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The goal of the podcast is to facilitate connections with and to learn from the successes, struggles, life experience, and wisdom of the people featured, most of whom live and create in Austin, Texas. The honest conversational flow of these weekly long form interviews lends itself to some really great insights and information that is available to anyone who wants to listen. Join us to explore the origins, stories, lessons, lives and work of those in our community who are at the forefront of creative expression. The podcast is hosted by photographer, art enthusiast and collector, Scott David Gordon.

Austin Art Talk Scott David Gordon

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The goal of the podcast is to facilitate connections with and to learn from the successes, struggles, life experience, and wisdom of the people featured, most of whom live and create in Austin, Texas. The honest conversational flow of these weekly long form interviews lends itself to some really great insights and information that is available to anyone who wants to listen. Join us to explore the origins, stories, lessons, lives and work of those in our community who are at the forefront of creative expression. The podcast is hosted by photographer, art enthusiast and collector, Scott David Gordon.

    Elizabeth Hendley - Expressive Therapies & Essential Workers

    Elizabeth Hendley - Expressive Therapies & Essential Workers

    Elizabeth Hendley is an art therapist at Dell Children’s Medical Center and a part of what is called the Expressive Therapies team. We spoke back in March of 2018 and went in depth to explore her origin story, how she became a therapist, and some of her experiences working with children that illustrate how powerful art therapy can be. If you have not heard that episode I highly recommend checking it out. It is my second most listened to interview at just over 1300 downloads. In this update we talk about how the pandemic has affected her job at the hospital and she shares some new stories of the types of work she is doing now. Again I am so impressed with her and what she does and I’m so glad to know someone like her is doing what she does.


    Elizabeth facilitating a game together with the music therapist.


    This collaborative self-care staff project is mentioned in the interview.

    Elizabeth mentions donations of art supplies in the interview. Here is the list and contact info if you want to donate anything.


    Josie Day
    Jday@ascension.org
    512-324-0146


    Small/medium canvases (or canvas boards)
    Watercolor paper
    Watercolor brushes
    Acrylic brushes (stiffer)
    Tube watercolors
    Paper plates
    Small plastic cups
    Stamp pads
    Model magic (small pkgs., white or color)
    Scrapbook embellishments (flowers, stickers, gems, washi tape, etc.)

    The banner image consists of on the left a 6”x6” square for a large Covid-19 collaboration facilitated by ArtAustin. Kevin Ivester at Davis Gallery asked Elizabeht and many others to contribute. It’s supposed to be a light blue color palette, to honor healthcare workers. The image on the right is a Covid stamp-carving.

    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


    Intro music generously provided by Stan Killian


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    Austin Art Talk Episode 22: Elizabeth Hendley - The Power of Art TherapyExpressive Therapy | Dell Children'sJet Baker - Day 35 - One Painting Each Day in Quarantine - Special Episode - Elizabeth Hendley, Art Therapist - YouTube

    • 42 min
    Elizabeth McQueen - The Importance of Music & Art, Aggressive Positivity, & Transformational Songs

    Elizabeth McQueen - The Importance of Music & Art, Aggressive Positivity, & Transformational Songs

    "What’s the thing that people turn to when you are in the middle of this confusing and terrifying time, and whats the thing that brings relief? It’s Art. It’s music, it’s seeing films, it’s watching TV shows, it’s looking at visual art. These are the things that can bring us out of all of these feelings that can be really overwhelming, and can bring us into the current moment. Which is really where a lot of peace lies. I think the arts are essential, especially during this time.”

    Elizabeth McQueen is a singer-songwriter and the host of NPR’s This Song podcast. Growing up in a family of visual artists, she eventually found her own creative practice and voice in the pursuit of performing and creating music. For over eight years she was the lead singer for Asleep At The Wheel until she retired in 2014 to focus more on her kids and eventually start her radio career. For the last six years she has had the chance to interview some of the best musicians in the world and hear their stories.


    A few of the subjects we cover in our conversation are the importance of art right now, her aggressive positivity, her sisters artwork, the origins of This Song, and some great lessons she has gleaned from various artists about their own creative practices. We finish with the question she puts to every guest on her show. Can you share a story of a song that has transformed your life? What a powerful and moving answer she gives! I was so happy to finally interview Elizabeth after knowing her for so many years. She is a super talented musician, interviewer, and very positive force in the world.


    Elizabeth playing at a JBG potluck in 2014

    This Song
    From KUT 90.5


    Musician, composer and radio host Elizabeth McQueen wants to hear about transformational songs. In conversations and interviews with fellow musicians and artists, McQueen talks with them about life-changing songs, inspiration, creativity and so much more.




    This is the transformational song Elizabeth shares her story about at the end of the interview, the version sung by Nina Simone. See link below.


    I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)


    My baby never treats me sweet and gentle the way he should;
    I got it bad and that ain't good!


    My poor heart is sentimental not made of wood
    I got it bad and that ain't good!
    But when the weekend's over and monday rolls aroun'
    I end up like i start out just cryin' my heart out
    He don't love me like i love him nobody could
    I got it bad and that ain't good!


    Like alonely weeping willow lost in the wood
    I got it bad and that ain't good!
    And the things i tell my pillow no woman should
    I got it bad and that ain't good!
    Tho folks with good intentions tell me to save my tears
    I'm glad i'm mad about him i can't live without him
    Lord above me make him love me the way he should
    I got it bad and that ain't good!


    The banner image behind the title was taken as a part of Scott's Panorama 365 series, of Elizabeth and her family next to the Four Seasons around 2011.

    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


    Intro music generously provided by Stan Killian


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    Elizabeth McQueenThis Song : NPRCSA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: ELIZABETH MCQUEEN - Johnson's Backyard Gardenartist | Origin and meaning of artist by Online Etymology DictionaryLiving with art | Mark Getlein | download(Elizabeth's Sister) Custom embroideries and cross-stitches by MyFavoriteColors on EtsyAsleep at the Wheel - WikipediaSt. VincentNels ClineJackie Venson – Austin, TX Born & RaisedBeyond + Back PodcastNina Simone - I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - YouTubeI Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) - Wikipedia

    • 52 min
    Suzanne Koett - What is important to us now?

    Suzanne Koett - What is important to us now?

    "Anytime I am stuck in life, I will usually do a project on it. Trying to understand, and just to try and move through it. It really helps me move through something. All of my work is basically things I am trying to figure out and move through in my own life"


    This interview is with Suzanne Koett, who’s ongoing photo project captured on film, PANDEMIC, is a series of portraits of quarantined families and individuals in the places they reside. I could relate to so many of the ways that Suzanne thinks about and lives her life and what impressed me most is her very intentional dedication to self growth through her art creation. Be sure to visit her website, to see all of her various series, and the obvious, and not so obvious path she has been on for the last decade. Please enjoy this conversation with the very talented and thoughtful Suzanne Koett.



    About text courtesy of Suzanne's website


    Suzanne Koett is an artist, contemporary photographer, and art educator from Austin, TX. Her work centers around the human condition and the shared collective experience. Through her art she aims to demystify life experiences and shows what it means to be alive and to bravely exist. Suzanne holds a BFA in Studio Art (concentration photography) from San Francisco State University.




    Metaphysical Libertarianism - from the The Study of Aloneness series.

    LInks to some of the specific subjects we discussed:


    PANDEMIC series on Instagram


    Suzanne's blog post from Jan 2020


    Suzanne's series The Study of Aloneness


    Suzanne's series dedicated to her father after his passing


    What is Reparenting and How to Begin


    Suzanne's series To Record Only Water for Ten Days

    Suzanne's morning affirmations:


    "What great thing is going to happen today?"


    "I am here for you when things go really well. I am here to help celebrate you. And I am here for you if things don't go well"


    Track 6: Remain, Digital collage & Vandyke brown print on archival watercolor paper, 8"x"8, 2019 from the series To Record Only Water for Ten Days


    Image from PANDEMIC series.

    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


    Intro music generously provided by Stan Killian


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    Suzanne Koett websiteSUZANNE KOETT PHOTOGRAPHY on EtsySUZANNE KOETT (@suzannekoett) • InstagramWhat is Reparenting and How to Begin - The Holistic PsychologistJoe Swec Sign Painting (@jswec) • Instagram

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Living an Artful and Authentic Life - John P Weiss

    Living an Artful and Authentic Life - John P Weiss

    “Don’t lose your authenticity. Keep honing your skills to become a better artist. Don’t just copy what someone else is doing, go beyond it. Find what really speaks to you in your soul as an artist and start doing that.”

    After I started reading An Artful Life by John P Weiss, I just knew that I had to try to interview him. The stories are inspirational and have been helpful to me during this time of stress and the unknown. Our conversation was everything I hoped it would be. John's thoughtfulness and life experiences put him in a position to be able to share the kind of perspectives and wisdom that are sorely needed in the world today. Hope you enjoy the interview and be sure to check out his artwork, cartoons, book, and other writings online. All of the artists and books that are mentioned are listed at the end of the show notes along with links to John's work. Enjoy!



    About text courtesty of John's website


    John P. Weiss is a former police chief and editorial cartoonist who retired early to become a full-time artist and writer. John studied landscape painting extensively with American painter Scott L. Christensen.


    Using a limited palette and strong abstract designs in his representational work, John captures quiet scenes of land and nature.


    Wisdom from a 26-year law enforcement career and lifetime of reading informs John's poignant short stories and insightful articles. John writes about life lessons, personal growth, and the creative arts.


    John's written work appears in:


    The Guardian, NBC News, Becoming Minimalist, Thrive Global, Goins Writer, Elephant Journal, and more.


    Read John's full biography here.


    Over 38K followers enjoy John's weekly articles, which he illustrates with his whimsical, fine-lined cartoons.


    Click here and subscribe to get on John's email list. You'll receive the latest creative work. No spam, always free, privacy respected.












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    John P. Weiss Fine ArtJohn P. Weiss (@johnpweiss) • InstagramAn Artful Life: Inspirational Stories and Essays for the Artist in Everyone: Weiss, John P.: 9781546996903: Amazon.com: BooksJohn P. Weiss – MediumLos Gatos, California - WikipediaEssays | Zat RanaThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change: Covey, Stephen R.: 8601419641499: Amazon.com: Books(Rare & Valuable) Want success? Two things you should focus on instead of social media | The Guardian | John P WeissDeep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World: Newport, Cal: 9781455586691: Amazon.com: BooksJeremy Mann - Red Rabbit 7What Discipline Really Means - Jocko Willink - YouTubeBecoming MinimalistThe MinimalistsScott L Christensen StudioThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles: Pressfield, Steven, Coyne, Shawn: 8601420220232: Amazon.com: Books

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Fusebox Festival 2020 - Virtual Edition - An Interview with Ron Berry & Anna Gallagher-Ross

    Fusebox Festival 2020 - Virtual Edition - An Interview with Ron Berry & Anna Gallagher-Ross

    For over 15 years the Fusebox Festival has been delivering an amazing array of curated performances and artists from all over the world and bringing them right here to Austin. Since the festival will not be able to go on as planned as a live event, the organizers had to pivot the whole event online into what they are calling the virtual edition. Join me for a conversation with Executive & Artistic Director Ron Berry and Associate Artistic Director & Curator Anna Gallagher-Ross to talk about how that played out and what we can look forward to experiencing this year.

    www.fuseboxfestival.com


    Instagram @fuseboxfestival


    Youtube

    Below text courtesy of the Fusebox website

    The Festival


    In light of the COVID-19 crisis, it is not possible to hold Fusebox Festival as we originally planned.


    Our Festival isn't canceled, it's re-imagined as a virtual space where our community, both local and global, can come together to experience the work of Fusebox artists and participate in an exciting array of virtual events and activities.


    Fusebox Festival 2020: Virtual Edition is a weekend-long broadcast taking place April 24-26.


    Think public access TV meets international block party meets live performance! We see this as a platform to explore what it means to gather together and celebrate adventurous art, online.


    This Virtual Edition will feature:


    Live-streamed performances

    Conversations

    Artist Studio Visits

    Interactive Activities

    Happy Hours

    Cooking Shows

    Exhibitions
    and much more!


    Please mark your calendars for April 24 – 26, follow us on social media, and we will be in touch soon with our artist lineup and schedule. Thanks to you, our Fusebox Family, we are able to bring our artists and community together in a much needed time for celebration. We appreciate your support!



    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


    Intro music generously provided by Stan Killian


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    Festival | fusebox-festivalFusebox Festival - YouTubeFusebox Festival (@fuseboxfestival) • InstagramFusebox Festival CatalogueFusebox Festival (@FuseboxFestival) / Twitter

    • 45 min
    Becca Borrelli - Sensitive As F**K

    Becca Borrelli - Sensitive As F**K

    Becca Borrelli is an illustrator, teacher, story teller, and part of The Lemon House where she has her art studio, which will also be hosting an upcoming Process Over Product Art Series. Becca also just launched her own podcast Secret Sauce, and I highly recommend you check it out. We talk about her journey as an artist, teacher, and small business owner, and talk a lot about how sensitivity can be reframed into a strength instead of a weakness.



    The following text is courtesy of Becca's websites


    Becca Borrelli is an admirer of doodling, and art teaching. Since graduating with a MA in Art Education from The University of Texas, she has been working as an art teacher at The Contemporary Art School in Austin, and establishing an illustration business.


    She is inspired by the invisible connections between all things, and her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, TX where she spends free time exploring the town with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose.

    Becca's new podcast "Secret Sauce"


    Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli. Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives.




    The Lemon House


    The Lemon House is a working studio for three Austin based artists: Katherine of Bliss Kid Yoga, Allie of Stampworthy Goods, and Rebecca of Rebecca Borrelli Illustrations.


    We are of the mind that just because you are a solo entrepreneur does not mean that you can’t have the same community of co-workers you would in an office. We work along side each other in our studio, but also open our studio for open house shopping events, potlucks for makers, and other community events.


    1713 E 12th Street
    Austin, TX 78702


    Instagram: @lemonhouseatx



    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


    Intro music generously provided by Stan Killian


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    Borrelli Illustrations🎨Rebecca Borrelli (@beccaborrelliart) • InstagramTHE LEMON HOUSEThe Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You: Elaine N. Aron: 9780553062182: Amazon.com: BooksColoring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning | James Butler, M.Ed., Becca Borrelli | 9781631985331 | Coloring Books | Free Spirit Publishing‘Mindful Moment’: How Austin kids can access emotional tools online | KXAN.comSocial/Emotional Learning StandardsMindful Classrooms: Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning (PreK to Grade 5) | James Butler, M.Ed. | 9781631983696 | Books | Free Spirit PublishingAISD Teacher of the Year Brings Mindfulness to Classrooms

    • 1 hr 4 min

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