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Kelly Kessler

artist, self in Nashville

The Hunt for Archetypal Form

PRESENTED ON NOV 06, 2015
IN NASHVILLE @ VOL 17

Speaker Kelly Kessler, discusses her inspirations, process, and overall, how she transforms her mediums into intricate sculptures. As she carves, the clay projects the shape it wants to take, She simply acts as a guide for it to reach its final form.

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Depicting the Circle Hunt

BY CARRIE WALKER
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 28, 2013

Artist Carrie Walker is inspired by historical circle hunts - in which hunters would form a circle around a large portion of land and slowly close in, killing every animal they came across. Carrie found rich imagery in descriptions of these events, and had a desire to depict the now forgotten animals. She embarks on a road trip to recreate scenes which she skillfully translates onto paper. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 6, 2014.

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The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass

BY FRANZ HELLWIG
@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass."

Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, September 21th, 2015. 

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Making a Community of Makers

BY MATTHEW MICHALKA
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

Doing It Yourself (DIY) is fun, but Doing It Together (DIT) is better. Matt Michalka talks about Brazos Valley Makers, a local organization that provides opportunities to learn, make, and grow as a community.

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What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone

BY BILL MCGRATH
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.

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Form Follows Fiction: How Story Drives Design

BY ALI ALSALEH
@ VOL 21 ON AUG 11, 2016

The creation of a bench through story.

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Shooting Film on your Doorstep, and a nod to the Moving Image Makers Collective

BY JASON MOYES
@ VOL 3 ON AUG 31, 2016

Jason talks about some of the art films and experimental films that he has made in the Scottish Borders.

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Industrial Sculpture

BY JOE HENSEL
IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Joe Hensel, horder of industrial artifacts, talks about his recent projects and industrial sculpture. 

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Setouchi - Island-hopping Treasure Hunt

BY MARGOT DOUGLAS
@ VOL 15 ON JUN 15, 2017

Margot Douglas, a practicing artist of 25 years describes herself as a sometime artists, full-time travel aspirant looking for new adventures. As a Designer/maker silversmith, she shares some of her second life as mixed media artist & photographer and her time Island-hopping in Japan's Setouchi Island art world. 

 

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The Cultural Makers of Fresno

BY JACKIE RYLE
@ VOL 35 ON JAN 09, 2019

Jackie Ryle is a Cheerleader for Fresno and the cultural arts happenings in the area!