Category Archives: art

Artists I Respect: LiShinault

Shot of a LiShinault bridal portrait (in process)

A week or so back, an artist I have respected for the past few years, LiShinault, shared (on her Facebook page)  a work-in-progress photo of a wedding portrait she recently painted. Since I love seeing how a project comes together through its various stages, I relish getting to see photos like this one. As a result, I received permission from LiShinault to share the photo here, as well as some of the Decatur, Georgia-based artist’s other works. In addition to commission work, as noted in her bio she “primarily paints small to large-scale works across a variety of media that include mostly feminine figures and animals”.

One of these days hopefully I will be able to run an interview here with her. In the meantime, enjoy her work speaking for her.

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Brendan O’Connell on The Colbert Report

I am sure someone I have interviewed in the past has appeared on The Colbert Report, but this is the first time to my knowledge I interviewed someone before they appeared on the show.

Also, according to the Kickstarter website, O’Connell is slated to appear in an upcoming People magazine, and an episode of CBS Sunday Morning.

Everyartist Kickstarter Has Launched

As promised, here is the direct link to Everyartist’s Kickstarter, which has launched.

Before you donate to the Kickstarter, you will likely ask–where is my money going to be utilized? Here’s the plan:

“In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country – the largest art event in history.

We’re raising money to launch and facilitate this national collaborative art event. Included in this is building a downloadable kit that will make it easy for parents and teachers to register and become local event coordinators. The kit includes instructions for staging an event, group lesson plans with the rudimentary elements of drawing designed by a professional art educator adaptable to every age group, stickers and other incentives for the participating children, and a press release that can be shared with local media.

We can bootstrap this event for $30,000, but the more money we raise, the greater our impact will be and the more kids we can reach. We need your support!”

Brendan O’Connell on His Art & His New Project, Everyartist

This interview has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to interview professional artist Brendan O’Connell for years. O’Connell and I went to high school together–and thanks to social media, we got back in touch with each other back around 2007 or so. I have covered him here a few times at the blog. While most of this interview is focused on O’Connell’s work, O’Connell and I finally got together to talk because of his latest educational and artistic endeavor, Everyartist. O’Connell is one of the founding partners of Everyartist.

“In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country – the largest art event in history. Our platform of events, digital content/tools and retail products empowers ArtTeachers, ArtMoms and ArtAngels to spark and sustain the creativity inside every ArtKid.”

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Brendan O’Connell Featured In This Week’s New Yorker

New Yorker
New Yorker

Tomorrow I will run an interview with arts education advocate/painter/former high school classmate of mine Brendan O’Connell.

But, I am happy to say that this week’s edition of The New Yorker features a profile on O’Connell, detailing his creative relationship with Walmart–and the stores’ impact on his career.

Be advised you need to subscribe to the magazine to read the full version.

1982 Atlanta: T.V. Dinner

So Atlanta history never fails to surprise me. I remember hearing about the Agora Ballroom, the Stein Club was actually still in existence when I started going to bars, I think I set foot in the Cotton Club at least once. But back in 1982, I was either graduating from grade school or starting high school (depending on what part of the year it was). So I knew nothing about T.V. Dinner, a little club [located at 1028 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta], founded by Finnean Jones and Rosa Phillips (as noted by this 1982 GSU Signal article by Glen Thrasher at a Facebook  T.V. Dinner fan page) in 1982.

What recently garnered my interest about this seemingly obscure club of the early 1980s? Well I stumbled across a YouTube video of Allen Ginsberg appearing at the club. I am hoping to find out more about the club in the coming weeks (looking at the folks on the fan page, it appears that many of the folks are friends with many of my Atlanta art scene fans–so I am hoping to mine their collective knowledge). But for today, I offer the video (plus a link to the second part). Enjoy.

What really surprises me about my ignorance of this club? Less than 10 years later in the early 1990s, my then girlfriend and I rented an apartment less than a mile from the club’s former location.

Dean Haspiel Shares His Parents

James Haspiel (From CulturePOP)

Dean Haspiel is a great writer and artist. I have thought that for years. But the foundation of this great storytelling partially lies his mother and father, as revealed back in January via interviews and articles recently posted at Trip City.

First up, Barbara Haspiel, in her own words.

Then, photojournalist Seth Kushner documented James Haspiel in an installment of CulturePOP.

Finally, Dean interviewed his father in this TripCity podcast.


Sara Hickman on The Best of Times

Article first published as Musician Sara Hickman on The Best of Times on Technorati.

The Best of Times

During 2010, in the wake of the Texas Legislature’s budgetary cuts for arts funding, Sara Hickman, the Texas State Musician of the Year, decided to use her position to raise funds and awareness for the importance of arts education (and the funding of it) for children. More exactly, she spearheaded a collaborative effort–with a variety of Texas artists including Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Rhett Miller, Robert Earl Keen as well as many more–to record a collection of Hickman’s own songs. The project, The Best of Times, was recently released as a two-CD, 38-cut collection by Waterloo Records. All proceeds from the sale of the CD set go directly to the Theatre Action Project, a non-profit that supports unique arts programs for more than 16,000 young people. To fully grasp the drive behind her charitable efforts, I recently email interviewed Hickman.

How did you go about getting all of the many fellow talented people who contributed their musical talents to Best of Times?

I knew I had, at least, a year to start lining up musicians to record for The Best of Times because Willie Nelson, who also recorded for the album, was the State Musician before my position took place. So, I immediately made a “wish list” and began calling/emailing/asking in person. I kept a giant chart on the wall with the names of artists/bands I had contacted, the titles of songs I had sent, if they had responded, if they were in the studio, if they had finished recording, if I had the recording.

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