From the archive… : November 30th, 2016

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Hello everyone.

Once again, the holidays are upon us…as well as the winter. I know things have been hectic and confusing this month, even before the holiday came. I have definitely felt out of sorts…but, I haven’t forgotten about you.

I’m taking a little break this month, so today I’m pulling a interview from the archive.

Right now, I’m in the midst of a big project which requires a lot of my time. The project is called ‘The Nothing About Me Without Me’. The premise of the project is to give the disabilities community a voice through art. Many great local organization are involved such as Zoom Group, The Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Down Syndrome of Louisville. The program consist of a various creative workshop and the process will be documented  & turned into a film by U of L grad students.

I’m contributing a series of interviews with artists in the program as well as leading some creative workshops. The interview series should start within the next two months, so keep an eye out!

But, for now, enjoy this past interview from 2014. This one is with Isle Blansert, a video creator and ‘ASMRtist’. If these words don’t mean anything to you, they will once you click the link below.

Enjoy.

https://blinddateart.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/june-11th-2014/

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Ashley Brossart : September 6th, 2016

Map by Ashley Brossard

Map by Ashley Brossart

Howdy listeners.

The other day I was thinking about how childhood memories, when looking back in retrospect, can be far more significant and formative than you once thought. For Ashley Brossart, one of those memories could be the mural her mother painted in her childhood home’s basement. It contained popular characters borrowed from television and coloring books—Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, stuff that made up so many 90’s kid’s lives. The influence of this collage style from her mother’s mural can be seen throughout Ashley’s work.

Louisville Map by Ashley Brossart

Louisville Map by Ashley Brossart

Ashley is my guest today. We chatted a little about her work last week in her studio. She is definitely a very hands on artist, and one that has a grasp on many styles & mediums. Her work is a natural consequence of all her experimentation, creating blended works full of movement. Ashley prefers large scale but she also has ongoing, kind of ‘creative geocaching’ projects, called Art Drops. With the Art Drop series ‘Places & Spaces Tucked Away‘, the found pieces recreate a map of sorts.

Ashley’s work tends to focus on how cities are always changing, and how we interact within them. With many of her pieces, she wants to give you the experience of exploring these urban locations. As an advocate of public art, Ashley is also a professional mural artist.

You can more of her work at ashleybrossart.com.

You can listen in to our chat using the player below, or subscribe to Blind Date on iTunes.

StudioWorks, Donna Sherley : March 2nd, 2016

 "Get Together and do Artwork and Instrumental" by Donna Sherley

“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.

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.

You can hear our short chat below.

Enjoy!

StudioWorks, Julie Baldyga: January 6th, 2016

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.

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

To learn more about Julie, you can check out these links:

StudioWorks Facebook page

‘The Expressive Art Of Julie Baldyga’

Julie guest appearance on LVA’s radio show PUBLIC, from their archive

Zoomgroup.org

Of course, once you’re done with all that, listen to our chat below.

Enjoy.

 

StudioWorks, Eric Huggins : December 2nd, 2015

Eric showing me some of his celebrity portraits.

Eric showing me some of his celebrity portraits.

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…

You can learn more about Eric and the rest of the StudioWorks crew at Zoomgroup.org or the StudioWorks’ Facebook page.

Check out our chat below.

Enjoy…

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.

Mixdown Monday : October 7th, 2015

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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.

To get involved or just learn a bit more about all the stuff Jared & SCZ are up to, visit the Facebook page or rhythmsciencesound.com.

As always, just use the handy player below to hear our discussion or find Blind Date on iTunes and subscribe.

 

P.S, here is a short list of links for some of the musicians that frequent Mixdown Monday:

Christella Philippe

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Jean Philippe