Author Archives: ScissortailArtCenter

On the pleasure and value of making things

By | May 20, 2012

From the Juniper Moon Farm blog entry titled My Accidental Manifesto: And it all left me feeling a little…hollow. I worked my rear end off at my job but I had nothing to show for it at the end of the day. I like to say that network news is like golf- nobody cares what […]

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To influence culture, fail at being an artist

By | February 5, 2012

This is an interesting follow up to the recent reflection on the life of Johnny Otis. I think those artists who have been pludging along and doing really interesting things either in their communities, in their businesses and their daily life have much more effect on the general culture than those who work only within […]

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A successful artist isn’t bitter

By | January 28, 2012

Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World, talks about the definition of art, what makes a successful artist and why she’s glad she is not an art critic. This short, meaty video is worth watching. 2011 SCAD deFINE ART guest Sarah Thornton from SCAD on Vimeo. Video via Savannah College of Art […]

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Johnny Otis, arts catalyst

By | January 21, 2012

Musician Johnny Otis died this week. I can’t say that I’d heard of Otis bofore this week, but I had heard of some of his finds, so to speak, such as Etta James (who, coincidentally, also passed this past week). “Otis spent as much or more time developing the talents of others,” according to an […]

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Look at all those . . .

By | January 14, 2012

. . . potential artist studios! Wait, stop! Can you just drop a few of those off for me please? The artists need them.

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Sympathy for a barn

By | January 6, 2012

I’m worried about this barn. It’s right across Highway 81 from Bruning, Nebraska. I drive by it a few times a year. It’s a big, beautiful barn just begging to be turned into a house or studio. Instead, it’s sat unused as far as I can tell for the past ten years.

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“Then will my creation be art . . . “

By | December 27, 2011

A new fiber implement has joined the Scissortail house! A used Ashford table loom came as a Christmas gift, and with it a book titled A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. The first page of content in the book contains the following: I feel within an impulse, perhaps that divine impulse which has moved all races in […]

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Do the arts need redeeming?

By | December 12, 2011

An article I read recently, titled Birmingham is not New York: 5 Cautions for Arts Ministry, warns that “The grandiose language of redeeming art is unhelpful at best.” Almost five years ago now I wrote somewhat glowingly about a paper put out by the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. The paper was titled Redeeming the […]

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Quote from Grunwald Guild blog

By | November 19, 2011

That must be shared: True contemplation always overflows into creation — it becomes a creative act. – Beverly Lanzetta Via

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Prairie validation

By | October 29, 2011

Two recent articles, one from the Smithsonian and one from The Curator, sing the praises of the prairie, something we love to do here at Scissortail too. First, via Smithsonian Magazine, a biographical journey from New York City native Meghan Daum about her move to Lincoln, Nebraska. From her article Home on the Prairie: The […]

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