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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 • 10 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).

    Lisa Kellner Interview

    Lisa Kellner Interview

    Words of the day: color. contemplative. minimal. awkward. woven.
    Welcome Lisa Kellner to the program! She joins us from Deer, Island Maine from her local library, how cool!
    In the conversation we dive into the 3 to 5 words to describe the paintings question, of course, as well as their influences and ideas, a little bit about titles.Also part of the interview is a tip on how to stay out of trouble while painting, writing in 3 different books as part of her studio practice, and so much more…listen in!
     

     
    The artist's website: https://www.lisakellner.com/
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 44 min
    Debbi Kenote Interview

    Debbi Kenote Interview

    Hey welcome to Ahtcast!
    As always I encourage listeners to visit the artist’s websites, or www.ahtcast.com/ and check out the work as you listen along. Alright, let’s get started…
    This episode’s guest is Brooklyn based painter Debbi Kenote.
    Words of the day: Butterfly. Symmetry. Sharp. Bright. and Aquatic.In the conversation Debbi shares some of her experiences from growing up in the Pacific-Northwest as well as being home schooled until high school where her artistic life was encouraged at a whole other level.
    Now living in Brooklyn we talk about how her experiences prior to that makes its way into her work as well as the city’s influence. And more...
    Also part of the interview are two questions submitted by previous guest Connie Goldman so be sure to listen for those. Listen in for more!
     

     
     
    The artist's website: https://debbikenoteart.com/
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 50 min
    Revisited: Inga Dalrymple and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

    Revisited: Inga Dalrymple and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

    Hey and welcome to ahtcast!
    This episode invites Sydney, Australia based artist Inga Dalrymple back to the podcast!
    Words of the day: Edges. Sensory. Rhythm. Intuitive. Breath.
    It has been nearly 10 years to the day since Inga last joined me to talk about her paintings. She had a lot to share about where her paintings have been over the years and, in my humble opinion, returning in force!
    And as always, I encourage listeners to visit the artists’ websites while listening and look along. Or visit ahtcast.com for images of the guest artist’s work.And one more tidbit, submitting 2 questions to the conversation was previous ahtcast guest Cologne based painter Sabine Tress, so be sure to listen for those.
    Welcome Inga Dalrymple back to the program…...listen in!
     

     
    The artist's website: https://ingadalrymple.com/home.html
     
     
    (Original podcast intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Becky Yazdan Interview

    Becky Yazdan Interview

    Words of the day: layer. linen. weird. excavation. Alice. Neel.
    This episode’s guest is Becky Yazdan, a painter who splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and Maplewood, NJ.
    In our interview conversation we talk show prep for her solo exhibition titled Aftermath at The Front gallery NYC, with an opening reception Thursday December 8th 2022 from 6 to 8 pm. And that is at 131 Chrystie Street New York, NY.
    We also talk a bit about the early days in Becky’s journey in art and the traditional methods of preparing her linen used for painting which provides a perfect surface for producing truly amazing layering techniques. And stay for a rich glimpse into the content in the work as well.
    Also in the episode is a multi-part question submitted by previous Ahtcast guest Sarah Boyts Yoder…(thanks Sarah!).
    Listen in for more…thanks!
     

     
    The artist's website: beckyyazdan.com/
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 37 min
    Revisited: Brooke Mullins Doherty and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

    Revisited: Brooke Mullins Doherty and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

    Words of the day: scale. organic. layer. complexity. intuition.
    Welcome Brooke Mullins Doherty back to the podcast!
    Brooke and I first spoke in the early days of ahtcast back in 2011 and I thought it would be a good thing to catch up and talk about Brooke’s current show and the work in it, along with details regarding her varied and focused working methods.
    Brooke’s show is titled Divulgences, catch it if you are in the New Bedford, MA area for the reception October 13th 2022 from 5:30pm. The exhibition runs September 12 – October 20, 2022 at the Co+ Creative Center at 137 Union Street in New Bedford, MA.
    Also featured in the interview are 3 questions submitted by previous podcast guest and Chicago based painter, Renee Robbins!
     

     
    The artist's website: https://www.brookemullins.com/index.html
     
     
    (Original podcast intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)
     
    Thank you for listening!

    • 33 min
    Ronan Bowes Interview

    Ronan Bowes Interview

    Words of the day: transitive. tension. experimentation. looking. passages.
    This episode's guest is Ronan Bowes! In the conversation you'll hear Ronan share some of his early formative experiences with art and how they helped him in the right direction. Also what practice helped shape his identity as an artist, he expresses his love of materials and how work can take on the studio patina, also part of the interview is talk of painting as installation and blurring the lines of painting and constructions...listen in for more...
    Wanted to also send a quick thank you to previous podcast guest Heather Yip for sending me an interview question for Ronan, thanks Heather!
    Welcome Ronan Bowes!
     

     
    The artist's website: https://www.ronanbowes.com/
     
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 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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