Featured Artist: Katie Buckman

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Katie Buckman is a nature photographer with Evergreen & Aspen Nature Photography. She creates modern painterly images inspired by classical paintings and the world around us through her Childrens eyes. A life-long creative both classically and self-taught (the education addiction is real!). You will find her on evergreenandapen.com, minted.com and in some Michael’s stores. When not chasing her two little monsters, you’ll find her obsessing about all-the-things interiors or snuggling with her kitties. If the stars align, she will be out on a date with her handsome husband in their city of Denver, Colorado.     How did the arts […]

Featured Artist: Laura Pretto Vargas

Laura Pretto Vargas

Italo-Brazilian artist Laura Pretto Vargas makes abstract and figural paintings that explore feelings of vulnerability, happiness, energy and sexuality. Using mostly acrylic and sometimes oil, Vargas builds the surface of her large-scale canvases with densely textured brush marks and bursts of bold color. Informed by her background in fashion and international travel, Vargas weaves together different forms of creative expression in a variety of styles. As a result, each painting pulses with universal human emotions, providing a shared space for connection and reflection. Vargas lives and works in Milan and Miami. This month at Agora Gallery, Vargas will be part […]

Featured Artist: Jerry Anderson

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Jerry Anderson is an artist based in Healdsburg, CA. His paintings are an expression of his appreciation for the mysteries of life, the cosmos and the continual dance of male and female energies. Working in acrylic on canvas, Anderson creates abstract compositions that sensuously pair color with form. Series of undulating contours and cascading crevices give life to anthropomorphic shapes and elements from the natural world that seem to extend beyond the picture plane. Informed by extensive travels to exotic locales like Morocco, Turkey and the American southwest, Anderson’s paintings explore manifestations of the archetypal female image. As a result, […]

Featured Artist: Carlo Proietto

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  Italian artist Carlo Proietto creates graphic imagery through the age-old technique of pyrography. Using a heated metallic point, the artist wields fire into clean lines and crisp forms to compose contemporary designs. His monochromatic creations, which are at times offset by solitary splashes of color, convey deep passions and forms of expressionism within figurative and surrealistic styles. Working mostly in a square format, the artist renders boxlike montages which mimics the layout of a modern graphic novel. Within these vignettes, we see glimpses of universal themes like humans struggling with the mechanisms of the outer world, such as the […]

Chasten Harmon on Art as an Outlet, Intuition, and Defining Values

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In The Interview: Episode #14, Ciara Pressler interviews Chasten Harmon, actress, entrepreneur, and advocate. Chasten and Ciara talk about… Her business Plush Armour Community spaces Healing as a person of color during these particularly challenging times The state of the entertainment industry Channeling anxiety, frustration, and tragedy into art Arming the spirit and soul and using violent and dramatic metaphors to talk about creating peace Chasten Harmon is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a […]

Book Brief: Creative Careers by B. Jeffrey Madoff

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Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas B. Jeffrey Madoff Hachette Go, 2020 The Idea Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience. Born from Madoff’s popular seminar Creative Careers at Parsons School of Design in New York, he draws from interviews with huge names in creativity as well as a lifetime career in fashion and film. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you. […]

A Troubling Tony Winner

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The very first show I had my name on as a producer on Broadway was called The Scottsboro Boys.  Those of you in the theatre may have heard of it, but many people will not know the show because it only ran for two months on Broadway and while almost every interview I have done has asked me about how I became a producer, I have never been asked about why I decided to raise money for that show. For those who have never heard of the show, it was a musical that dealt with the famous Scottsboro case in which 9 Black […]

Cutting the Cord

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2015: I had no idea I was making a huge business mistake… I was officially a full-time photographer and I signed a lease on a beautiful studio because professional photographers need a studio space right? Mind you at the time I had NO revenue, NO clients, and NO marketing strategy. You might be laughing to yourself, but every day I talk to freelancers, founders and solopreneurs making a different version of this same mistake. “FIRST I NEED……” You might think you need the perfect website, or one more round of revision, the right connections, the right gear, the right representation, […]

Jelani Memory on A Kids Book About, Startup Funding, and Following Your Purpose

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Jelani Memory started a tech company, raised 30 million in venture capital, and left it at the height of its success to start… a publishing company. We asked Jelani about his startup successes, his new company A Kids Book About, and why going analogue in a digital world is a move worth making. What is your mission behind A Kids Book About? We are on a mission to make kids books that matter. Books that are about all the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids’ lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and […]

My Career Story: Dan Hawk, Photographer

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Name: Dan Hawk Current Job: Dan Hawk Photography, LLC Current Place: Portland, Oregon  Hometown: A small town in Southern Oregon called Myrtle Point Age: 45 What I wanted to be when I grew up: A Fighter Pilot College degree: BS in Music from Western Oregon University What do you love about what you do? In previous careers, I was either selling a product or service that was intended to fit a lot of different types for customers, which meant it wasn’t the perfect fit for most.    When I started my photography career, that was one thing I decided I […]