I was lucky to be one of three Art 360 artists invited to give a “Conversations and Coffee” talk at the Cultural Arts Center.
Art 360 curator Chuck Bluestone opened the proceedings….
…while Ellen O’Shaunghnessy of the Cultural Arts Center gave a very sweet introduction. The three artists who gave a presentation were photographer Ardine Nelson, digital sculptor Josh Sutton and myself.
Ardine went first, launching into an illuminating tour of her evocative photos taken in an empty City Center Mall, ceilings in various states of decay, and the beautiful community gardens of Dresden, Germany. I came away with a deeper insight into her visual goals and a great respect for her ability to achieve them.
Next up was yours truly.
Chuck had asked us to bring three pieces showing a range of styles and I tried to comply. As usual I was nervous, but even if all I accomplished was proving that I can do more than one thing, the afternoon was a success.
It was doubly good to meet Josh Sutton and get a peek into the world of digital sculpting and 3-D printing. Josh virtually sculpts forms for the toy industry and brought along some of his production successes with him. He also gave me a heads-up regarding something called cell vinyl paint. I’m always on the lookout for possible new media so thanks Josh!
Photographer and friend Bob Studzinsky showed up with his camera, which was lucky since I needed a ride home. Sometimes things really do just fall into place.
The Art 360 jugguernaught continues to move forward in ways no one could have predicted a year ago. Chuck even brought along lunch for all the attendees.
Being an artist means constantly meeting new people and having adventures you never thought you’d have.