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Tell us a bit about yourself….

Hi! I’m Micha Goolsby and I am a professional musician, songwriter and teacher living in the Dallas area.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

I guess people (including myself) and the forces that drive them are my main inspiration. Other than that:

1. Great literature
2. Great visual art
3. Great performances (dance, theatre, opera, other types of stage shows)

I would say that nature inspires me, and it does, but it’s more like nature is a place where I find quiet and am able to think about the things that inspire me. Nature is a catalyst, of sorts, for creation.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

A long, loooong time. 🙂 I started writing songs because my dad did and I thought he was cool, so why not do something cool like him? Over time, I grew to appreciate other songwriters and forms of art.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I want to take over the WORLD! No, seriously- I’d like to travel the world and tour and play my music as well as play keys and sing with other bands. I also am interested in acting and the stage, so I would like to both write and perform in professional-level theatre (including opera!)

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

Well, my artistry includes quite a lot other than my singer-songwriter self such as theatre, opera, writing, jazz singing and jazz piano and dancing. Other than those things, I like to cook and I really enjoy painting and drawing. I have a mild interest in politics, especially those that promote a sustainable economy, so I do spend a good bit of my time researching and promoting sustainability and the people that support those ideas.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

When I went to an art and coffee at It’s A Grind and met Deb Driscoll and auditioned for Girlshow three years ago!!! Since then, I’ve been very blessed to have met so many talented people and I’m even more blessed to call quite a few of them my friends!

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

michagoolsby.bandcamp.com

If you like the music, you can buy a digital copy at the above address or I will be selling c.d.s (and maybe other merch!) at Girlshow. 🙂

How can someone contact you?

The best way to get in touch with me is through email- please email me at micha.goolsby@gmail.com

Tell us a bit about yourself….

My name is Kathryn Petroff, and I am the owner of KLP Fine Art. I work as a full time artist/muralist, creating custom murals and portraits for residential and commercial clients. I also create and sell my own creative gallery works in oils and conte. I relocated a few years ago from my home town of Dallas to the small mountain community of Bailey, CO and travel between the two areas for projects.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

It’s a bit broad, but life inspires me. I don’t have to force an idea. Life just happens, and I pull from that. My style definitely combines an edginess that influenced me growing up in Dallas along with the peacefulness of nature that I am surrounded by today. I love layering visuals and their meanings in my paintings to mimic the complex layers of memories I hold onto.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

Well, I would assume I’ve been creating my entire life…at least, as long as I can remember. I grew up in a family of artists, and that was just part of everyday life in our house. It was how we bonded and shared ideas. When I went off to college, the question was never, “Are you going to major in Business or Science?” It was, “Are you majoring in Visual Arts or Dance?” I have always had great support with my creative endeavors, and there was never a question that this is simply who I am.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I think the dreams of becoming rich and famous are a bit silly to hope for, and typically mean you are just good at following the trend of the moment. I just want to paint what I feel and know that it has inspired someone, whether it’s to look at something in a new way or to keep pushing in their own creativity. I’m going to paint regardless of if I sell work or not. It’s my oxygen, and I can’t live without it.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

My husband and I are big nature fanatics. (Obviously. Not many people would pick up and move to the woods.) We hike every second possible, backpack, camp, bike, etc. Our one year old son comes right along with us and is so much fun to watch exploring the mountains. Darkroom Photography and Dance have always been dear to my heart as well, and you can see many visuals from them pulled into my artwork.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first experience with ArtLoveMagic was several years ago, right after I had just started my business. I saw an online ad for an event they were having at the Janette Kennedy Gallery, and I contacted them to see if I could get involved. They were super positive and asked me to be part of the show. When I showed up people kept coming up to me saying, “Oh, you’re the conte chick!” I later found out that most of my art buddies from high school and college were already involved in their events too. It just felt like a good match from the beginning.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

My website is http://www.klpfineart.com. You can also find KLP Fine Art on Facebook and YouTube.

How can someone contact you?

You can email me at Kathryn@klpfineart.com or contact me through my website.

Tell us a bit about yourself….

I am Anastasia Tillman (Stasi). I am 13 years old. I draw and dance. My goal in life is to give glory to the Lord, Jesus Christ, and to touch people’s hearts through my art.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

God inspires me to create. Watching masters of art perfect their craft and share their creativity gives me desire to improve. I have had amazing teachers who help me improve artistically.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I have been drawing and painting for 11 years. I have been drawing in pencil for the past two and a half years. Ever since I could remember I always wanted to draw, and draw, and draw! I used to wake up early in the morning and sit down at the coffee table and draw for hours. God gave me love for this art.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I want my art to glorify God, who is the perfect Creator of this world’s beauty. As an artist, my greatest honor and achievement would be to come as close as posssible to reflecting His originally perfected creation.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I am a ballerina.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I participated in Marinela Talent. It was an amazing first experience.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

GivingGodGlory.org

How can someone contact you?

By calling Olga (Stasi’s Mom) at 714-356-6093
By sending email to bondservant@givinggodglory.org
By visiting GivingGodGlory.org
By liking Facebook page at facebook.com/GivingGodGloryStasi

Stasi was introduced to ArtLoveMagic by Jason Kinney, who is now Stasi’s teacher. Kathryn Petroff taught Stasi before him while she lived in Texas. She now resides in Colorado. Read Kathryn Petroff’s blog next!

Re-Visit (the Moment)

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” –Georgia O’Keeffe

We live between the walls of traffic and corporations, above a floor of concrete and asphalt, below a roof of skyscrapers and bridges. Dallas, similar to every other major city, is fast-paced: fast cars, fast food, fast technology, even those taking their daily walks are power walking. We shoot our espresso and take elevators to save time.

But 600 miles away, time moves slow, so slow you wonder if it’s moving at all. 600 miles away stretches blue skies so wide that you forget the earth is round. 600 miles away mountains reach so tall they look to touch the sky; like fingers, they pull the clouds into stands of white wisps that expand across the entire horizon. 600 miles away, Georgia O’Keeffe found a moment, a moment in time when she looked across the New Mexican landscape and she stopped as the vast skies to the smallest bones and fake flowers from country stores became her world.

Born to a farm on Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Georgia would explore seven states before she discovered New Mexico in 1917 as she paused on a road trip home to Texas from Colorado. Another 22 years after that until she made New Mexico her own in 1949 until she passed away in 1986. During her travels across America, Georgia produced over 1,000 pieces of work, from still-life oil paintings to charcoal drawings (which caught the eye of Alfred Stieglitz of New York’s 291 art gallery in 1916, landing Georgia her first one-person show in 1917). As a woman who was well traveled in her country, her art obviously reflecting this, Georgia became frustrated with the “Great American” movement, criticizing her peers for claiming their works were exemplary “American” pieces when very few of the artists and writers had never crossed the Hudson. This spurred Georgia into a series involving red, whites and blues, her own “Great American” work from an artist that had traveled vast majorities of her country and had come to known it intimately.

Long critiqued for the sensuality of her color palette and focus on the curvy centers of floral, Georgia has retorted her critics obtrusive thoughts on her work as much as she denies the symbolism of death in her bone paintings: “I merely like the shapes,” Georgia insisted.

As we rewind, we see that, unlike many artists, Georgia O’Keeffe’s focus was not on an upheaval of emotion and symbolism of her countless moves and sultry relationship with landscape and husband Stieglitz. Instead, Georgia’s work inspires us with the simplicity of that is around us as she simply loved that around her: the curves of bones from the New Mexican floor, a friend and a tree that friend used to sit below, and the moment you are still despite the world moving fast around you, lost deep in between a flower’s petals and stigma.

–Chelsea Miller

Re-Play

In the late 1960s, deep in the New York City nights, in a tower above the flashing lights, an Andean flute played over WNEW-FM and this voice flowed from its perch, through a microphone and into the ears 78,000 thirsty and desirous listeners: “The flutter of wings, the shadow across the moon, the sounds of the night, as the Nightbird spreads her wings and soars, above the earth, into another level of comprehension, where we exist only to feel. Come, fly with me, Alison Steele, the Nightbird, at WNEW-FM, until dawn.”

From there, a constant flow of Jefferson Airplane and the Hawkwind would flow through the radio, the necessary commercials and Alison’s voice sneaking in between songs to enlighten the listener to the title, track and artist, acting as a branch from one piece to the next.

Since its downfall in the 50s, the simple elegance of the human voice began being replaced by moving pictures, forcing radio show producers to become more and more selective with the personalities they chose to represent their stations. In the 60s, WNEW-FM, a progressive rock station out of New York City, sought to redevelop their late-night programming by bringing on all female disc-jockeys. From the 800 sorted through for the position, four were chosen, with only one lasting longer than the eighteen month experiment. Alison Steele, born Ceil Loman, rose as a phoenix from the ashes, designated herself “The Nightbird” and assumed her perch from ten to two at the top of the WNEW tower.

As a disc jockey, Alison’s medium was people, her voice the necessary concrete between the musician and listener; her words enhancing the bizarre beats and sounds of the space rock most known to play during her sessions; her presence a steady beacon for insomniacs and those just getting off the late-night shift.

With over twenty years of air time and such a dedicated set of followers, it was not a surprise when Alison was inducted into Cleveland’s Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and in ’76 was the first female to be granted Billboard’s personality of the year. What was a surprise was how much she struggled to gain equality in the radio world, how little she was paid, and how she clung on to every penny in order to support herself as a single mother and to pay for her chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. But despite all of this, Alison is a remembered presence in the radio world, with an innovational music collection that even Jimi Hendrix turned his ears to.

As we rewind, we remember a voice, solid in the evaporating city nights and transient sounds that filtered from the radio to the ears of insomniac listeners. A voice as sweet and elusive as a bird, flying through the dark and bringing those listening hard enough for its sounds from dusk to dawn. Alison Steele grew in the imagination of her listeners as she spent her life as the Nightbird replaying the sounds of progressive and space rock and bringing the worlds of performers and fans together over the eerie sounds of the city at night.

Further reading on Alison Steele.

–Chelsea Miller

Re-Late

“There is no ‘you’ or ‘I.’ It’s not hierarchical or a battle of the sexes or us versus them. That thinking is so old and due for a sabbatical. People tend to draw battles of us versus them. The sublime versus the emotional. I find that to be off the mark because it just totally misses the big picture… It’s about fear of difference and wanting to destroy it. From road rage to war, the behavior is not that dissimilar. Whether it is a battle around issues of race or aesthetics, it’s all nuts.” –Barbara Kruger

This is not a critique on Barbara Kruger’s work and life as an artist. This is not a critique because it cannot be a critique. A critique breaks down the meaning: asks what the artist is saying, questions why he/she added the colors in the order that they did, attempts to connect with the piece, whether positively or negatively. So this can’t be a critique, because Barbara Kruger has already beaten me, and every other critic, to the punch: her art blatantly asks you, your significant other sitting on the couch next to you, your entire culture, to critique itself, to allow emotion to flow where it does when presented with her color pallet, to connect with yourself and reconnect with the world around you.

We all have our weaknesses, one that Barbara admits of herself is her lack of math skills, forcing her original dream of architecture down the drain. But this loss has not held Barbara back from playing with floors, billboards, and sides of buildings. Her art, a mixture of images, sometimes distorted and disturbing, and words stretched across large spaces force the onlooker to become an interactive part of the work, similar to the idea of architecture. Barbara’s use of words are most known in the form of declarative phrases or interrogating questions, slapped on to black and white photographs with chunks of red breaking up the image and highlighting the statements and questions Barbara poses to her audience.

While making her fame as a feminist and political artist, Barbara argues that her work is more about the struggle of power on a universal scale “from the museum to the boardroom”, Barbara states. Anything less than the broad spectrum narrows down the reality of the onlooker.

At the age of 22, Barbara catapulted her career in the form of her book “Pictures/Readings”, “where photographs of the exteriors of buildings and placed them on the left page, and then on the right page included a narrative text describing some relationship, dialogue, dilemma, or dramatic scene. The narrative informed the pictures, and the pictures in turn validated the narrative as having time and space; otherwise, these two elements would seem un-anchored, floating in a conceptual world of abstract data.”[1]

From there Barbara reformed her technique with words, shortening the narratives to simple phrases, thus leading to the work she is most popular for: the image and textual overlays that were found stretched across entire rooms of museums and plastered on billboards and the sides of warehouses. Her career has seen essays, journalistic endeavors, books, and theatrical interactive art concepts. As New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl says of [Barbara] Kruger: “She does for the world’s verbal-visual, manipulative racket what Richard Wagner did for the Teutonic unconscious, making it sing its insane heart out. Kruger is a very good artist [recognizing that] . . . what can sell soap can smash sexism.” [2]

When it comes to Barbara Kruger, we cannot rewind, nor look ahead. Instead, Barbara forces us to stand in the present, surrounding us with timeless images and the eternal struggle of power, not only telling us the nature of her work, but asking us the nature of our life. In one fell swoop, Barbara makes a statement on how she sees society internally struggling with itself and presenting questions that force us to find the answers ourselves. But despite any question, any critique, of herself, ourselves, or society as a whole (from “who prays the loudest?” to “who laughs last?”)  Barbara is merely asking us to understand the only way to begin to change is if we begin to relate.

–Chelsea Miller

 

Re-Build

Yasmen Lari is the Sudoku(TM) champion of the Pakistani architectural world. And not just one of the ones who can fly through the easy-level problems. No, she’s a conqueror of the back-page-evil-level puzzles that only have three squares filled in and make the New York Times Sunday crosswords look like child’s play. The three squares? Being a female architect focusing on creating sustainable solutions for rural communities continuously struggling with losing their homes due to natural disasters. Her solution? “… To undertake different kinds of tasks as an architect—designing state of the art buildings for the corporate sector; working in informal settlements and low-income housing with focus on women’s needs; advocacy, research, and conservation for heritage projects along with writing monographs and training manuals; working in post-disaster communities with a concentration on sustainable shelter and women’s economic empowerment. The latest work is in zero-carbon-footprint construction (using lime, bamboo and adobe/mud) that is also Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) compliant. It is my effort to bring out-of-the-box solutions to the table. By mobilizing student volunteers and artisans through training (and the creation of the Mobile Barefoot Karavan Teams) we are in the process of helping communities to become strong and resilient to withstand the next floods themselves.”

While Yasmen is not a woman of the past, her country is slightly behind the times when it comes to architectural development and gender equality, making Yasmen a woman ahead of her time, despite the present era she is working in. Growing up in the house of a bureaucrat, Yasmen remembered her father’s words on the limited number of architects and planning professionals when she went to study in England at the age of fifteen and chose to focus on architecture.

After years of private practice and an increasing mountain of research on the history and heritage of Pakistan piling up between Yasmen and her husband, Suhail, Yasmen left the architectural realm to devote herself to her writing, research and promotion of the 7,000 years of heritage rooted in her home country. However, this departure of private practice by no means meant the sacrifice of architectural possibilities. Instead, Yasmen has channeled both her love of design and devotion to her homeland by way of developing around the “design challenges” created by low-income housing and enabling those effected by natural disasters by presenting them with more resilient housing and the respect of working with them rather than providing mere charity.

While we are not rewinding to look into Yasmen’s life, her constant efforts to draw from Pakistan’s heritage in order to aid her country’s future only stimulates those inspired by her to look ahead in attempt to benefit their local communities through their artistic passions.
Read more on Yasmen Lari in a full interview with Dwell Magazine.

–Chelsea Miller