026: Carl is Addicted to Creativity

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Carl Johengen: Singer, Composer, Conductor, Voice Teacher, Collage/Mixed Media Artist, Crocheter.

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While his professional focus has always been music, Carl Johengen is addicted to creativity.

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Throughout his 27-year career as a classical musician, he’s always managed to find time for making things or for teaching others how to channel their creative energies. Even within the field of music, his diverse skills have found outlet in a wide variety of venues: singing opera and all sorts of classical music; playing piano, organ, accordion, penny whistle…; leading choirs of all sorts; teaching people of all ages how to improve their singing; composing music for choirs and churches.

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Carl developed a love of making things as a child, but serious pursuit of visual art had to take a back seat to his musical education early on. Finally after finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, Carl found himself with enough free time to go in search of hobbies to balance his life.

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At various times he’s thrown himself into working with, teaching, and writing about polymer clay, crocheting, and several forms of paper arts. His current passions are acrylic monoprinting and mixed media collage.

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Carl has performed as a tenor soloist with symphony orchestras and opera companies, appearing in venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He currently teaches voice and foreign language diction at the Ithaca College School of Music.

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Carl is in demand as a choral conductor, and serves as music director the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble of Ithaca NY, the Wells College Concert Choir, and the Women’s Chorale @171 Cedar in Corning NY. His choral compositions have been sung around the country and in music festivals across the globe, and are published by six prestigious firms.

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Carl lives in Bath, NY with his husband Brad, an Episcopal priest, and their two beautiful chows, Autumn and Taggart. An adoptee, Carl was able to locate members of his biological family three years ago, and discovered his Scottish and Irish roots.

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He enjoys attending Scottish Games and festivals, crosswords and other puzzles and games, podcasts, crocheting, and travel.

Johengenabstract1On the podcast we discuss Carl’s path to a musical career, nature vs. nuture, making art, your art space taking over your living space, and Carl even sings for us!

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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025: The Glamping Life

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Cheryl Boglioli.

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Cheryl Boglioli is a mixed-media artist and Florida native with a passion for teaching and sharing her artwork and design projects.

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Cheryl is on the leading edge of new products and techniques within the various disciplines of the ever growing market of mixed media. As a full-time Designer and Educator, you can find Cheryl traveling and teaching workshops at independent stores and events nationwide and Living the Art Life™.
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She is currently renovating a vintage 1970 Fleetwood Terry trailer to become her mobile art studio.  Cheryl will be traveling and teaching again in Spring of 2015 on her Living the Art Life™ tour.
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Her travels will be taking her from Florida to Maine and back, teaching at local scrapbook stores, art studios, and art supply stores along the way. Cheryl has a number of sponsors supporting this tour and who will be following the travels along with her fans.  She still has spots open and will be teaching a variety of mixed media classes.  To book your spot today or for more information on sponsoring Spring 2015 Living the Art Life™ tour or Fall 2015 (midwest), email Cheryl at cheryl@cherylboglioli.com.
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Cheryl also teaches classes in her studio where you can find her artwork and design projects for sale in Downtown Fort Pierce, Florida – Orange Ave Studios, Studio 310.
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You can also find her work and travels at cherylboglioli.com
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On the podcast we discuss YouTube, renovating Cheryl’s “Glamper,” becoming Bob Ross Certified, the CHA Designer section, balancing making art and running a business, having a studio outside your home, being star struck, 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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023: Bilingual Sewing

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Vanessa Vargas Wilson.

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Best known as the Crafty Gemini, she is a former law professor who chose to pursue a YouTube career instead.
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(Visit THIS LINK to watch a short stop animation film about how Vanessa got her YouTube start.)
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She posts instructional videos, teaching viewers how to do everything from sewing and quilting to organic gardening and canning.
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She quit her job as a college law professor to pursue her Crafty Gemini business full-time. HERE is an interview she did that tells more about here business.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Anthropology and Juris Doctor.
She was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Miami, Florida with her mother and three sisters. Fluent in English and Spanish. Family is from the Dominican Republic.  Currently lives outside of Gainesville, Florida with her husband, two kids, and a bunch of farm animals on a 5-acre organic homestead.
She attended the University of Florida where she earned two degrees: BA in Anthropology in 2004 and with a JD in 2008.
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Find Vanessa online:
  • My YouTube channel for 250+ tutorials on a ton of different things including sewing, quilting, crochet, cooking, gardening, canning, etc.
  • My online classes and PDF patterns website.

On the podcast we discuss homesteading, homeschooling, the business of art, standing up for yourself and demanding a fair price, YouTube, and Vanessa’ very interesting career path.

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

Find the show on iTunes here.

020: She’s Crafty

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Jennifer Priest.

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It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9-years-old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her.
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These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry…
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…with a little dabbling in the mixed media world.
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Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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Find Jennifer online:

On the podcast we discuss design teams, brands, social media, the military (Jennifer is a veteran), making videos, getting the whole family involved in your business, soft boxes, and creating boundaries.  As always, it’s a good time with lots of laughter and thought-provoking conversation!

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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019: Stencil Girl

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to Mary Beth Shaw.

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Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor.

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Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl, both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine.

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In 2010, Mary Beth had some of her hand-cut stencils designs manufactured and before she knew it StencilGirl Products was born. Her company has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media.

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Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

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Find Mary Beth online:

On the podcast we discuss fake eyelashes, encaustic, creating abstract art, having a studio outside of your home, and the genesis of Stencil Girl Products.  As always, it’s a good time with lots of laughter and thought-provoking conversation!

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

Find the show on iTunes here.