Lifetime Achievement Award for Sarah McQuaid at Ards International Guitar Festival

At last week’s Ards International Guitar Festival, Sarah McQuaid was presented with the festival’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients over the festival’s 20-year history include legendary guitarists Davey Graham, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Arty McGlynn, Martin Simpson, Gordon Giltrap, Pierre Bensusan and Martin Carthy. Sarah recalls her initially annoyed reaction when compère Ralph McLean…

Hot Piece of Glass: A Filmmaker’s Favorite Lenses

  By Tyler Ham Pong, Film Columnist   Despite being an art form, there’s a lot of tech that goes into the moving images you see in film. For example, choosing the right type of camera can determine the difference between 1080p and 4K resolution, slow motion with the frame rate, and even the ability…

Featured Artist: Mario Sostre

Interview by Lisa K. Salerno Lisa: I really love the new works on paper. This new series has a great balance of color and texture. I see a combination of paint, collage, and possibly also printmaking? Will you tell me a bit about your process in creating these? Mario: I just started rolling paint on…

When I Saw Death: A Novel by Pete M. Ward

“The Spirit Council believes that in a world where we cause each other pain so freely, the only way to slow us down and make us actually learn to love again, is to let us feel some of the pain that we cause. The only problem is: Matthias loves to live. He grows to love…

Featured Artist: Dmitry Borshch

The drawings belong to two related series, first of which I describe thus, ‘Exiled from Truth: Nine Allegories’ by Dmitry Borshch. The title which some allegorical pictures are collected, possibly more than nine: the series continues to develop. They are united by color, style, and technique, so I view them as a homogeneous collection of…

Through the Lens with Lee Baker

    About two years ago I started my journey through the world of photography by accident. When I say accident, I’m referring to my previous travels where I would document my travels via my handy Apple iPhone and upload some information about the destination, food or culture to Facebook. A friend who is a…

Snapshot of Sweet Salvation by Scott Thomas Outlar

    Grass stains in my mind where I tripped through your thoughts for a flash, for an instant, for a moment captured (click-click) in time. Big hope on the wire where birds balance their souls with a feather, with a fire, with a heart fluttering (kiss-kiss) across the scales. Rain drops through the sky…

Featured Artist: Christine Stoddard

We still live in a world where women so often don’t have a voice. Exploring feminine power and energy is integral to all that I create as an artist. I feel that energy and power everywhere in nature, which is one of the reasons why I am drawn to flora and fauna imagery in my…