement about political correctness as well as the commercialization of Christmas.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice

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Like a lot of people in the western world, I celebrate Christmas as a secularist. I don't consider myself a neo-pagan. Honestly, I don't consider myself a member of any religion, if Paganism is one. As if by nature, I reflect upon the Winter Solstice as the turning point from which the natural cycles of nature bring us back toward the light. From that perspective, it easy for me to understand and relate to how the pre-Christians celebrated in the way they did and how many of these traditions are still with us.

At Christmas, Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ; a story I find fascinating and humbling, though there appears to be some historical proof that Jesus was not born in winter. Feel free to correct me on this, as I am not aversed to being corrected on these matters. I am, in fact, quite interested to hear various perspectives.

I honor and respect the various ways people celebrate holidays at this time of year. Though I am not Christian, I will, on my blogs, honor Christmas through the art I select. Just as I do with virtually everything else I am thinking about.

Look forward to beautiful madonna and manger scenes depicted by early Renaissance painters, along with images that may show magic, faeries and elves, some picture book art and whatever else I stumble upon.

Happy Winter Solstice

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