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!

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017: Karen is a Planner

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

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Karen Grunberg goes by karenika online and lives in Menlo Park, California with her wonderful husband and two amazing boys.

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She works with computers during the day and plays with paint at night. You can find out much more about her and her adventures at http://www.karenika.com.

This year she has three major art projects she’s working on:

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The page above is from her project focused on learning lettering and picking intentions weekly around her OLW (one little word) which is listen (more here-> http://www.karenika.com/archives/30019).

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The spread above is from a project called “this i know,” which is about learning doodling and doing journaling.

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These are pages from a third project for this year called “remember this,” which is about doing mixed media, honoring her word and writing down things that she needs to remember for herself.

On the podcast we discuss Karen’s career path, her amazing ability to juggle a ton of projects, her creative drive, and some of her many creative projects.  We also discuss finding your personal style, a topic on which Karen did a guest post for this blog — find it here.

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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015: Jen Cushman Jewelry Artist

After a brief hiatus, I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking to mixed media jewelry artist, Jen Cushman.

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Jen is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 13 years ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. She is the author of two jewelry books:

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Explore Create Resinate, and she writes a business advice column called “Art Chooses You” for Belle Armoire Jewelry, as well as a new how-to jewelry column called “The Mixed Media Metalsmith” for Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. Jen is Vice President and Partner of Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC/ICE Resin. To learn more about ICE Resin, visit the company’s website.
Here is a peek at some of Jen’s artwork:
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She also has a DVD…
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…called Breaking Out of the Mold.  It’s also available as a download here.
You can read more about Jen and Ice Resin on her blog: jencushman.wordpress.com or her website: jencushman.com.  Be sure to folow her on instagram.  If you’re interested in purchasing Ice Resin, you can buy it here.

On the podcast we discuss Jen’s career path, finding balance in your work and home life, what the difference is between an artist and a designer, life long learning, 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!

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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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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