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Hosted by Mother and Daughter Eileen Hsü-Balzer and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, the Adventures in Arting podcast is a lively discussion of all things art related. Topics range from creating art (painting, sewing, scrapbooking, lampworking, etc.) to viewing art (museums, galleries, the theatre, etc.) to the artful home (cooking, dressing, decorating etc.) to managing a career in the arts. All aspects of creativity are discussed between the two hosts, as well as with a variety of guests.

Podcast – Adventures in Arting Podcast Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 81 Ratings

Hosted by Mother and Daughter Eileen Hsü-Balzer and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, the Adventures in Arting podcast is a lively discussion of all things art related. Topics range from creating art (painting, sewing, scrapbooking, lampworking, etc.) to viewing art (museums, galleries, the theatre, etc.) to the artful home (cooking, dressing, decorating etc.) to managing a career in the arts. All aspects of creativity are discussed between the two hosts, as well as with a variety of guests.

    110: The Catch by Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer

    110: The Catch by Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer

    Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer, my brother, is the guest on today’s podcast.  His film, THE CATCH, is going to be debuting at the Austin Film Festival next Thursday.  Tickets are just $10 and you can watch from the comfort of your living room!  We had a great chat about his creative journey, filmmaking, and what it takes to be in a creative career. 







    MATTHEW YA-HSIUNG BALZER (Writer/Director)…















    …grew up outside Boston and learned to fish in the waters around Vinalhaven, Maine.   He began writing screenplays while working at a bakery, and the pursuit of a hands-on filmmaking education took him to Los Angeles, where he took every job he could get on a film or TV set.  















    Matthew’s feature script for THE CATCH received recognition at numerous film festival competitions as well as receiving Faculty Honors from the Columbia University graduate film program, from which Balzer received his MFA in Directing. THE CATCH will make its World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival on October 22.  Balzer lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and their son.  







    Here are some stills from the film:















    And here is the trailer for the film:



















    THE CATCH – TRAILER from Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer on Vimeo.







    You might also enjoy this short video about Bob Morris, the fisherman who was so integral to the shooting of The Catch:



















    THE CATCH – BOB from Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer on Vimeo.







    You can also read this article about Bob from The Gloucester Times.















    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * writing “The Great American Novel”* Erin Cressida Wilson* Robert Creely* fitting in or not fitting in* control* being flexible* creating opportunities for yourself* being curious







    Find Matthew & The Catch online:







    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecatch_film/* Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCatch_Film* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCatchFeatureFilm/* Austin Film Festival Debut Ticket: https://bit.ly/TheCatchAFFTickets* Website: https://www.matthewbalzer.com/







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!







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    • 1 hr 2 min
    109: Marta Harvey Tessellations

    109: Marta Harvey Tessellations

    Mom and I had the great pleasure of chatting with Marta Harvey.  Marta has participated in #CarveDecember for many years and her tessellations have gotten more and more impressive every single year.  On the podcast we discuss the tessellation lesson she has put together for the upcoming #CarveDecemberClass as well as her journey as an artist (hint: she had to raise her family before she could really get started). 







    Meet Marta Harvey:







    Originally from Portugal but now living in the Boston area, Marta loves to draw and design patterns.







    She creates hand-carved blocks that she then uses as a starting point for her art.







    Each hand-carved block creates a unique pattern, ranging from simple iron-work inspired patterns to complex tessellations varying from flowers and leaves to whimsical animals.







    Marta says: “I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.”







    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * what makes someone an incredible teacher* art as a business* MC Escher, and in particular, this print:







    Also, Marta sent me this information after the podcast:







    “My first tessellation (the one that took days):







    I learned stamp carving around 2006/2007 in one of the Yahoo groups I was mentioning; we were working together through Gloria Page’s book “a href="https://www.amazon.

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    108: Little Rowan Redhead

    108: Little Rowan Redhead

    I’m pretty sure that Rowan and I could have talked non-stop for about six hours.  But we had to limit ourselves to just one hour.  She’s smart, funny, hard working, thoughtful, and you’re going to love today’s podcast.  Give it a listen!















    Rowan Sivyer, AKA Little Rowan Redhead…















    …is a NZ born, Sydney-based printmaker, painter, avid crafter and educator.















    As a largely self-taught artist, Rowan believes in the power of a daily artistic practice, risk-taking and creative play.  















    She is greatly inspired by Australian flora and fauna which frequently features in her work but she is also drawn to colour and pattern.















    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * art as therapy* #CarveDecember and the upcoming 2020 #CarveDecemberClass!* business vs. art* niche-ing down* The 100 Day Project* being kind to yourself* gratitude* Katherine Hepburn: “If you always do what you want, at least one person is happy.”







    Find Rowan Online:







    * www.littlerowanredhead.com* www.instagram.com/littlerowanredhead* www.facebook.com/littlerowanredhead







    Our Recommendations from this episode:







    * Julie: laptop stand* Eileen: crochetcoralreef.org







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!







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    • 1 hr 9 min
    107: Sandy McTier Designs

    107: Sandy McTier Designs

    It was my great pleasure to spend an hour chatting with Sandy McTier recently.  We discussed how she built her business and her core beliefs about people and business relationships.  Sandy is smart and passionate and I think you’re going to love today’s podcast.  Give it a listen:







    If you enjoy the podcast, please give us a shout out on social media or tell a friend about the show.  This helps other people find the show.  Thanks so much!







    Sandy is a published artist, designer and International Travel Teacher.















    Sandy creates in a variety of mediums, from acrylics to oils and clay to colored pencils.















    Sandy is a proud DecoArt Helping Artist, DecoArt Art Ambassador and in 2018 became a DecoArt Creative Consultant working closely with Marketing and Product Development, Product Testing, Demoing and Representing DecoArt at a variety of trade shows.















    She is also a Dynasty Brush Brand Specialist and ChartPak Art Ambassador.















    She is a wife of 30 years to a U.S. Air Force Veteran and mom to three amazing young men, ages 25, 24 and 23.















    You can find Sandy at painting conventions around the country as well as on Facebook at Sandy McTier Designs and on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram under Sandy McTier















    Some things we discuss on this episode:







    * DecoArt Fabric Paint* DecoArt Media Line — especially their Fluid Acrylics* Dynasty Brushes* The Decorative Painter Magazine from The Society of Decorative Painters* Chalky Gesso 







    Find Sandy online:







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    www.sandymctierdesigns.com

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    www.facebook.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    106: Creativity & The Burnt Cookie

    106: Creativity & The Burnt Cookie

    Mom and I have an argument on this episode — like a talking over each other and accusing the other of being wrong argument.  Give it a listen!







    Here are our recommendations this episode:







    * Eileen: article: How To Add More Play to Your Grown Up Life* Julie:  George Land’s TEDx talk (watch it below):















    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  Thanks for stopping by!







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    • 44 min
    105: Paige’s Pages

    105: Paige’s Pages

    Depending on how long you’ve been reading this blog and listening to this podcast, you may or may not know that I am a scrapbooker.  I still pocket scrapbook, even though I gave up the 12×12 layouts.  The fact is, I love memory keeping and I thought it was time that we had a tried and true scrapbooker on the podcast.  And so, Mom and I chatted with Paige Evans.  Give it a listen!







    If you enjoy the podcast, please give us a shout out on social media or tell a friend about the show.  This helps other people find the show.  Thanks so much!







    Meet Paige Evans:















    My name is Paige Evans and I have been scrapbooking since I was 16 years old when I got my very first job at a little local scrapbook store in Redmond, Washington.















    Now I’ve been scrapbooking over half my life and love it as much today as I did back then.















    I have 10 signature scrapbooking collections with American Crafts.















    I have taught classes in 7 states and 9 countries – I love teaching how to create eye-catching layouts as well as coptic bookbinding courses.















    I live in the suburbs of Denver with my husband of 13 years, our son Fox, and daughter Jane, as well as a menagerie of pets – we have a dog, cat, bunny, and guinea pig (named Joey, Rachel, Phoebe, and Richard – we love the show FRIENDS!).  I love to create something every day!















    Here are our recommendations this episode:







    * Eileen: article: What is a Museum?* Julie: china markers in plastic 







    Find Paige online:







    * Blog: https://www.paigetaylorevans.com/* Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/pagebypaige* YouTube: https://youtube.com/paigetaylorevans* Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyscrappyplace/* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paigetaylorevans/







    I hope you enjoyed this episode.  If there are topics you’d like us to cover or guests you’d like us to invite, please let us know.  Thanks for stopping by!







    All podcasts are archived here.  Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Music here.  And if you like the podcast, please post about it on your social media so that other people can ...

    • 54 min

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81 Ratings

jbharts ,

Love the podcast

I so look forward to hearing the Adventures in Arting podcasts with Julie and her mom. Interesting topics, broad discussions, educational, enlightening, inspiring. Just love these podcasts and never miss one!

Ellen Goodloe ,

Yours is the best

Yours was one of the first podcasts I listened to, if not THE first. I’ve listened to all of them from the beginning and I have to say that even with all the podcast offerings available nowadays, yours remains my favorite. I’m happy to see more regular installments lately. I love the information but mostly the conversational nature and ease with which you and your mom, and occasional guests, talk about art and life.

812mumpher ,

Wahoo!

Happy 100th anniversary ladies! I’ve listened to every one!

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