My church asked some artists in the congregation to create pieces for our current series, The Whole Story, as we began delving into the New Testament. I was assigned The Beatitudes. I must have read this passage dozens of times. It's fairly well-known and certainly referenced quite a bit in sermons. God is very gracious with us and knows we read and read and often do not retain or think about what we're reading. And sometimes, when we've read it for the thirty-fifth time, God tells you to slow down and listen.
Painting shoes used to be my JAM. I was always eyeing those clearance racks in search of cheap canvas shoes to paint on. Shoes are an interesting canvas - you have to be thoughtful about your composition, you get to wear your art, and you wouldn't believe the friends you can make just wearing fun shoes.
Last April does not seem like it was a year ago, and yet, here we are! I've been looking forward to Write_On since I sent off my final campaign letter on April 30. I have sent plenty of letters since then but there was a real air of excitement throughout the month of April as I sent off letters and anticipated replies in my mailbox. Because it's a simple joy to receive a handwritten letter in your mailbox. This simple joy is becoming less and less common and it's a shame to see a perfectly good simple joy slip into obscurity, especially when beautiful stamps, pretty paper products, and the postal service still exist.
It has been quite an exciting January already. I'm settling in to my new role at the Foundry Art Centre and just wrapped up a very fun exhibition at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Thank you to the Renaissance for featuring me and my work. I would absolutely recommend being a part of this art initiative in Saint Louis; included in this post are details for you to display your work or play your music at the Renaissance Hotel.
When I first started listening to Hamilton back in August, I was immediately hooked. As I said in my previous post, Lin Manuel-Miranda has my undying respect & adoration. I love In The Heights. The episode of House he was in: the only truly good episode of House. Lin loves his fans and peers and is humble despite the daunting amount of acclaim and fame he has received since In The Heights and, more recently, from Hamilton, the musical most often described as "a hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, but mostly about Alexander Hamilton, and is narrated by the man who shot him, Aaron Burr." Like Teyve says, "Sounds crazy, no?" But it works. No more ink need be spilled on its success and all the famous folk that see it each and every day; instead, the bulk of this post is to share my experience at the theater and divulge some of what happened on stage in those three hours.