Scott Allen

Inspired by a true story

Arts | Artist Michael Sherrill’s sculptures portray the pain and beauty of life
by Hannah Harris
Posted 3/26/20, 01:58 pm

Sculptor Michael Sherrill’s studio in western North Carolina is tucked under trees, nestled a few yards from a small waterfall. The soft, cascading sound of the waterfall met the snap of a wood-burning fireplace as Sherrill poured green tea into stoneware mugs and described how nature and faith influence his art. 

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A plea for beautiful buildings

Culture | Proposed executive order challenges soul-crushing architectural fads
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/12/20, 03:48 pm

Most of us don’t think about architecture unless it slaps us in the face. That may say more about bland, blocky public buildings than we’d like to admit, but several years ago I was slapped by the central public library in a Midwestern university town. The entrance, opening to a four-story atrium, resembled an upended, corrugated, glass-and-aluminum Dixie cup. The main body of the building, constructed of native red granite, sloped slightly inward, decorated with random strips of window.

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Imagine Art

Art in unexpected places

Lifestyle | Music and art programs offer creative outlets to the blind, disabled, and homeless
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/30/20, 03:41 pm

Austin, Texas, styles itself “the live music capital of the world” and a haven for painters and sculptors as well. So do other aspirational cities that have followed a New Urbanism script: gain an artsy reputation so the talented, young, and beautiful will follow. But what about those left behind yet also made in God’s image, including the blind, the disabled, and the homeless? 

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