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Hello Listeners,

Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: \"aht\" for \"art\". It’s ahtcast.

Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc.

The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it.
I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening.

Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. (\"explicit\" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).

ahtcast Phillip J. Mellen

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Hello Listeners,

Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: \"aht\" for \"art\". It’s ahtcast.

Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc.

The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it.
I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening.

Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. (\"explicit\" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).

    Astrid Dick Interview

    Astrid Dick Interview

    Words of the day: energy. intuition. rigor. patience. faith.


    Paris based painter Astrid Dick joins ahtcast for a conversation. We talk the daily practice of painting, faith in the work that triggers more faith in the work, words and how they mix, and don't mix, well with painting and more.


    Also, listen as I share a question and some thoughts by previous guest Lauren G. Levine. Tune in for more!


     





     


    The artist's website: https://astriddick.com/home.html


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 43 min
    The Mixed-Media Tapes: The Art of Taking a Break with Carl Simmons

    The Mixed-Media Tapes: The Art of Taking a Break with Carl Simmons

    New Bedford, MA multi-disciplinary artist Carl Simmons joins me for a discussion on creative breaks, not just blocks. An art residency doing nothing, if ever that was a thing. We also talk using instagram and facebook as a venue and medium for visual art formats. How do these platforms differ for painting and video work etc.


    Carl and I share a few laughs, and some serious accounts on working as an artist using one of the near only venues for showing work during a pandemic without making the episode a total downer. Besides, how could an art chat where Star Wars comes up multiple times be anything less than a galactic experience?


     





     


    Follow Carl in instagram at: carlcarlsimmons


     


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Mixed-Media Tapes: Dance, and Art-Practice Parallels with Sarah Boyts Yoder

    The Mixed-Media Tapes: Dance, and Art-Practice Parallels with Sarah Boyts Yoder

    Welcome the The Mixed-Media Tapes! Sarah Boyts Yoder was a previous guest on Ahtcast and I thought to invite her back on the share more on the subject of parallels regarding dance and her art-practice. There was more to dig into so here we are back on the topic.


    Sarah shares how dance came to her life and how she met it in the middle! Making their way into the talk are a couple quotes that are fitting for the subject as well as some wisdom coming from both dance and painting. Listen in for more!


     





    Sarah Boyts Yoder in her studio


     


    The artist's website: https://sarahboytsyoder.com/home.html


     


    Thanks for listening!


     

    • 31 min
    Sarah Boyts Yoder Interview

    Sarah Boyts Yoder Interview

    Words of the day: color. improv. hungry. iteration. attention. guru.


    This episode's guest is Charlottesville, Virginia based painter Sarah Boyts Yoder. In the conversation Sarah draws parallels between music and painting, collecting visuals subconsciously through experiences outside of the studio, not to mention the practice of hoarding paint, and what the viewer can be for a finished piece of art… Sarah also shares a bit on being a mother and what the artist in her was doing while reading books to her children. And more…


    We have the 'five words' question making its appearance in the interview so don’t miss that.


    And keep your ears tuned in for a few questions submitted by previous ahtcast guest Fiona Stanbury, thanks for the great questions Fiona.


    So listen in and welcome Sarah Boyts Yoder to ahtcast!


     





     


    The artist's website: https://sarahboytsyoder.com/home.html


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Douglas Witmer Interview

    Douglas Witmer Interview

    Words of the day: elemental. aspire. ambient. place. context.


    Philadelphia based painter Douglas Witmer joins me for a conversation on this episode. The interview starts of with Douglas sharing some of his early experiences with art and what feeds his work most. Then the conversation focuses on his ambient album FORTY, FOR YOU, a forty track album where each track is paired up with a painting. We talk about the relationship between the music and the paintings and what Douglas' process was like changing up the format a bit within his studio practice. The paintings, as well as the music, are an invitation for contemplation... Listen in for more!


     





     


    Douglas Witmer's website: https://www.douglaswitmer.com/


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


     


    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ron Fortier Interview

    Ron Fortier Interview

    Words of the day: gesture. narrative. emotion. abstraction. lineage.


    This episode's guest is Fairhaven, Massachusetts based painter Ron Fortier. In my chat with Ron you’ll find detailed accounts of his past, present, and even what the future will hold for his paintings,...
    along with a healthy list of artist from the lineage that is his rich continuing story.


    Lots of materials shop talk as well as the challenges inherent to abstraction, and narrative work, as he works in both concentrations.


    Ron is also the host of The Southcoast Artist Index's In Focus podcast, he shares a bit about his podcast's goal as well. Listen in for more!


     





     


    Ron Fortier's website: https://www.ronfortier.net/


     


     


    Thanks for listening!


     


     


    (original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Ithinkglobally ,

Thought provoking and authentic

I can tell Phillip lives and breaths art. The podcast is awesome to listen to with the blog posts he writes (they include the work!). Check it out, art/aht lovers!

kreblin ,

Great little conversations

I hope you more artists catch wind of this!

Dave LaMorte ,

It's Haht!

Great show by artists for anybody.

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