32 episodes

Welcome to the Artsville podcast where we celebrate contemporary American Arts & Crafts from Asheville NC and beyond. The Artsville podcast has it all: Painting, Pottery, Weaving, Woodworking, Welding, Glass Blowing and more. Just like Asheville, NC, Artsville is a friendly podcast where good folks like you can discover world class artisans, artists, craftsman and makers who use their hands and natural materials like fiber, clay, metal, glass, paper and wood to create stunning original arts and crafts.

Artsville Crewest Studio + Sand Hill Artists Collective

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Welcome to the Artsville podcast where we celebrate contemporary American Arts & Crafts from Asheville NC and beyond. The Artsville podcast has it all: Painting, Pottery, Weaving, Woodworking, Welding, Glass Blowing and more. Just like Asheville, NC, Artsville is a friendly podcast where good folks like you can discover world class artisans, artists, craftsman and makers who use their hands and natural materials like fiber, clay, metal, glass, paper and wood to create stunning original arts and crafts.

    Preserving a Picturesque America With Conservationist Scott ‘Doc’ Varn

    Preserving a Picturesque America With Conservationist Scott ‘Doc’ Varn

    Scott “Doc” Varn is the Executive Director and CEO of Preserving a Picturesque America (PAPA), an organization that combines history and art to conserve America’s most important sites. Sharing the mission behind PAPA, Scott joins us today to talk about his personal journey of falling in love with the process of unveiling key locations across the country. He speaks to the unique skills necessary to do this effectively, where he first acquired them, and how he goes about finding like-minded artists to join him along the way. We discuss the process of documenting old and new and understanding our place in history in order to educate generations to come. You’ll also hear all about the PBS documentary dedicated to PAPA, how to become an artist member, and where to view the work being produced by this important organization. Thanks for tuning into this conversation with a very special friend and colleague, Scott “Doc” Varn!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    The history of PAPA and the unifying factor of America’s natural beauty.How Scott’s mission to discover these spaces was unlocked.Resources that point the team at PAPA towards key locations.Where Scott developed the skills necessary to get to this stage. How the process of conservation and preservation works.Finding the appropriate artists with the right intention.Documentation of the old and the new and understanding our place in history.Mediums available to the artist as they retrace the route through the French Broad Region.The PBS documentary bringing PAPA to a screen near you!How to become an artist member and where to view the artwork online and in person.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Scott “Doc” Varn on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/docvarn/
    Preserving a Picturesque America (PAPA) — https://preservationthroughart.org/
    America: The Land We Live In — https://www.pbs.org/show/america-the-land-we-live-in/
    Blue Danube Productions — https://bluedanubeproductions.com/
    Artsville Podcast — https://artsville.captivate.fm/
    Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.notarealartist.com/
    Louise Glickman — https://www.louiseglickman.com/
    Daryl Slaton — http://www.tailsofwhimsy.com/
    Crewest Studio — https://creweststudio.com/
    Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) — https://sandhillartists.wordpress.com/

    • 43 min
    The Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program with Amy Putansu and Brian Wurst

    The Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program with Amy Putansu and Brian Wurst

    Both students and teachers in the Haywood Community College (HCC) Professional Crafts program form a prominent part of the vibrant creative community in Western North Carolina, an area with a rich history of traditional craftsmanship. Today, you’ll hear from textile artist Amy Putansu and woodworking instructor Brian Wurst about the accessible nature of the HCC Professional Crafts Program in Waynesville, North Carolina, and the professional practice training that makes this program so unique. You’ll also gain insight into what it takes to apply, what you’ll learn as a student there, what the future of craft in America looks like, and much more! For anyone who is interested in additional training in clay, fiber art, jewelry, or wood, plus the entrepreneurial skills you need to market yourself and your work, you won’t want to miss this inspiring conversation with Amy Putansu and Brian Wurst!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    What HCC Professional Crafts offers, from fine craftsmanship to entrepreneurship skills.Things that make this program unique and how Brian became an instructor.Insight into the accessible application requirements and the history of the program.The kinds of students that typically attend the classes and what they learn.Fresh, contemporary takes on the traditional craft history of Western NC.Strong connections between economic development and craft making.How Brian and Amy have integrated entrepreneurship and creativity in their practices.Perspectives on what the future of craft in America looks like.A funny story about Louise’s last visit to the annual Penland School of Craft auction.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Haywood Community College (HCC) — https://www.haywood.edu/
    HCC Professional Crafts — https://www.haywood.edu/programs/professional-crafts.php 
    Amy Putansu — https://www.putansutextiles.com/
    Amy Putansu on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/putansutextiles/ 
    Amy Putansu on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-putansu-76521113a/
    Brian Wurst — https://southernhighlandguild.org/member/brianwurst/
    Brian Wurst on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-wurst-38378775/
    Annual Penland School of Craft Auction — https://penland.org/support-penland/annual-auction/
    Artsville Virtual Gallery — https://www.artsvilleusa.com/virtual-gallery/
    Artsville Podcast — https://artsville.captivate.fm/
    Not Real Art — https://notrealart.com/
    Art Connections with Sherry Masters — https://www.arttoursasheville.com
    Mountain BizWorks — a href="https://www.mountainbizworks.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 39 min
    North Carolina: A Hot Spot for Glass Art with Candace Reilly

    North Carolina: A Hot Spot for Glass Art with Candace Reilly

    By now, North Carolina’s reputation as an arts destination is well known, but did you know that it played a significant role in the history of the Studio Glass Movement in America? Since Harvey Littleton first moved to the area in the late 1970s, Western North Carolina has cultivated a thriving community of glass makers and supporting organizations. Today, we speak to Candace Reilly, who has been an active member of the arts community in Asheville for almost a decade and currently serves as Executive Director of Asheville’s largest public-access glass studio and gallery, the North Carolina (NC) Glass Center. As an advocate with a fervent commitment to nurturing creative talent, Candace believes that integrated arts education is critical for a more enriched and socially cohesive community. In today's episode, she gives us a glimpse into the history of glass and how the NC Glass Center is not only upholding traditions but democratizing the future of studio glass practice for an ever-expanding community of glass artists! Tune in for all this and more in another fascinating installment of the Artsville Podcast.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    An overview of Candace’s background and her role at the NC Glass Center.Insight into the history of glass and glass artists in North Carolina.How you can learn about glass at the NC Glass Center.What to expect from the Dale Chihuly exhibition at Biltmore Estate.The explosive growth that led to NC Glass Center’s second location in Black Mountain.Different ways that NC Glass Center generates income (and how you can support them!)Where you can find the NC Glass Center online and how to contact them.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    North Carolina (NC) Glass Center — https://www.ncglasscenter.org/
    “Glass on the Go" — https://www.ncglasscenter.org/mobile-unit
    NC Glass Center on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/ncglasscenter/
    NC Glass Center on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaGlassCenter/
    Chihuly at Biltmore — https://www.biltmore.com/things-to-do/events/chihuly-at-biltmore/
    Art Connections — https://www.arttoursasheville.com/
    Mountain BizWorks — https://www.mountainbizworks.org/
    Craft Your Commerce — https://www.mountainbizworks.org/craft-your-commerce/
    Ferguson Family YMCA — https://ymcawnc.org/locations/centers/ferguson
    ‘Community Art, Friendship, and Healing: Artsville’s Partnership with the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler’ — https://www.artsvilleusa.com/community-art-friendship-and-healing-artsvilles-partnership-with-the-ferguson-family-ymca-in-candler/
    Artsville Podcast — a href="https://artsville.captivate.fm/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 34 min
    The Intersection of Art and Healing with Wendy Neuman & Stephanie Munn

    The Intersection of Art and Healing with Wendy Neuman & Stephanie Munn

    In this episode, we sit down with Wendy Neuman and Stephanie Munn to discuss the importance of art in building and strengthening communities based on their personal experiences. Stephanie is the Director of the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler, North Carolina, and Wendy is a photographer, fashion designer, volunteer, and marketing expert.
    In our conversation, Stephanie delves into the mission of the YMCA in fostering community connections and the wide range of programs they have for people of all ages and backgrounds. We discuss Wendy’s experiences as a photographer and fashion designer, including her work with cancer patients and her efforts to bring art into various organizations and events. We also talk about the importance of building friendships, building a safe place for children and families, Wendy’s Mandala and Kaleidoscope project, the role of art in bringing people together, why community engagement is essential, and much more! Join us, as we uncover the intersection of art, community, and healing with Wendy Neuman & Stephanie Munn!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    A brief update on Artsville's growth and new opportunities for 2024.The unique art scene and community of Candler and Enka.YMCA’s mission to build communities through inclusive programs.How Stephanie realized the potential of the Candler and Enka communities.Fostering artist-community engagement through Wendy’s workshops.Discover the collaborations and wearable art featuring Wendy’s photography.Stephanie shares details about the latest YMCA offerings and member benefits.Wendy’s experiences photographing terminally ill children and cancer patients.Why involvement with the YMCA is critical and how to get involved.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Artsville — https://www.artsvilleusa.com/
    Wendy Neuman | Clothing — https://wendynewmandesigns.com/
    Wendy Neuman | Photo — https://wendyneumanphoto.com
    Wendy Neuman on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/wendynewmandesigns/
    Wendy Neuman on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/wendynewmandesigns/
    Wendy Neuman on on Pinterest — https://za.pinterest.com/WNDesigns/
    Stephanie Munn on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-mcgrath-munn-a11694275/
    Stephanie Munn on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/stephanie.munn/
    Call Stephanie Munn — 828-273-0346
    YMCA of Western North Carolina — https://ymcawnc.org/
    OpenDoors Asheville — https://opendoorsasheville.org/
    Arterial Network — https://artistsatriskconnection.org
    Scholastic Art and Writing Awards — https://www.artandwriting.org/
    Kenn Kotara — a href="https://www.kotarastudio.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 37 min
    An Artists' Journey through Artsville with Elizabeth Walton & Amy Massey

    An Artists' Journey through Artsville with Elizabeth Walton & Amy Massey

    In this episode, we introduce two bright young artists, Elizabeth Walton and Amy Massey, who are making waves in Western North Carolina and beyond. Both Elizabeth and Amy recently graduated from Artsville’s First Virtual Gallery of Artists Cohort program, a digital and live marketing initiative designed to help artists succeed in the business of art. Elizabeth is a talented jewelry designer, with a passion for metalsmithing, and Amy Massey is a 2D artist and massage therapist. In our conversation we delve into their journeys, discussing their inspirations, creative processes, and the impact of the program on their careers. We unpack what keeps them inspired, juggling different jobs, how to market yourself without a gallery, their unique approaches to their work, the biggest lessons from the Virtual Gallery of Artists program, and much more! Join us as we discuss their artistic journeys, the challenges they face, and the exciting future of arts in Asheville and beyond. Tune in now!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Introductions and background about guests Elizabeth Walton and Amy Massey.Elizabeth’s journey from inheriting a studio to pursuing a sustainable metalsmithing practice.They share their main takeaways and lessons from the Virtual Gallery of Artists program.Amy discusses her unique fusion of art and bodywork and where she draws inspiration from.Discover Elizabeth’s design process and how nature influences her work.New friends and networking opportunities from the Virtual Gallery of Artists program.Explore their diverse career paths, including galleries and self-promotion through art festivals.Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities present in today's competitive art market.The vibrant arts scene in Asheville and the exciting prospects for artists in the future.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Amy Massey — https://www.amygmassey.com/
    Amy Massey on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/amymasseystudio/
    Ren Ren Jewelry — https://redrenjewelry.com/
    Ren Ren Jewelry on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/redrenjewelry
    Ren Ren Jewelry on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/redrenjewelry/
    Not Real Art — https://notrealart.com/
    Arterial Network — https://artistsatriskconnection.org
    Appalachian State University — https://www.appstate.edu/
    Sandhill Artists Collective — https://sandhillartists.wordpress.com/
    Woolworth Walk — https://www.woolworthwalk.com/
    Kenn Kotara — https://www.kotarastudio.com/
    Michael Manes — https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-manes-97379a8b/
    Blue Spiral 1 — https://bluespiral1.com/
    Art Connections with Sherry Masters — a

    • 31 min
    A Guide to the Secondary Art Market with Lauren Brunk of Brunk Auctions

    A Guide to the Secondary Art Market with Lauren Brunk of Brunk Auctions

    Artworks are regularly sold at auctions around the world for record sums of money, but today’s guest believes that auctions serve a greater purpose than just growing the highest bidder’s collection. Every object is an invitation to consider our personal and collective histories through the unique and often fascinating story it has to tell. Today, you'll hear from a local auctioneer, Southern fine art specialist, and Senior Vice President of Brunk Auctions, Lauren Brunk. Brunk is a private auction house specializing in the sale of fine art, jewelry, antique furniture, coins, and countless other areas of collecting ranging from contemporary art to antiquities. In this episode, Lauren offers some insight into the world of auctions, the types of people that make up the buyers and sellers, how auctions retell the stories of the items they sell, and so much more. For a comprehensible guide to the secondary art market, be sure to tune in today!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Defining the secondary art market and how it differs from the primary art market.How virtual art sales have evolved since the COVID-19 pandemic.The wide variety of people who make up Brunk’s buyer and seller communities.Ways that auctions retell the story of the items they sell.Insight into the relationship between auction houses and museums.Lauren’s relationship with the Black Potter, Jim McDowell.How Brunk supports the next generation of art storytellers through community outreach.What the objects at art auctions can teach us about value.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Brunk Auctions — https://brunkauctions.com/
    Brunk Auctions on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/brunkauctions/
    Email Brunk Auctions — info@brunkauctions.com
    Lauren Brunk on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-brunk-291ab51/
    Lauren Brunk on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/laurenb1969/
    Jim McDowell — https://blackpotter.com/
    ‘Jim McDowell: The Need to Look Back in Order to Move Forward’ (Episode 13) — https://www.artsvilleusa.com/jim-mcdowell/
    Nasher Museum of Art — https://nasher.duke.edu/
    Ogden Museum of Southern Art — https://ogdenmuseum.org/
    A Question of Value: Stories from the Life of an Auctioneer — https://www.amazon.com/dp/1469678098
    Artsville — https://www.artsvilleusa.com/
    Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.notarealartist.com/
    Louise Glickman — https://www.louiseglickman.com/
    Daryl Slaton — http://www.tailsofwhimsy.com/
    Crewest Studio — a href="https://creweststudio.com/" rel="noopener...

    • 36 min

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