Art and Soul of North Texas

For those of us interested in the connection between art and spirituality (and, actually, I hope that is most of us…) there’s a new local podcast out there that you need to check out.

It’s called “Art and Soul of North Texas,” and it’s created by my friend Shelly Niebuhr. Shelly is a wonderful artist herself –a musician and painter– and you may know her as half of the duo “ClarySage.”

The website says that “Art and Soul of North Texas” is:
“Inspiring conversations with ordinary people creating extraordinary art.”
Each podcast is an extended interview with a local musician/artist about their art, and about the way that spirit and art collide. Here’s some of what Sherry says about the podcast on her site:

“I feel it is critical to the growth of a community for local artists to have a forum from which to speak and share their art. I know of no such venue in our area so hence the creation of this Podcast…I believe that ultimately everyone is an artist, but not everyone is in touch with that aspect of themselves.”

Here’s a story
about the podcast that ran in a recent issue of the Plano Star Courier.

What I love about the show is that each podcast is a one-on-one conversation with the artist, and you feel like it’s just Shelly and the artist having a private talk, but that you have been allowed to “sit in” and learn.

Guests so far have included two of my local musician friends: Marsha Webb and Cornell Kinderknecht. You will recall that Cornell has been a part of “Connections.”
As regular readers of this blog know, these issues –the connection between spirituality and art– are issues I wrestle with in my life, and that I’ve blogged about myself. (Most explicitly
here). I find the podcast nourishing to me, and I am betting you will find it nourishes the artist in you too.

So, check out “Art and Soul of North Texas. I’ve subscribed to it via my iPod, so that I’ll get the regular updates as they become available. I hope you will too.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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