25 episodes

Artists Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann invite you to join them in their studio discussions about art and the creative process. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the podcast. Valerie, an abstract painter and Armin, a draughtsman working in realism compare and contrast topics on art that will help guide artists as they climb the ladders of art one rung at a time.

Art Ladders: The Creative Climb Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann

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Artists Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann invite you to join them in their studio discussions about art and the creative process. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the podcast. Valerie, an abstract painter and Armin, a draughtsman working in realism compare and contrast topics on art that will help guide artists as they climb the ladders of art one rung at a time.

    Episode 26: What are your lightbulb moments? A conversation with Valerie and Armin

    Episode 26: What are your lightbulb moments? A conversation with Valerie and Armin

    Valerie and Armin recreate one of their weekend art talks and explore the topic of developing ideas. You can think of it as the aha moments or the  lightbulb moments that can motivate artists to push forward new plans. Not every lightbulb flash is destined to be the next big deal but the point is to recognize it and examine to see if it has lasting power. 

    After a series of successful interviews with other artists, Val and Armin enjoyed recording and talking with each other during this interview. You will hear them discuss the topics of developing innovations in art making, art teaching and the development of art business. Armin will ask Val to discuss her recent Great Lakes Bay Region Art Award that she received from the Saginaw Art and Enrichment Commission on June 9, 2022. They both will discuss their teaching philosophies and their classes. 

    • 49 min
    Episode 25: Interview with Cynthia Patrick and William Mayes from the Port Austin Artist Residency Program

    Episode 25: Interview with Cynthia Patrick and William Mayes from the Port Austin Artist Residency Program

    Val and Armin spent an enjoyable afternoon with Cindy Patrick and William Mays of the Port Austin Artist Residency Program. Val is spending two weeks in the residency program and staying at the history Bee Barn, the headquarters for the program. Port Austin is very much an artist-centric community with projects ranging from architecturally converted barns, to sculpture gardens, residency programs and symphonic concerts. This small village of 700 is encouraging artists to visit and for art collectors to think about visiting this beautiful spot on Lake Huron. Economic growth for rural America can learn a lot from Port Austin as art increases economic growth when it has a viable and vibrant presence in communities.  Here are a few links:

    https://portaustinair.org for Port Austin Residency Program

    http://www.thumbartsguild.org Link for Thumb Arts Guild

    https://www.facebook.com/mermaidscove.portaustin    The Cove Facebook Page

    https://www.facebook.com/whitechurchgallery.   White Church Gallery

    https://portaustinmusic.com/porch-fest    Link to Porch Fest on June 25, 2022





     

    • 41 min
    Episode 24: Conversation with Todd Burroughs, Founding Director of Atelier School of Art

    Episode 24: Conversation with Todd Burroughs, Founding Director of Atelier School of Art

    Valerie and Armin are joined by friend and colleague, Todd Burroughs of Atelier School of Art in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA. Todd conceptualized the Atelier School of Art from dream to reality with a passion that coincides with his immense enthusiasm for visual art. Just read this mission of the school to further understand Atelier School of Art's philosophy. "We are committed to helping people pursue their natural inclination to create. We have created an environment to nurture, educate and encourage individuals to achieve the highest level of success." 

    Todd Burroughs is the founding director of Atelier School of Art in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is best known for his realist drawings, oil paintings and passion for teaching. He has received numerous awards and honorifics for his paintings and teaching accomplishments. His art work is widely collected by personal and corporate collectors.

    While attending Columbia College in Chicago, Todd had his first art exhibition. Shortly after he embarked on a 6-month trip to India to study art and culture. While in India his artistic interest shifted from Abstract Expressionism to Classical Painting methods. After returning to Chicago, Todd began a five-year program of study in oil painting at the Atelier Alternative in Chicago. He holds a Cum Laude degree in Historic Preservation and Fine Art from Eastern Michigan University.

    While studying in Chicago he began his life-long research in to art-making processes. In 2000 Todd Burroughs returned to Michigan, and began teaching painting and drawing. His teaching experience includes teaching at museums, art centers and The College for Creative Studies. Additionally, he has always taught from his studio as part of his own art making process. The rational being that if you care for an idea, you are obligated to pass it on. Todd’s advocacy for education in the arts, and accessible studio practices for all led to him founding the Atelier School of Art in 2018. He regularly shares his knowledge through lectures, workshops, and teaching from the studio.

    His art making primarily focuses on oil painting and drawing. His work also includes photography, digital art and NFTs. His pieces range from the monumental, eight feet by twenty feet, to the intimate, 1.5 inch by two inches, and embrace a broad range of drawing and painting methodologies.

    Link to Atelier School of Art located in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan. 

    Link to Summer Workshops at Atelier School of Art There are workshops taught by Todd Burrough, Valerie Allen, and Armin Mersmann this summer. 

    International Painting Annual 5 exhibition-in-print, Manifest Gallery, Todd Burroughs Statement

    Link to The Wellness Paradox Podcast Episode 10: Art as a Vehicle to Improve Wellbeing with Todd Burroughs

    • 58 min
    Episode 23: Conversation with abstract painter and printmaker Elise Wagner

    Episode 23: Conversation with abstract painter and printmaker Elise Wagner

    This episode was recorded from the Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seattle, Washington. Abstract painter and printmaker Elise Wagner opened her solo exhibition at this gallery on Friday, May 5, 2022. The title of her exhibit is TIPPING POINTS showcasing Wagner's artworks that give the artistic perspective on the science of our changing planet, and convergence of opposites. More than a dozen encaustic paintings and a 55” x 55” abstract work form the centerpiece of the exhibition. The exhibit will end on May 31, 2022. 

    “Elise has championed encaustic painting introducing the medium to people all over the world for decades and this exhibition will highlight the masterful painting and innovation that is integral to Elise’s amazing artistry,” said Fred Holmes of Frederick Holmes & Co, who’s been her gallery dealer in western Washington since 2013. “I am extremely excited to share what will be an unforgettable encounter with the union of art and science in contemporary abstract art.”

    Elise Wagner is a painter, printmaker, educator and innovator. An east coast transplant from Jersey City, New Jersey, she has based herself in Portland, Oregon since 1986. The uniquely defining aesthetic in Elise’s work melds her creative and spiritual practices with her fascination with and education in various disciplines of science – physics, astronomy, geology, cartography and meteorology and how they relate to changing technologies and the environment. A 2015-16 Pollock Krasner Award Recipient in addition to numerous regional awards including most recently the Regional Arts & Culture Council Create | Learn | Build Grant. Elise shows her work at galleries in Washington D.C., Houston, Palm Springs, Astoria, Oregon and Seattle. So far this year, her work has been included in two important group shows - Wax Applications, Exploring the Breadth and Depth of Encaustic and Cold Wax Mediums at Texas A&M University and, her was included this past Summer in the Artworks Northwest Bienniel at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association Juried by Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum. Her work is included in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. As an educator, Elise has been invited to teach and present encaustic painting and printmaking at conferences and institutions Internationally and currently teaches virtual workshops. In 2022-23 Elise will be teaching in Mexico, Cape Cod and Ireland.

    Show Notes

    Click here for Elise Wagner's  Website 

    Click here for Elise Wagner's Workshops and Private Instruction 

    Click here for Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

    • 56 min
    Episode 22: Conversation with artist Sergio Gomez

    Episode 22: Conversation with artist Sergio Gomez

    During this episode the dynamic artist Sergio Gomez joined Val and Armin for an in-depth interview on his mission of art, collaboration and using technology to further your art career. We learned more about NFTs, curating, how to organize International exhibits and his many collaborations with artists around the world. 

    We encourage you to read his journey in his own words on his website and also enjoy this quote that sums up Sergio's motivating approach to life. "Over the years, I have learned this big truth, don’t wait for an  opportunity to change your current situation. Instead, convert each  situation into an opportunity to move forward. Yes, it’s a matter of perspective or, as my wife would say, it’s a mindset. The most successful artists are those who capitalize opportunities that did not exist before. Sergio Gomez

    Here is information on his upcoming exhibition at 33 Contemporary Gallery titled Transfiguration: Paintings, AR & NFTs by Sergio Gomez

    Exhibitions Dates:  May 16 to June 24

    Artists Reception: Friday, May 20
    Time: 7 pm to 10 pm

    ABOUT EXHIBITION:

    The Transfiguration Series is Sergio Gomez’s latest body of work. Sergio is a Chicago-based artist, gallerist, curator and educator who is known for his large scale figurative abstraction works.

    This in-person and virtual exhibition will include new paintings, augmented reality experiences powered by Artivive, and a new collection of NFTs. Sergio’s NFT’s are ethereal animations derived from 30 years of painting the cycles of life.

    33 Contemporary Gallery is located at : Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60609

    Show Links for this Episode: 

    Sergio Gomez Website

    33 Contemporary Gallery

    Art NXT Level Academy

    Lots of links for Sergio in one spot! 

    You can find Sergio on Instagram at @sergiogomezart. Be sure to follow his Instagram account! His stories and reels are wonderful and it's the perfect way to keep up with his artwork, projects and collaborations. 

    Please let us know your comments about this episode. We would love to hear from you! You can find us on Instagram at @artladders or on our Facebook Page at Art Ladders the Creative Climb with Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann. 

    Thank you for your support! 

    • 55 min
    Episode 21: Conversation with artist Sally Hirst

    Episode 21: Conversation with artist Sally Hirst

    Art Ladders welcomes artist Sally Hirst to the podcast! This lively interview with Sally is about creating art, teaching and what it means to be an artist in this changing world of technology. Sally is a painter and printmaking who describes herself as a tutor, nomadic, restless, curious, experiential, irreverent, untidy, loud…lol...and we can add that she is a champion for discovering new mediums, fresh perspectives and innovative use of art supplies. 
    As well as being a professional artist educated to Masters level, Sally is also a qualified teacher with many years of teaching experience. She currently teaches a range of online courses that enable her to reach students at all stages of their creative journey, worldwide from her studio in the UK.

    Sally Hirst is currently based at her studio in Norwich, UK – where she also co-coordinates an exhibition space called oneuppergoat. She is a Certified Golden Artist Educator and teaches online courses titled Pushing Paint, Urban Explorations , Discover Collagraphy, and Approaches to Abstraction to students worldwide. 

    Click here to read more on Sally's website. 

    Visit Sally's Instagram Account by clicking here.

    Facebook Page for Sally Hirst Artist and Tutor  

    Here are links to artists mentioned by Sally in the podcast. 

    Instagram for artist Daryl Burtnett

    Instagram for JFK Turner

    Instagram for Karen Stamper

    Instagram for Nicholas Wilton

    Instagram for Louise Fletcher

    Instagram for Alice Sheridan

    Instagram for David Mankin

    Instagram for Jane Davies

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