My chat with Pop Artist, Martin Kreloff

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Episode 201: Today I talk with artist, and teacher, Martin Kreloff. He is classically trained, but he found his niche in Pop Art. He’s been doing it for over 40 years, and can be credited with bringing Pop Art to Miami. He has painted many stars, including several 20th century ones like Cary Grant, Estelle Getty, Joan Crawford and Esther Williams [who have his pieces included in their collections]

I was particularly excited to see this one of Esther Williams, whose film Dangerous When Wet, I saw at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. [I called it Slippery When Wet in the interview…oops].

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My chat with super-realist artist, Loren Valle

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Episode 200: Today I talk to super-realist artist Loren Valle, who I met through Matt Elzweig. She’s fabulous. She is a nurse by day and an artist by night [sometimes vice versa]. She is the first artist to give me a description I can understand of how to actually do art that looks super real.

Silver fish. Oil, Traditional Art. 12” x 16” Cotton canvas panels. Created 2020

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Dr. Jordana Pomeroy: Bob Dylan Retrospectrum, Frost Art Museum

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Episode 199: Today I talk to Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum about the groundbreaking Bob Dylan Retrospectrum, which features over 180 pieces of Bob Dylan’s art: his paintings, drawings and ironwork sculptures. It’s a touring exhibition which started in Shanghai.

One too many
Sunset, Monument Valley

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Thank you so much to Patricia Boyer for her generous patronage.

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Matt Elzweig, My Lockdown Sketchbook

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Episode 198: Today I chat with NYC artist, Matt Elzweig [who I heard on Chris Guillibeau’s Side Hustle School] about his My Lockdown Sketchbook project. [He spent his lockdown sketching NYC sights and things around him]. I always love hearing about cool things people do with their unexpected free time that the pandemic brought them. This is a great story.

#art, #artchat, #artlife, #artpodcast, #inspiration, #interview, #mylockdownsketchbook, #mattelzweigart. #nycartist

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Another chat with Charlotte artist Patricia Boyer

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Episode 197: Today I catch up with my friend, Patricia Boyer. She’s a Charlotte based Abstract Expressionist who has always been doing great things [that I have had the distinct privilege to be a part of]. Since Covid, she’s found a lot of new and different ways to exhibit and sell her art.

Nothing but Love

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Charlotte Artist, Randy Skidmore

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Episode 196: Today I talk to Charlotte artist, Randy Skidmore about his adventures in Europe and in Charlotte. We talk about how to make a living as an artist, as well as his many careers; artist, chef, amateur ballet dancer, to name a few.

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Barbara Isherwood, Art Writer, Teacher

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Episode 195: Today I talk to art writer and educator, Barbara Isherwood. I found her website online and fell in love with it. It is such a resource for art history! She teaches at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Check out her Vimeo channel where she interviews Canadian artists.

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Cover photo: Barbara with Suzy Lake on ArtSync TV, 2011

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Carmella Jarvi, New Projects with Water-inspired Glass

Episode 194: It’s been way too long since I spoke with Charlotte Glass Artist, Carmella Jarvi. I get to catch up on all of her new projects…. Some exciting commissions. A local hospital and a private residence, among others. Some CoVid projects, and just catching up in general. Always a great chat.

She gives some insight into the life of an full time artist [married to another full time artist] and some practical entrepreneurial tips, as well.

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This image is an installation shot of summer “water glass” commission for private residence on Lake Norman, NC. 
Fun to note, Lake Norman is where Carmella grew up… from her birth, enjoying the water with her family at her grandparent’s lake house.


For this commission, she worked with husband and wife. First, seeing their space, the wall, and their diverse art collection/style. She brought a few available water glass rounds that would create the foundation for new work. They agreed on adding more contrast through opaque layering of focal points/colors. One of the cool things about this piece is (like all Carmella’s glass installations) it looks completely different throughout the day… as the light changes/moves and the water is literally reflected on this wall/piece as the sun sets.


The “water glass” rounds were installed off-set (Her signature look using Hang Your Glass hardware) on a warm textured wallpaper.

The featured photo:

This is a studio shot from Carmella’s Atrium Health Union West wall-mounted glass commission through Skyline Art.
She uses Bullseye Glass (need to use the same kind of glass for longevity of work), and her four kilns (with cold working in between) to create these custom water glass rounds. 


Atrium Health Union West is a different kind of hospital, focused on hope and healing. Their commitment to this is reflected in commissioning local/regional artists to create custom artwork that will energize the spaces and offer moments of reflection for the patients, their families, and hospital team mates.


This commission is for the admitting area for Emergency Dept. The “water glass” rounds will be installed off-set (Carmella’s signature look using Hang Your Glass hardware) on a gorgeous teal blue-green wall.


See more of Carmella’s process on her Instagram.

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The Absence: Fleming Museum of Art

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Episode 193: Today I talk to Andrea Rosen from the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont. We talk about their current exhibition The Absence. In an age of Black Lives Matter, The Fleming has deemed some of the art in their collection offensive to members of their community, and are in the process of removing it. Andrea and I talk about that process as well as the potential ramifications of such removal.

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MyLoan Dinh, Constellation CLT

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Episode 192: Today I talk with MyLoan Dinh about her recent Constellation CLT feature at the Mint Museum. We talk about her history as an immigrant and a woman of color and how they intertwine to create her present collection of art. You can check out more of her work at the Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Collective History
Boom Boom Butterfly

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