23rd Feb 2013

Poet Zubair Ahmed, the Outsider’s Insider

"I believe feeling like an outsider is very easy these days. The ability to travel, even on a whim, to anywhere on our planet, combined with the new cyber existence that’s now integral to our lives means that it is simple to leave home, in more ways than one, and experience the outsider’s perspective. I think being an outsider is very fun; it allows us to look inside new places and discover what makes each of us tick." ~Zubair Ahmed, poet

22nd Feb 2013

Seeing the Extraordinary In the Ordinary: Khalil Chishtee’s plastic bag sculptures

"It goes back to the Sufi approach of my upbringing where worth does not depend on what you inherit, it depends on who you are." ~Khalil Chishtee, artist

16th Feb 2013

Does Art Make Kids More Socially Intelligent? Interview with Artist-in-Residence, Kaaren Pixton

We understand that kids thrive when given opportunities to develop and express themselves creatively. But art education as a means to increase social intelligence? To address interpersonal problems? Art as a way to reduce bullying, teasing, cliquey behaviors and jealousies?

13th Feb 2013

Jason Bard Yarmosky’s Hyper Realistic Oil Paintings Challenge Notions of Aging Gracefully

By playfully depicting the elderly in humorous, even mischievous scenarios, Jason Bard Yarmosky's hyper realistic paintings challenge ideas of aging gracefully.

10th Feb 2013
Betsy Bensen Earrings

Betsy Bensen and the Alchemy of Making Jewelry

There is a definite partnership here. A dance with these miniature landscapes which engages the eyes, imagination, heart and hands of the artist.

03rd Feb 2013
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The Kinetic Photographs of Russia’s Leo Bugaev

"This is like a kaleidoscope creating different images," says the artist of his work. "Like sounds flowing through the four windows, creating a stereo panorama, full of excitement and anxiety." ~Leo Bugaev, photographer, Russia

02nd Feb 2013
Maureen Manley

Maureen Manley: It’s not about being better than everyone else. “We are all extraordinary.”

“Feeling sadness for what you’ve lost is necessary and important. But you can get stuck. That loss can become a story that perpetuates itself. There is more to you than that." ~~Silver & bronze medalist, Maureen Manley, talks about what makes us truly special, which no one can take away.

25th Jan 2013

Marlaine Verhelst, porcelain artist, storyteller, The Netherlands

The personalities of Marlaine Verhelst's clay pieces are so delightfully eccentric, one imagines they must have tumbled out from a realm of the fantastic. Or else we have slipped in.

19th Jan 2013

Steve Sapienza: Emmy award-winning news and documentary producer

Armed with only a small video camera that fits inside his backpack, along with a couple of microphones, the award-winning news and documentary producer has journeyed to some of the most remote and hostile parts of the world, in search of those stories which mainstream media does not cover, and which governments--both theirs and ours--hope the rest of us won't ever hear about. Or have forgotten.

18th Jan 2013

PICKWICK: Seattle’s soul-infused indie pop band has a way with words

There's something about an outsider who passes through your town and after just a few minutes performing on stage, claims that city as his own. Now give him an edgy Seattle vibe and a flair for smart lyrics, and you've got Galen Disston, lead vocals for the soul-infused, indie pop band, PICKWICK.

12th Jan 2013

Dante Horoiwa, Contemporary Painter

"After a mural is finished, people will begin to picnic in front of the painting. It is almost impossible not to look at it if you are passing by. Whereas in an indoor space, you only enter if you intend to. There is less opportunity for encountering the artwork." ~Dante Horoiwa

15th Dec 2012

Rose Freymuth-Frazier, neo-realism painter, New York City

"My paintings are allegorical, but I expect each viewer will bring their own interpretation to a piece. The question one asks depends on the individual interpretation. If it’s a superficial read of literal abuse or abasement, then that is the subject being addressed within the viewer. If there is a more complex interpretation stemming from one’s life experiences, then the piece becomes personal, and asks questions the viewer is interested in answering."