Before I Die - in Tallahassee

December 19, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

A morning stroll near the Capitol in Tallahassee revealed something unusual. Through the entry gate of Burnett Park, just far enough from the busy traffic on Gaines Street is a simple structure made with chalkboards. In big white lettering the title of this public art installation reads, “Before I die…” On the side is the subtitle: “Tallahassee’s Bucket List.” It turns out that for at least the ... Read More

Artists / Sacred Landscapes

Due East Samples Include Spiritual Themes

November 10, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

The lights were barely turned on this evening as my wife and I joined a small but eager group who arrived early to get a first look at the offerings for the 15th annual East Austin Studio Tour. The kick-off party, appropriately titled Due East, included the opening of the East Group Exhibition featuring one piece from each of the over 400 artists contributing to this year’s tour. It didn’t take ... Read More

Artists / Sacred Symbols / Presentations

Contemplating Ganesh and Hindu Spiritual Art

May 30, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Since yesterday’s blog had me thinking about India, I looked back over my photos from a recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. There’s a permanent display of art from the East, offering a basic survey of art and artifacts from Japan, China, Korea and other countries, including India. I photographed their Ganesh statue, since I’ve blogged about this approachable deity and how its ... Read More

Artists / Liturgical Arts

Austin Street Art - NBA meets Mary Poppins?

September 16, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

This is apparently a long-standing street art theme - the umbrella image appears in some very unlikely places, but I've not encountered an image quite like this one. It is visible from the northbound lane of Lamar Boulevard, just north of the Town Lake bridge. I've written before on the connection I find between the creative impetus in street art and the human need to make a special, if not ... Read More

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