014: Katerina Lanfranco

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to mixed media fine artist, Katerina Lanfranco.

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Katerina is a New York City-based visual artist making paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media installations.  She explores the themes of nature and fantasy. Her artwork references cultural modes of representing nature to engage in a dialogue between nature and culture, through the medium of visual art.

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“I make art as a way to think about and understand the world that I live in. Questions that I frequently ask are: How do I make the invisible visible? At what point, does fantasy become reality? And how do we construct our concept of nature?”

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“Collecting, organizing and fragmenting images and objects from encounters with nature and everyday life are combined with my own vocabulary of visual elements forming the fundamental activity of my art practice. The three main conceptual strains that I explore are: metaphors of nature in relation to culture, cultural forms of framing and displaying nature, and how our concept of nature informs our construction of identity. Through my work, I reference cultural modes of representing nature such as botanical illustrations, flora fabric patterns, curiosity cabinets, scientific field notes, as well as natural history styled dioramas and panoramas.”

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She studied art at the University of California,Santa Cruz where she received her Bachelor of Art (B.A.) with honors in Visual Art and in an independent major entitled “Visual Theory and Museum Studies,” and did a semester at the Sierra Institute studying Nature Philosophies and Religions while camping in the California wilderness. She received her Master of Fine Art (M.F.A) with honors at Hunter College in Studio Art, with an emphasis in painting.

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Her work is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in
NYC, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art,
the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin,
Germany, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

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You can read more about Katerina on her website, her blog, her wikipedia page, and her solo exhibit opens at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC on Thursday and runs through August 2, 2013.  I know that I’m planning to check it out.  I hope you are too!

On the podcast we discuss Katerina’s career path, her upcoming exhibit, her life in Germany, what it’s like to be an artist in New York City, and so much more!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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013: Arts in Worship

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!

Today we’re talking with Kimberly VerSteeg:

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Kimberly is a professional actress who currently works as an Event Planner.  She and I have worked together on many plays over the years and become good friends over that time.

On the podcast we discuss the idea of “arts in worship.”  At Kimberly’s church (Fort Washington Collegiate Church) they pair art (visual arts, dance, singing, theatre, film, etc.) with every sermon.  Here’s a video that shares a portion of their recent Easter service:

In the podcast we also discuss how the notion of “theatre, therapy, theology” and how art and God and self-reflection and story telling are all intertwined.

What are your thoughts on the topic?

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012: Going to Museums

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re switching things up a bit.  Instead of having a guest, Mom and I are chatting about museums.  We discuss visiting museums with children, what is a museum, favorite museum experiences, and even wander into some questions of the value of certain art.

I wanted to share a resource guide in this post to some of the museums and artwork we discuss on the podcast.

Mass MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, MA

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MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in NYC

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Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in NYC

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DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA

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Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway

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Jew in the Box exhibit at the Berlin Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany


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Berlin Wall East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany

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You can read about my visit here.

Madeleine Albright “Read My Pins” exhibit at MAD Museum (Museum of Art and Design) in New York City

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I’d love to know what you think of this episode.  Did you enjoy the conversation?  Are there any particular guests you’d love to hear from?  Or topics you’d like to explore?  Let us know!

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011: A Conversation with May Flaum

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!

Today’s guest is May Flaum.

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When it comes to crafting May Flaum has one rule: it’s gotta make her happy. She’s not afraid to get super grungy or work with bright colors, dabble in lace and doilies then make something more splattered and wild. If she’s not in her studio (aka ‘the bat cave’) then she’s probably out running around having fun with her family or cooking up a storm.  May has been working in the scrapbooking industry for a decade and currently blogs [www.mayflaum.com] her crafty adventures, teaches on-line classes, and works with amazing companies sharing her projects and ideas. If she has one piece of advice to share, it’s always to be true to your creative heart.

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You can find May’s most recent e-book, “Fashionably Fast” here.

On today’s podcast we discuss May’s long and very interesting career in the scrapbook industry.  The theme of being true to yourself — both creatively and in your career path — is strong throughout this episode.  I found it to be a very inspiring conversation and I hope you will too! (And here is the link to May’s creative journey, as promised on the podcast.)

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010: Growing Together

Today’s guests are husband and wife team Noell & Izzy Hyman.

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Noell hosts and co-owns Paperclipping.com – a scrapbooking website of video tutorials, a popular audio talk show, and scrapbooking articles. She’s been documenting her life through journaling since she was about 7 years old, as well as through photos and scrapbooking since she was around 10. Noell discovered the scrapbooking industry while it was still in its infancy in 1996 and began scrapbooking with industry products at that time.
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Her background with modern dance influenced the way she scrapbooks: she loves communicating her stories, not only through photos and journaling, but also through visual design…in other words, she’s all about using colors, patterns, lines, and other design elements to tell the story. Using design as a visual language to tell a story through scrapbooking is one of her favorite topics to study and share with others through Paperclipping.

“You know how some things get into your heart and soul?

Design got into mine.

I don’t just teach the basics, but I really love to dig deep into design theory so it can be applied a million ways with a million styles and empower scrapbookers to tell their stories, not just with words but also through the visual designs of their pages.”

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In 2008 Izzy walked away from his full-time career in the corporate world to run two website businesses from home: he owns and hosts IzzyVideo.com where he teaches how to shoot and edit video through his online video tutorials. He also co-owns and produces Paperclipping.com – his wife’s scrapbooking website. Izzy works with local films in the Phoenix area. In March 2013 he will debut the first film he produced himself.
“I’m Israel Hyman (Everyone calls me Izzy), and I’m obsessed with video. To me it’s an incredible art form.

It has the visuals of photography, but when you add audio and physical movement, it takes the art form to a whole new level.

While video seems complex at first, it isn’t. I have devoted the last several years to showing others how easy video is. It’s not the ‘black art’ that people sometimes pretend it is. Developing skills with video is as easy as learning the principles and then practicing them.”

On today’s podcast we discuss how Paperclipping.com came about, how Noell & Izzy make working together work for them, Noell’s ballet classes, Izzy’s singing classes, and taking a non-traditional career path.  I hope you’ll listen in to our conversation and leave us your thoughts!

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