When Church Buildings Burn

The recent disasters involving church buildings around the world have drawn attention to the Christian faith but not for the right reasons. Several weeks ago three historically Black churches in a small area of Louisiana were set on fire. Police have arrested a suspect who they believe is responsible for all three fires. Then the…

Emotional Expression Wall Show

Artist Kathy Mommsen’s Emotional Expression Wall Show is showing now at the Owatonna Arts Center. For this show the artist used live models and sculpted directly on clay wall pieces to show the essence of people in action. Moving Through the Texture of Water   Over, Under and Through   This one is called Garden…

Spain’s Remarkable Cave Paintings

Fourteen years after he died they officially apologized. The experts thought he just made it all up. Accused him of forgery. But till his dying day, Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola maintained his integrity. Led by his eight-year-old daughter, Sautuola discovered the polychrome cave drawings of Altamira, Spain in 1879. He enlisted the help of Juan…

Napoleon’s Tapestries

Every good European monarch had to have a collection of tapestries. Here is a look at some of the tapestries that are part of the Napoleon, Power and Splendor exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. These exquisite works of art adorned Napoleon’s palace. They are so intricate and beautiful it…

Lichtenstein’s “Bacon Chair”

Roy Lichtenstein’s only foray into functional design was this “Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman” which my grand children promptly named, “The Bacon Chair” for obvious reasons. I think I like their name better. It is made of laminated and lacquered white birch plywood and is currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas…

Napoleon at the Nelson-Atkins

On a recent visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City we took in the Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit. The exhibit does not focus on Napoleon’s exploits as a military conqueror but on the majesty and significance of his imperial court and household. Napoleon all decked out in his royal attire. Napoleon’s wife, Joesphine. An…