StudioWorks, Heather Drury & Frances Mican: November 4th, 2015

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.

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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.)

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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.

Angela St. Vrain: August 12th, 2015

Alley On Burnett At 2nd St. Photo by Martin Criss

Alley On Burnett At 2nd St. Photo by Martin Criss

Greetings listeners.

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.

Camelback House

Camelback House

To learn more about Angela’s amazing work, check out angelastvrain.wordpress.com.

To hear the chat we had in her studio, use the player below or subscribe to the podcast via the iTunes store.

Ps. Because I know I’m so bad at pronunciation, and I don’t have any knowledge of African languages, I’m providing a link to the musician I mention in the beginning of the episode: Check it out!

 

Goodbye July….

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

It’s been a interesting summer so far, blog goers. I’ve been all over the place with my hand in many different pies. So much is happening, so many changes…so, so much…

Considering this fact and my desire to keep the quality of Blind Date on the up and up, I’ve decided to cut posts down to when I have something extra special for you. Thing such as big announcements, events, and (of course) interviews! I think this way I can allot time to other projects and keep my sanity, but at the same time keep things interesting for you! I also promise more Instagrams…I swear! I know I’ve been neglecting you on that end….

Speaking of the projects I have in the works, at the end of August I’ll be uploading my interview with Camera Lucida. They’re an awesome aural/visual experience based duo.

I’ve also been working with Stacey Reason from the Louisville Artists Syndicate. I’m putting together an exclusive exhibition only interview with Rudy Salgado and Susanna Crum, available for listen at the show! We discuss the art of printmaking, their up & coming print shop, as well as their print collection which is the subject of the exhibition. I’ll keep you in the loop as I get more details…

Along with that, I’ve been trying to get together with my friend Lindsay Smith, to discuss a really awesome project she is doing along with her medical studies. I’m super excited about this as well…

One last thing, I’m participating in this year’s Open Studio Weekend with a small collective of friends. We’re putting together a small sound installation and working on a large collaborative piece inspired by Mandalas.

Sometime after this I’d also like to try to have an art yard sale.

We’ll see which way the wind blows…