DON'T GET ME STARTED
NO ADS, PLUGS or FREEBIES,
BUT LOTS OF OPINIONS
I used to write advertising copy for a living. So I won't shower you with holier-than-thou-isms about how noble I am 'cause I don't run ads on WALKING IS TRANSPORTATION, or plug products, whether the products are arts or armaments.
Here's the story: I'm not looking for supplementary income from this blog. I don't want to scratch anybody's back in order to get the favor returned.
WIT's operating policy boils down to this:
1. No ads. They distract from the principal text and visuals.
2. No plugs, but with a caveat: I have supported not-for-profit or cooperative ventures and events, and I'll continue to. I will even support for-profit efforts that have a strong community base or focus.
3. No freebies. If I receive a book for review and want to keep it, I'll pay for it. Otherwise I'll return it or donate it to the Every Thing Goes Book Café in Tompkinsville.
UNRESTRAINED BY COMMERCIAL BONDS
That policy isn't noble; it's practical. If I don't sell ad space or plug products, then I don't have to stop myself from warning you off a book, a restaurant, an artist or an experience I think is second rate, not worth your money or your time.
But when I encounter something beautiful, or an idea that's worth thinking about, or a book or a movie or a play or a store or even a retail product that I think merits your attention, I won't hold off from telling you about it. And you'll just have to trust that I'm stating my opinion, not earning my income or returning a favor.
Which leads me to this:
Steve Nutt, Untitled No. 4, 2008, Wool rug with linen backing, 61 1/2" long x 32" wide
BECAUSE IT'S BEAUTIFUL
Potter and fiber artist Steve Nutt, a close friend for many years, insists that Untitled No. 4, shown above, is just a rug he made by hand to be placed on the floor and used like any other rug. But in the photo above, it's hanging on the wall over the stairs that lead to Steve's basement-level studio on Ward Hill.
That's where I first saw it. Hung on a wall, where in my opinion it belongs. And when I saw it, I thought immediately of the brilliance of fine stained glass panels, in which each three-dimensional polished-glass element of the panel is chosen for its jewel-like luster.
Untitled No. 4 will probably be the star attraction of Steve's exhibit at Art by the Ferry, a visual, musical and performance art festival--all of it free, except for selected handcrafts and food vendors--scheduled for a variety of in- and outdoor venues in St. George during the weekends of June 6 and 7 and June 13 and 14.