“Get Together and do Artwork and Instrumental” by Donna Sherley
Hey there listeners!
This is the last episode in my series on StudioWorks.
You know, I saw so many familiar friendly faces at the ‘Reflections’ opening last week. Many of which were StudioWorks artists, the staff, as well as outside creatives…I had such a wonderful time. That exhibition seem to bring so many people together, much like StudioWorks itself. It was a diverse environment, and something I’d love to see on a larger scale.
To say the least, I enjoyed working on this series so much and I hope to revisit it in the future as they grow and expand. I just want to everyone at StudioWorks.
A page from a book repurposed by Donna.
My guest today is Donna Sherley. Donna’s art consists of vibrantly colored paintings and illustrations with a upbeat flair. Other mediums she has explored is paper weaving, clay, and found objects such as the repurposing of old books.
Donna has been with StudioWorks for a long time and enjoys her work there. StudioWorks helps her expand upon her skills as well as give her connections to other parts of Louisville’s art community. She hopes to soon land an arts related job.
You can learn more about Donna’s work from her blog or Zoom Group’s webpage.
Jeremy posing with his rendition of X-men character ‘Wolverine’. Photo via StudioWorks
Hello again, listeners.
I finally got a chance to run by StudioWorks since their expansion—and it looks great. I just stopped in to grab some photos and look around. I haven’t been in a while, so I thought it was about time again.
Some of the pieces I photographed were works by Jeremy Smith.
Jeremy’s art style is rich with comic book influences as well as animation and fantasy art. His creativity was encouraged by artistic family members and friends from an early age. He has been making work professionally at StudioWorks for about eight years.
Jeremy’s methods are mostly tradition pencil and ink, though he has dabbled in using digital technology to enhance some works. The subject matter of his work mainly is made up of hyper muscular individuals, superheroes, and the sort.
Another work by Jeremy Smith
Jeremy hopes one day to do his own comic, or at least get his fan art in the back of someone else’s. I feel he is on the right path—he has made his own ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ cards, greeting cards, and of course several large scale pieces housed at StudioWorks.
Happy New Year listeners. I hope everyone is having a nice winter so far. I hope you’re all staying warm, staying safe…
Today we’re getting even deeper into my series of StudioWorks artists with guest Julie Baldyga. I feel that most of Julie’s work centers around her interest in how things work—be it people or machines.
Julie’s body of work is mostly made up of oil pastel scenes of mechanics working on various machines. The figures in her pieces tend to be women engineers, scientists, and mechanics. She says her interest in machinery came from her father’s job working in a whiskey bottling plant, when she was a child.
Julie’s work also consist of many three dimensional pieces, like her life sized sculptures called ‘Heavenly People’. ‘Heavenly People’ are sculptures of friends, family, and celebrities as Julie imagines they will look in heaven. Many of the first sculptures came with skeletal systems, arteries, and organs that she made from various wire & found materials. Julie has made numerous sculptures like these (as seen above in the video courtesy of Tom Stagg via Youtube.)
Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.
To learn more about Julie, you can check out these links:
Continuing my series on StudioWorks, today’s episode features Eric Huggins.
Eric is a soft spoken guy, but super friendly—he always seems to have a smile on his face. His artwork reflects that upbeat disposition with his color usage & subject matter. Eric’s work is inspired by his love of music, especially Motown, and usually comes in the form of celebrity portraits. Aside from his colorful portraits, Eric dabbles in tattoo influenced work as well.
More of Eric’s work. Photo from StudioWorks’ Facebook page. I love that embroidered Elvis.
Eric is a self taught artist who’s been at it for over 20 years now. Quite a bit of those years have been spent learning and experimenting at StudioWorks, which has given him the opportunity to try new things as well as pass down his experience to children at the Pitt Academy. Eric teaches an art class about once a month with Pitt Academy students.
I also hear rumor that Eric and another local creative, Lindsay Sant, are working on an animation project together. I’ll keep you updated when I hear more…
Heya listeners! I’m so excited that this is finally coming together—this is the first in a series of discussions with the forces behind StudioWorks and their awesome artists.
Seems like more each day I have the mentality that everyone has something to bring to the table. And such thinking openly embraces diversity. Of course, diversity is a broad term and sometimes there are areas that get overlooked. In saying this, I find it refreshing that neurodiversity has recently had a much stronger presence in the media. Even Sesame Street is coming into the conversation.
Such diversity is a big part of StudioWorks’ goal.
Today’s episode is a conversation I had with Studio Manager Heather Drury & Site Coordinator Frances Mican back in August.
I apologize if it’s a little ‘choppy’, and for when I misspeak (I was a bit distracted by the AC kicking on…it tends to be EXTREMELY loud.)
Window display from The Food Show. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.
StudioWorks is an art studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, the studio is home to over 30 artists of various styles and still expanding. StudioWorks is under the umbrella of the non profit Zoom Group, which is an organization that helps such adults with job placement and other services. Artists can expect ample studio space to create work, get advice & assistance, opportunities to learn new mediums, and a proper forum to display the finished product.
You can learn more by visiting zoomgroup.org/studioworks. Or go outside! Find them near the corner of Bardstown Rd and Eastern Pkwy (2008 Eastern Parkway).
Listen in below to our discussion to get further details on becoming an artist, or getting involved as a volunteer.
Every culture is colored by creative expression. In particular, every part of the world produces its own brand of music. And if you asked, most musicians would agree that music is an universal language that can break down most communication barriers.
This idea is built into the foundation of Mixdown Monday, and its predecessor, the Americana Digital Music Project.
The forces behind both of these projects (and much more) is Jared and SCZ. They, along with musician Christella Philippe, are my guests today. I talk with them about the weekly meetings, music making, Louisville’s refugee community, and their work with FORward Radio. Through their work at Americana, they got to know refugees around the city and the importance of music in their communities. They also saw how it brought a variety of people together, which was the stepping point for Mixdown Monday.
Mixdown Monday is a weekly event that features workshops on making beats, mixing, and producing music. Mixdown is an off shoot of a project that they started at the Americana Community Center.
The focus of these project’s are on young musicians, but all are welcome.
Each Mixdown Monday a meal is provided, and you can expect help with song writing along with homework, life advice, or getting on the radio.
Jared and SCZ say they’re welcome to volunteers— you can share a skill, hold a workshop, etc. Just send them a message via Facebook, so they know how much food to make.
My guests today are individuals who aren’t new to Louisville’s music scene. Matt Dodds and JC Denison have been in a variety of bands, probably most well known being Lucky Pineapple. And as you listen to this episode, you can gather that putting out music isn’t easy, especially financially, and that having a support system makes quite a difference.
This is the experience they both bring to Auralgami Sounds.
Auralgami Sounds started out as a name for JC to release his own music under, till he started brainstorming with Matt to make a legitimate record label. Matt & JC seem more motivated in promoting musicians they believe in as well as creating a collaborative community, rather than seeking lucrative gain. The label is still new, gaining momentum, and they have so many great ideas. And they also have a lot of great projects lined up.
You can catch the release show of the newest Auralgami Sounds album at The New Vintage, Saturday October 3rd. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
My guest today is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic known as Wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is defined as an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Basically, finding the beauty in imperfections or the incomplete. Angela St. Vrain is someone who finds joy in imperfections and most times, accentuates them.
Angela is currently an undergrad student over at U of L’s Hite Institute for Sculpture. She uses a variety of materials and processes. And the breadth of her work is based on the theme of shelter, and how our homes help construct who we are.
Many of her pieces are recreations of specific spaces in her biography, but still can be relatable to the audience as houses tend to be a universal symbol of home.
A Portrait of Five” by Joshua Jenkins. Just to give you an idea of scale, the dimensions are 64x59in.
Looking at Joshua’s work, his influences seem to span many styles, places, and periods—a love of Picasso, bits of the Harlem Renaissance, and street art. He also acknowledges what the classic painters have passed down to us, though he’s far from a traditionalist.
Today, I’m talking about Joshua Jenkins. Joshua is a freelance artist and the coordinator for the LVA‘s Artebella program. His work tends to be large scale, mixed media abstracts that range from portraits to scenes of daily life. Joshua’s interest in art grew when he discovered Picasso’s prolific body of work. For him, this was a realization of what art could be was much more than the classic Renaissance painters.
Joshua uses a very layered technique blending text, color fields, and abstract figures, all with a very bold and expressive brushstroke.
At First There Is Movement by Jesi Evans. Photo credit to Sarah Davis.
How are you, listeners?
Despite certain difficulties, I am here with another discussion as promised. If I sound exasperated in the interview, it’s because my computer froze during the first take…
Today’s guest is an old friend of mine, Jesi Evans. Our friendship is very much seeped in art—we met in High School art class, have shared interests regarding art & music, and have gone on to collaborate through our fledgling collective Hot Garbage.
Jesi is a Berea college grad that works primarily in fibers, with a special emphasis on embroidery. Jesi uses this rather ‘familiar’ medium to redefines craft for herself, as well as the viewer. The medium is familiar and welcoming to her due to a childhood full of projects with her mother & grandmother.
Her latest series of work delves into personal environmental concerns and the emotional response tied to them. The project is right now a work in progress, but you can get a peek at jesievansart.com. You can check out her past projects at her Cargo Collective site.
Sooner Or Later You’ll Have To Go To Sleep by Jesi Evans. Photo credit Sarah Davis
For a more in-depth introduction, check out her websites and our chat using the player below.
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