Arts Facilitation is My Livelihood

Lisa’s Story:

My parents were teachers, and our home was always filled with music. My mom has a master’s degree in music, my father’s bands always practiced in our house, my brother is a musician, my aunt and uncle were musicians, and my cousin played with Yo-Yo Ma.

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Painting Is My Livelihood

Summer Day at M’s

Katrina’s Story:

One of the first questions people ask me when they find out I’m an artist is “How long have you been painting?” It always makes me try to count backwards and figure out how long has it been, really? I usually say about 30 years but thinking back it was even earlier. Continue Reading…

Painting, Curating and Educating are my Livelihoods

Inheritance, acrylic on panel, 40″ x 30″, 2016

Jordan’s Story:

I wasn’t particularly good at drawing and painting through childhood, though I loved the activity, as many children do.  My energies were focused elsewhere, mostly singing in the choir, making mixed tapes and reading romance and mystery novels.  In high school all of that changed- I took a painting class and the messy world of representation and imagery opened up to me.  I’ve been engaged with it ever since. Continue Reading…

Being An Artist Is My Livelihood

Cobalt Skies, 16×20, pastel, 2014

Jennifer’s Story

I am often asked at what point during my life did I decide I was an artist.  In spite of the poor grammar, I usually respond with a quote from Will Rogers…”An artist is the only thing a man can say he is and nobody can prove he ain’t.” Continue Reading…

Translating Beauty Is My Livelihood

Over and Under, acrylic, paper and graphite on wood, 24”x 24” x 1.5”

 

Michelle’s Story

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where art has been important part of my life from an early age. When I was a young child, my Mom saw my need for creative expression through art. She took me too many local art exhibits, galleries and festivals. I was introduced to working artists and took private lessons from a few. I fell in love with the act of creating and the immersive lifestyle that artists seem to live. From that point on, I realized that I was a painter. Continue Reading…

Light, Transparency, Color & Paper Is My Livelihood

The Ancient Ones

Cody’s Story

These words best describe my mixed media collage artwork. A majority of the pieces I have been working on for this art show look different depending on the light. If a light is shown through the paintings it changes the image and new images or colors appear. The rest of the pieces have transparent qualities that show multiple layers.  Continue Reading…

Looking is my Livelihood

Feature Image: Daisy Bullseye , 2013, pastel , 34×34

 

Burble, 2012, pastel, 42x40

Burble, 2012, pastel, 42×40

Kristin’s Story

I was raised by parents who were scientists and seekers, and who quietly encouraged me to recognize the expansiveness of everyday life. For our family, the joy was in the discovery rather than the containment. Continue Reading…