Author: Brooke

I am the author of Reptiles on Caffeine and the host of the podcast Let's Talk Art With Brooke.

Sheena Smith: Jungle Girl Designs

Episode 105:  Today I talk with Sheena Smith of Jungle Girl Designs. A line of clothing and merchandise with her original art on it. The line was inspired by her son. She wanted to find a way to explain tough concepts like evolution, global warming, and nutrition to him. She figured the best way was through art. We talk about her brand, her love of teaching and learning.

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Weekly Roundup 2/10-2/21

On Episode 104, I spoke with Kevin Wallace of the Beatrice Wood Foundation about his new book, Intersection: Art & Life. Check it out…

On Episode 103, I talked to Carol Minor, the fantastic sculptor. She was really fun to talk to.

My friend, Mike brings an art book on Abstract Expressionism to trivia every Wednesday night for me to look at. This week he brought one on Jawlensky.

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Jawlensky is a Russian Abstract Expressionist, whose style evolved through the years…

but what he was doing in 1911 really reminds me of what my friend Lulu Schwall does with her Paper Dolls for your Walls series….

What I’m Reading:

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Recently heartbroken, the author finds solace in a new city. Not knowing anyone she takes company with the lives of renowned lonely artists and notable figures. She studies loneliness with the singer Klaus Nomi; entrepreneur, Josh Harris; Warhol shooter, Valerie Solanas, and the installation artist, Zoe Leonard in this part memoir, part analysis.

Went to Goodyear Arts to see A Collective Introspective .

Some highlights include…

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Intersection: Art & Life: Kevin Wallace

Episode 104: Today Kevin Wallace returns to the podcast. He is the director of Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California. When I found out he had another book out, of course I wanted to talk about it. He is here to talk about & promote his new book, Intersection: Art & Life.

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Episode 103: Today I talk to Carol Minor. She is awesome in so many ways! She is such a talented [self-taught] sculptor, she is deaf and she doesn’t let anything stand in her way. She is just a delightful and inspiring person that I am very happy to have met. She is represented by Coffey and Thompson in Charlotte, NC

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2 foot high patinaed and fired clay ‘Dreaming’
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Bust of Garrison Keillor Life size wax
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Cocker Spaniels each $500.00 – 4″ long –  #12 & #13 available now

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Weekly Round-up 2/3-2/9

 

This has been a great couple of weeks!

I met Patricia Boyer in person, after finding her on Facebook. I stalked her artwork for a couple of days, then reached out. We did our interview at the Coffey and Thompson gallery.

It was the first time I had been there, even though i’ve passed by them for years.

When I got home from our interview, I got a text from another artist,  Carol Ann Minor’s daughter. She thought her mother would get a kick out of being interviewed. So I met with her at Coffey and Thompson,  

Carol is a very talented sculptor who has an inspiring story. She is deaf and basically a self-taught sculptor. [She wanted some figurines, so she made them herself out of soap!] Since then, she’s been coached and mentored by professionals who have helped her develop her natural talent. She uses other materials like bronze and clay. Stay tuned for the podcast…

It was great to see Sarah Ness again. She’s starting a new business, Arts in Health Institute, where she uses her skills to train other health professionals to incorporate the arts in their therapies.

Didn’t make it to any galleries this week, but I always enjoy the art at Legion Brewing, Plaza-Midwood at Tuesday night trivia. Art is curated there by Megan Lynch, who I haven’t actually met yet, but have read about & am super-impressed by.

Patricia Boyer

Episode 102: Today I talk to Charlotte artist, Patricia Boyer, onsite at the Coffey & Thompson Gallery. I found Patricia on Facebook…and so glad I did! She’s truly inspirational!

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Transparency: Elder Gallery

Episode 101: Today I talk to Sonya Pfeiffer of the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC. We talk about the Transparency exhibition which features the work of North Carolina-based glass artists David Patchen, Alex Bernstein, Brent Skidmore, Mark Leputa, Linda Luise Brown and Chris Watts. It goes from January 11 until March 19, 2009.

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Elizabeth Sproul Ross – Whirling Jennies,  Duratran light box

Patchen Piscine

David Patchen – Brilliant Blue Piscine, murine, blown glass

Alex Bernstein, Amber Sprout

Alex Berstein – Amber Sprout, cast and cut glass, fused steel

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Ursula Barton & Jailbreak Collective

Episode 101: Today I talk to Ursula Barton about her Jailbreak Studios & Collective, which is an all female group. I first heard about Ursula on Chris Guillibeau’s Side Hustle School podcast, where she talked about her signature Cityscapes; the art she created based upon her hometown, Portland’s skyline. I loved the story so much, I knew I had to get her on my podcast, so through the power of the internet, I reached out & connected!

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David French Originals

 

Episode 100: Today I talk to David French, of David French Originals. David is a local celebrity around Charlotte, building an industry of precise, almost super-realist paintings of Charlotte landmarks. I had the opportunity to go to his studio for an “on-site chat” in what we call the “NoDa” neighborhood [North Davidson].  [I say it’s episode 101, but it’s actually my 100th episode!]

 

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Good-bye Athens 1964-2006 8 oil on wood 36″x 80″ 2006 original                                              in the private collection of Bragg Investments NC-17″ signed prints available 

penguin-nights-2007PENGUIN NIGHTS 2007 Oil on canvas 12″x36″ original in private collection. 17inch print available  

1-1-1-cabo-web3Cabo-Fish Taco 2013, acrylic and oil on wood, 48″x24″ prints available, 17″ signed prints available 

neighborhood-theater-2009THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATER 2008″ NoDa Oil on canvas 8″x24″ Original in private collection Charlotte NC :17″ signed prints available 

andersonsGoodbye Andersons 1946-2006 oil on wood 18″x80″ original in private collection of Bragg Investments, CHARLOTTE, NC–17″ SIGNED AND NUMBERED PRINTS AVAILABLE

st-marysSpring at St Mary’s 2008 original in the private collection of Bragg Investments NC Apr 08 36″x80″ oil on wood – 17 inch signed prints available .

 

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