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Wells Cathedral

“The wells or springs, still seen today in the Bishop’s Palace garden, are the reason for the original settlement of this area. Stone Age flints and Roman pottery have been found near the springs and the earliest evidence of worship is a Romano-British burial chamber, which may have been Christian. Over this a Saxon mortuary chapel was built and in about 705, A.D. King Ine of Wessex gave permission for a minster church to be founded here.”

“The springs – in Anglo-Saxon, wella -, to which Wells owes both its name and its origins, bubble up continuously at a point which is now in the garden of the Bishop’s Palace. The most northerly spring was held to be a holy well and was dedicated to St Andrew. The springs are a result of the geology of the surrounding area. When it rains, water runs off the Mendip Hills and disappears into a system of underground channels and rivers. When it reaches Wells the water hits a layer of mudstone and is forced up through clefts in the rock to form what are known as the springs. On average 4 million gallons of water flow from the springs every day.”

“Native British tribes worshipped nature spirits, dedicating shrines near rivers, streams and springs. Whether they worshipped here, we do not know, though it seems highly likely and evidence of Stone Age flints shows that they visited the area. The sheltered location of the springs, with easy access to the summer grazing grounds of the Somerset Levels, meant that the area was very favourable for agriculture. In addition, the Mendips provided minerals, particularly lead, which were exploited by the Romans, and settlement, perhaps a villa, was established close to the springs.”

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Nazi looting: Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally

Walburga/Wally Neuzil was not only Egon Schiele’s model from early 1911 but also his girlfriend and faithful companion until the spring of 1915. Having started out as one of many models, she soon played a key role in Schiele’s life and works. Schiele created himself, his vision of an artist, through his works, while Wally revealed to him a world that was indispensable for this development – an open sexuality that had progressed from the constraints and dangers encountered by adolescents towards an emotionality enjoyed on an equal footing, an ability to have relationships and with it a more stable, reliable self.

While she modeled for Schiele, Wally was also working as a sales assistant, a cashier and mannequin at a clothing store. Together with Schiele she moved to Krumau in the spring of 1911 and visited him in Neulengbach. She stood by him during his time in prison in April 1912, trusted in his integrity and provided active support throughout this crisis. Until early 1915 she remained the person the artist related to most closely.

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A Review on Michael Eric Dyson’s New Book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (Book) #Bookreview #buy @MichaelEDyson


A Review on Michael Eric Dyson’s New Book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

By Juan Carlos Diaz




Esteemed Georgetown Sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson has taken the realms of philosophy and American culture by storm with his latest book Tear We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. In this particular book, Dyson hashes out some harsh truths about white culture in 21st century America and how minorities a viewed in the eyes of “Tribal  Whiteness,” which means that there seems to be a sense of entitlement or some kind of extended privilege, Dyson states in his book, however, that most whites in American society are oblivious of the fact that they subscribe or benefit from white privilege. Dyson reiterates this theory by pointing out the fact that although there are many whites living in poverty, some of them still feel like they have the upper hand on black or any other minority group simply due to the pigmentation of their skin.

When preparing to write this review, however, I feared that some of our reader might view this book as an angry rant on white America by an African American intellectual, but that is not the case. What Dyson tries to convey his new book is a clear and concise understanding of the plight that African Americans have faced for centuries due to the oblivious nature of white privilege. The genius of this book, however is the soft tone in which the book is written. In other words, it is neither condescending or grandiose; rather it speaks to its audience in kind and loving tone, often referring to then as beloved or brothers and sisters. All and all, Dyson’s book wants us all to see that we are equal in the eyes of GOD.


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National Endowment for the Art could be federally cut

National Endowment for the Art could be federally cut

By Patrick Hill

@Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine



Little history about NEA, it was established by Congress in 1965. National Endowment for The Art is an independent federal agency that funds and supports art of America. NEA gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creativity.  This is all from the NEA website. Through the partnership with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and philanthropic sector. NEA supports learning, affirms, and celebrates this country rich and diverse cultural heritage for which it extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community in this nation.


Why do you need to know this; the NEA has been important for those who share the same passion for arts. Whether you love to paint or dance. The importance of NEA carries weight to cultural art within our heritage background in the United States. It does not have to be just cultural but art in general. Think about all things that came from art in this country. We would not know of the Mona Lisa portrait. How about impressionist painters like Mary Cassatt? Historical figures in art.


Schools rely on art to open kids mind to the possibilities. Even times it benefits the student’s creativity and imagination wonders to a platform where they can show case it to the world. The NEA offers programs and grants to students and organizations who are into the arts. Now, it is about to be cut from the government budget. It will eliminate grants and programs from students to artists.


An article by Max B. O’Connell from Rapid City Journal called “Trump team considers elimination of National Endowment of the Arts.”  It suggests that Trump is considering eliminating NEA.


“According to a report in The Hill newspaper on Thursday, President Trump’s team has proposed the elimination of the NEA, as well as the elimination of the National Endowment of the Humanities and the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.” (2017)


He elaborates.

“Those potential changes are reportedly part of a blueprint to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, one that closely follows a plan put forth by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation last year.” (2017)


His reasoning.

“However, the NEA’s budget in 2016 was $148 million; the NEH’s budget was roughly the same, while the CPB’s budget was $445 million. Combined, their funds make up .02 percent of the estimated $3.9 trillion the federal government spent during the fiscal year, according to The Washington Post.” (2017)



So, what happens if the NEA is eliminate, Max B. O’Connell discusses that as well.


“If the NEA were to be eliminated, the reverberations would be felt by businesses beyond local arts organizations.” (2017)


“A study by America for the Arts showed that audience attendance at art events generates spin-off income for many local businesses, including restaurants, parking garages, hotels and retail stores, with the average arts attendee spending $24.60 per event (not including the price of admission).” (2017)


There is no word yet on the topic at this moment. It is clear now, it will be discussed sooner or later. That eventually the federal government will not put money into the NEA if President Trump see no importance into investing federal dollars into this agency. Potentially can lead to small businesses such as art organizations closing.


What do you think?



Painting in the feature is by Monet