This week's edition of Saturday Sharing introduces you to several not-to-be-missed sites that will stimulate your creative and intellectual sides.
✭ Need a pick-me-up? Watch this short clip from the in-production documentary Get Real! Wise Women Speak.
✭ Check out the new multi-modal digital journal anomalous. (My thanks to New Pages for the heads up.)
✭ The beta version of a new site to be called Archives Portal Europe is live and provides access to information about archival materials of more than a dozen European nations and archival institutions elsewhere on the Continent. Among the national archives currently represented in the Directory are those of Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. This promises to be an exceptional site for gaining easy and direct access to archive repositories abroad.
✭ Still photographer Martin Waugh will surprise and delight you with his "liquid sculptures". Don't miss Waugh's stop-motion "bead video", comprising 312 individual frames, each a separate photograph of a different set of beads of water. Go here to learn about Waugh's techniques, which are a meld of the scientific and the artistic, and here to see a Discovery video that shows how Martin gets drops of water to do their "rain dance", or what he calls the "curve of the fluid". A recent feature on Oregon Art Beat is here.
Martin Waugh's Blog
Documentary and Interview with Martin Waugh (Video)
Oregon Art Beat
✭ Nurturing artists and anyone with an eye toward living an artful and faith-full life in community is the mission of the Nashville-based nonprofit Art House America, which also has a site in Dallas, Texas. The organization's blog, Art House America, features articles on creation care, music, books, truth and social justice, visual arts, craft, theatre, artful kids, hospitality, and food.
✭ Jenny Attiyeh produces and hosts an online "watering hole for ideas" called ThoughtCast®, which features her conversations with writers, academics, and intellectuals on a wide range of topics, from art, to economics, the environment, and immigration, to psychology, science, religion, and cosmology. In a new series, Attiyeh is devoting her time to discussion of a single play, poem, novel, or other specific piece of writing. She most recently has talked with Harvard University critic Helen Vendler on poet Emily Dickinson, interviewed author James Carroll about his book Jerusalem, Jerusalem, and discussed with Harvard's Shelley Carson the connection between creativity and mental illness. You'll find audio for all the programs online. (My thanks to The Library of America's Reader's Almanac for the link to ThoughtCast®.)