Northstar church ART show and sale

The church web promo post made me a believer. “Art speaks in a language all its own, it has the power to provoke to provoke, inspire and give hope. It is a powerful force that rules the internet, the airwaves and demands the square footage of thousands of museums and private galleries. Art is important to us as individuals and to our culture, and we believe it should be celebrated.”
And so it was a celebration attended by hundreds of artists, aficionados, and buyers. For the fourth year it raised awareness and interest supporting the churches missionary program and local artists. For more on the event read Tony Simmons UNDERCURRENTS column on page 3 of the News Herald special entertainment section [email protected]

All that being said there was only one glitch in the Friday evening gathering. A work of art from the M L Jankowski archive collection by world renowned artist Joe Coleman had been recived and hung on Thursday but significantly absent at the opening. No advance notice was given of the work being removed. In a corner of the space behind a table with ladies processing the evenings art sales standing on the floor faced to the wall was the art in question.

The artwork and hand lettered text was two original facing pages titled The Healer and The Exorcist. The pages appear in a limited edition book The Man of Sorrows. printed in gold on black pages with hand tipped in full color illustrations done with single hair brushes. The book is an examination of Joe Colemans paintings which he says is a revelation of the hidden truths about Jesus Christ and illumination of the Christian iconography which formed a base from which Joes artistic pathology grew. The Man of Sorrows is based upon his research into the early Christian writings known as The Apocrypha which are stories that were stricken from The New Testament because they clashed with views of Jesus that the church wished to perpetrate.

I was directed to speak with Lee as to why the artwork no longer was hanging in the show and sale. Lee was standing directly behind me and ending a conversation. He said the artworks text and bible verses did not meet with their beliefs and could not be presented. I had hoped that any discussions or conflicts of belief would be a perfect way to have the art aid in a better understanding of the scriptures. But alas the minister won out and I spent the remainder of the evening enjoying the artwork and conversations with other learned folks on the topics noted by Coleman as well as other bible verses.

For any intrested in seeing the original artwork of Joe Coleman, reading or owning your own copy of the entire book The Man of Sorrows or viewing a screening of a documentary about the artist… comment here

DESTRUCTION exhibition



Werth Seeing ART GAlLeRy

1121 Beck Avenue

Panama City


OPENING Friday Dec 17th 2010


Saturday Dec 18th 2010 more info call

850 832 – 9853

Unearthed from under the Skin of modern imagination, through the powers of allure, seduction and menace, the ART is an interactive sensory medium, an organic and electronic voyage to the edge.

A showcase for cutting edge works, a missing piece in Panama Citys’ art community. With the opening of Werth seeing ART Gallerye that piece is now in place. A space for local and international artists to call their own and a place for the public to consistently learn about contemporary art. Artists installations  in response to social issues in a city that is moving forward with art being an integral part.

An invigorating presence in Panama City that will encourage the region’s benefactors to give greater support to the arts community as a whole.

The sale of Contemporary ART makes up more than 80% of all art sold worldwide.


There is a dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.

“Nuova arte per una generazione pericolosa.”

“New ART for a dangerous age.”

art n the present tense


After a visit to the archive Gail was motivated to do some research about the  various language versions of Art for art’s sake and here is her nutshell version the English rendering of a French slogan from the 19th century — l’art pour l’art. It expresses a philosophy that the intrinsic value of art, and the only “true” art, is not based on any instructional, moral or useful function. The Latin version of this phrase: ars gratia artis, is used as a slogan by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and appears in the circle around the roaring head of the lion in their logo.

Artists of the Madonnaro 2010

Artists of the Madonnaro 2010 @ Visual Art Center of northwest Florida includes award wining  ( Bay County Fair) work by yours truly Matty Jankowski Premiers at tonights Galo opening for the annual three day street painting festival. stop by Sat & Sun for free art and original handmade colaborative artwork for a BUCK yes only $1.00. Come by for a peek and Saturday Yard sale with bargains galore…. WOW!