Alternate Arts

blogging the hell out of art

May 20, 2017
by jimwall

Eat, Link, and be Merry

Here are some links for state-of-the-art thinking on art.

Q: Ideas for the Common Good… educates church and cultural leaders on their roles and opportunities to embody the Gospel in public life.

Center for Faith & Work… cultural renewal resources and encouragement for artists and churches from Redeemer Church, NYC.


IAM (International Arts Movement)… focused on beauty, nurturing and healing. Founded and still inspired by the the writing and artwork of founder Makoto Fukimura. Also check out the Fukimura Institute and the Brehm Center.

Steve Brown, etc... centered around Steve Brown’s nationally syndicated radio show. Part of the Key Life Network, where you’ll find great articles by a variety of authors. Key Life’s “About” says it best, “Key Life exists to communicate that the deepest message of the ministry of Jesus and the Bible is the radical grace of God to sinners and sufferers. Because life is hard for everyone, grace is for all of us. We believe the Bible reveals that this grace is amazing, scandalous, free, inexhaustible, mysterious, abundant, irresistible, costly, gratuitous, wondrous, overflowing and extravagant.”

byFaith Magazine… online magazine created from a reformed/PCA perspective which is immersed in a Christian world-and-life view. Good site for articles on art and culture.

Ransom Fellowship… equips Christians with the ability to engage the world in a way that brings glory to Christ.


Hollywood Jesus… Is there a more intriguing name for a website? HJ offers entertainment reviews and interactive ranking articles from a faith-based perspective.

CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts)… encourages Christians to remember that they are called to be creative, devoted to the church, and present in culture.


AEM (Arts & Entertainment Ministries)… equips and educates artists, creative professionals, churches and educators to embrace the Gospel and become agents of redemption for the arts, the culture and the world.

Any sites you would recommend? Leave a comment!

May 16, 2017
by jimwall
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Follow the Gold

Ever have money thrown at you? Israel did, as they left Egypt…

Exodus 12:35-36 (ESV) 35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. 36 And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

I’m sure the clothing helped as they went into the desert.

The silver and gold, however, what became of that?

What becomes of the gifts the Lord has given you? How do you steward over the things God has graciously placed in your hands? Not just money – your time, your personality, your art?

It’s probably bad enough that for most of us, our gut reaction to the things we have or the artists we are, is that it’s ours, and we do with these things as we please.

But sometimes it gets worse.

Exodus 32:1-4 (ESV) When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden[a] calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

Perhaps some of that gold had been given to them as they left Egypt?

All good things come from our loving, merciful, heavenly father. You will find your highest joy in giving them back to him in service, and your least joy by taking those gifts and holding them for your self, or worse yet, using your gifts to serve the idols of your heart – the things you hold more dear than the Lord.

Follow the gold.

May 6, 2017
by jimwall

These 3 Show Up When You Create

Whenever you take on a significant creative project: a work of art, starting a business, losing weight, etc., three types of people show up:

The helper. They’re the best. These will often be people who know you and can plug in to what you need in terms of encouragement, resources, etc. Sometimes though, these can be complete strangers drawn to you, perhaps through a friend. Helpers will rarely ask or need something in return. They’re on your pathway to help you.

The mutual beneficiary. These will often show up looking like a helper. They are, however, interested in quid pro quo, or something in return. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Mutual beneficiaries will often offer a high-level of assistance, since they are exchanging it for something in return. Examples: a weight-loss coach, a graphic designer for your book, guitar lessons from a local teacher.

The blood-sucker. Keep an eye out for these. They range from mindless trolls to manipulative acquaintances. They will pull energy, focus and vision from you. Most of all, avoid being your own vampire. Be careful with the stories you tell yourself. 

April 30, 2017
by jimwall
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Celestial Fire is Hot

Rising from the cooling embers of the extraordinary band, Iona, is Celestial Fire. They are a progressive rock band, and they just released a dvd/2cd set called, “Live in the UK.”

In studio or live, Celestial Fire exhibits high-level musicianship and intricate songwriting.

Celestial Fire is…

Dave Bainbridge (guitars, keyboards, bouzouki, percussion, vocal) Dave was one of the driving creative forces behind Iona. He’s brought his heart and soul to this project.

Sally Minnear (lead vocals, vocal looping, acoustic guitar, percussion) Daughter of multi-instrumentalist Kerry Minnear of Gentle Giant. Sally toured as the featured vocalist in Michael Flatleyʼs “Lord of the Dance.”

Frank Van Essen (drums, percussion, violin, vocals) Just about the time you realize this a really good drummer, Frank has grabbed a violin and plays it like it’s his primary instrument.

Simon Fitzpatrick (basses, Chapman Stick, Moog bass) Type in this guy’s name at YouTube. He single-handedly covers Roundabout by Yes, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. As a bass player, Fitzpatrick sets the pocket when needed, and colors the lines when appropriate.

Dave Brons (guitars, mandolin, vocals) A gifted musician tuned to the mood of this band.

The dvd/2cd set features a lot of new material, some Iona material (including “Today”), and even a cover or two. My only wish is that they would have performed live (for the dvd) their composition “For Such a Time as This.” Fortunately, the studio version is included.

Check out their website to learn more or to get their music.