Utter goofball draws for God

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1236255" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Artwork of Basil Wolverton[/caption] A small town in Washington quietly incubated the "spaghetti-and-meatball school" school of art until the 1970s. If you have never more…

Stunning treasure trove of art commemorates 9/11

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1215955" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Delftware artwork by Michelle Erickson[/caption] Slogans of camaraderie and encouragement blossomed across car windows and city halls directly after the 9/11 attacks. The nation more…

Media quicker to pity Satanists than Christians?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1175065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Yazidi refugees[/caption] Considering that Yazidis are a small group with far fewer victims at the hands of Islam than Christians in the Middle East, more…

Street preacher brings message to life in Day-Glo

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1135195" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Robert Roberg[/caption] "I have painted with the pure motives of sharing my visions of God with anyone who'll stop and look and listen" – more…

'Archie' takes bullet for 'gay' cause

by Marisa Martin -- Archie Andrews was the love of my life at 12 – but I was forced to share him with sweet Betty and sultry Veronica, of course. How galling. more…

Money, politics collide in war for art

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1093215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Munch's 'The Scream' at auction[/caption] Is a painting real property or intellectual property? This is just one of the hotly debated issues over the more…

Wake up, West! Russia marches to 'holy' war

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1075065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Patriarch Kirill of Moscow[/caption] Something very strange is happening in Russia – stranger than Putin's fawning female devotees or half nude, Siberian hunting excursions. more…

Artists bomb Israel (with graffiti)

by Marisa Martin -- Rockets are coughing up death over Israel's cities like swarms of incendiary summer wasps – 1,000 rocket strikes in six days at last count (July 8-14). Elsewhere, editors more…

Why do evangelicals make bad art?

by Marisa Martin -- From 2006 to 2012 Kemper Crabbe penned thoughtful articles on "Why Evangelicals Make Bad Art" and came up with enough ideas and examples for 30 columns. Unfortunately, he more…

Armies attack and defend 'Jesus'

by Marisa Martin -- Last fall in one of those supernaturally charged, numinous moments so rare they become legend, a war was halted because of a 40-foot statue of Jesus. According to more…