Carl Vanderheyden – Just Do It

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Have you ever heard of the phrase, “just do it?” Well our guest today actually did it. Bird In The Wings welcomes sculptor, Carl Vanderheyden, to the podcast for a fantastic discussion about getting up and doing it!

Carl is the founder of Fine Steel Art and is an in demand artist whose metal sculptures of creatures, both imagined and real, reside all over NE Wisconsin and beyond! Including the brand new Phoenix Statue at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

You don’t want to miss this discussion about learning through doing, and the possibility of discovering yourself as an artist at any time in your life. Happy Listening!

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About Our Guest:

After working 30 years as a carpenter, Carl Vanderheyden, learned how to work a “liquid metal, fire spitting machine” and now produces masterpieces. Carl works with steel to create metal sculptures to combine the beauty of rustic steel with the essence of people, animals and nature. He is the founder of Fine Steel Art, and his sculptors now live all over NE Wisconsin, and beyond. To learn more about Carl, and to see more of his work visit FineSteelArt.com 

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The UW-Green Bay Phoenix Statue now lives on the UW-Green Bay Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gregory Frederic – Crewl Art

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Bird in the Wings goes Crewl!

CrewlArt that is, because in this episode, Kelli sits down with local visual artist & founder of CrewlArt, Gregory Frederic. They discuss his artistic journey from Haiti all the way to Green Bay, as well as the inspiration behind his striking pieces. Happy Listening!

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Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Gregory Frederic uses color to chronicle every single day. In 2008 he was mentored by successful Haitian artists to start his career painting ‘still life’ subject matter in oil paint.  He began working as a muralist for the World Health Organization and sold commissioned paintings. Later he would change mediums, and develop his own special techniques with acrylics. He relocated to Green Bay in 2013, and now lives with his family while managing CrewlArt, which comes from his childhood nickname, “Crewl.” Frederic continues adding to his list of satisfied collectors and represents local artists at fine art fairs and galleries throughout the country.

To learn more about Gregory, and to view his work, visit CrewlArt.com

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United ReSisters – The First Winter

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Bird In The Wings is so excited to welcome two UW-Green Bay students who are members of the United ReSisters, Yasmin Nur & Nadifo Kasim, to discuss their new book, The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts. The United ReSisters of Green Bay are a group of young Somali-American women who aspire to create positive change and visibility in our community through education, activism, artistry, and sisterhood.

In this episode, Kelli sits down with Yasmin & Nadifo to discuss joining the United ReSisters, their lives as Somali-Americans, goals for the future, and the visual art they have created. Plus, they also each share a piece they have written from their book, The First Winter. 

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About Our Guests:

The United ReSisters are a group of Somali-American Women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit Green Bay community, and overall a more peaceful world. The girls chose the name “United ReSisters” as they would like this group to portray the ultimate sisterhood: bonding together to resist hate, prejudice, and misunderstanding while doing so through education, resilience, and love. To learn more about the United ReSisters visit UnitedReSisters.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook

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The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts is a trailblazing collection of reflections, conversations, letters, lists, and poems about their experiences as refugees and journeys to the United States. The First Winter is a celebration of homelands old and new: where these girls come from, where they are, where they’re going, and everywhere the power of family and friendship to make the unbearable bearable, meaningful, and even joyful. The First Winter is available for purchase now at Two Shrews Press

 

 

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Andrew Linskens & Cujo: Art-Hop Collective

Season 2 continues with Bird in the Wings’ first delve into the world of hip-hop! Yas! In this episode, Kelli chats with visual artist, Andrew Linskens, and hip-hop musician, Cujo. They discuss their respective lives as working artists and creatives, as well as their collaborations in the Art-Hop Collective. Demonstrating the power of the meeting of music and art, up-close and personal, from beginning to end.

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About Our Guests:

Andrew Linskens is a local visual artist working in a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums including painting, drawing, animation and sculpture. Visit AndrewLinskens.com and follow on Instagram to learn more and to view his work!

 

 

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About Our Guests:

Cujo is a hip-hop musician and performer who has released two full length albums, Power of the Paragraph, and Rise, both available to stream and purchase HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Beau Thomas: Across the Tracks (and Back Again)

Season 2 of Bird in the Wings kicks off with Kelli sitting down to chat with local artist and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alum, Beau Thomas. Listen as Kelli & Beau take us through his journey from train graffiti and brushes with the law, to degrees in Fine Art & Graphic Design, and founding his own company – Trackside Design LLC. You don’t want to miss this fantastic discussion!

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Beau Thomas is an artist and designer specializing in murals, paintings and graphic design. He now owns and operates his company – Trackside Design LLC. He has completed projects for Red Bull, Badger State Brewing Company and the Green Bay Area Public School District. His paintings have been shown in exhibits across the country.

 

Visit TracksideDesign.com and follow on Instagram & Facebook to learn more and to see his work!

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Shanna Koltz: Capturing Images or Building Them?

In this episode, Kelli chats with photographer Shanna Koltz from De Pere, WI. Shanna and Kelli talk about the ways in which photography is beautiful even when it’s haunting. Tune in and hang out as the ladies delve into the world of art.

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Shanna Koltz is the owner of Koltz Photography and Studio Rouge in De Pere, WI. She photographs client sessions, fashion, and events. To see more of her work, visit ShannaKoltz.com or go to KoltzPhotography.com for more info on private sessions.

 

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Rivett and Young: The Path to Becoming an Artist

This bittersweet podcast started as a chance for Kelli to sit down with two creative minds, Jim Rivett and Shelly Young, to discuss art and life. We are saddened to now post this episode after learning of Jim’s passing. During this episode, Kelli was given the opportunity to meet with Jim and Shelly Young to talk about finding self-satisfaction and genuine joy, both in their careers and personal lives.

What began as a deep but upbeat conversation has now become a reflection and celebration of the talent that this world has lost. Please keep Rivett’s friends and family in your thoughts as you listen to the wonderful dialogue these three got the chance to share. Thank you, Jim, for the beauty and knowledge you shared during your time with us.

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About our Guests: Jim Rivett (August 16, 1958 – August 23, 2018)

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Maybe it’s because he was a junk-picking junkie who was addicted to scouring curb sides, attics, and flea markets for creative inspiration.Or maybe it’s just that he had dangerously high levels of adrenaline. Whatever the reason, Jim had an uncanny ability to quickly bypass clutter and zero in on missed treasures, like a brand’s authentic value proposition, for instance.

A Green Bay native, Jim’s earliest ambition was to become a serious painter until post-graduate study at the New York School of Visual Arts fueled his interest in design. While he always continued to sketch and take to the canvas, he was more often than not inactivity-challenged, which accounts for his 30+ years of success in advertising.

Don’t be fooled by Jim’s gentle spirit and soft-spoken manner. He had a wicked sense of humor and took pleasure in finding the most outrageous ways of achieving fun daily. Not to mention he was a man of profound integrity.

About our Guests: Shelly Young

shelly_biosAfter 10 years of producing numerous successful series at Wisconsin Public Television-PBS, while simultaneously contributing to various independent films and videos, Shelly met Jim in the aisle of an antique store. The rest, as they say, is history.

Shelly is the junk-picking yin to Jim’s yang. The Myrna Loy of antiquing to Jim’s William Powell. Full-time, however, she’s KHROME’s ace producer who believes “making moving pictures is the greatest job on earth” (and we’re all thankful she does). Using keen observation skills, Shelly develops full-bodied, client-reflective content, then cheerfully shepherds video projects from creative conception to complex completion, all while remaining radiantly composed in Bakelite bangles.

Despite the Tellys and Emmys on her shelves, Shelly’s true joy comes from her three fur babies and French vanilla iced coffee (hold the sugar, no cream). And anything chartreuse. Oh, and that vintage Blenko vase. On that divine mid-century table. With Russel Wright dinnerware.

Kent Hutchison (Part 2): Do We Define Art, or Does Art Define Us?

This is the second part to the interview with local artist Kent Hutchison. Relax, laugh, and listen as Kelli and Kent discuss the future of art and how it shapes our culture. They also break down the long, yet worth, while processes that Kent goes through as an artist.

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About Our Guest: Kent Hutchison

ImageFormally educated in biology and visual arts, Kent’s work is a critical study of the merger of these two disciplines. Kent’s subjects range from animals and humans to abstract representations of emotion and energy. Kent derives a lot of the inspiration for his work through observing nature. “The closer we look into nature the more that is revealed to us about human truths. In a world often plagued by miscommunication and confusion it is important for us to look to nature for guidance, inspiration, and peace.” Kent lives in WI with his family.

Kent is fascinated in understanding the dynamic relationship the Arts play in affecting large scale systems such as community, society, and economy. This has led to a path of public art advocacy that has strongly shaped the course of his career.

 

Kent Hutchison (Part 1): Can Art Change a Community?

In this episode, Kelli interviews local artist Kent Hutchison. The two go all the way back to Kent’s origins as an artist and discuss the relationship between art and community. How does education help shape this kind of work, and how can we do better? This is part one, so stay tuned for part two in April!

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About Our Guest: Kent Hutchison

ImageFormally educated in biology and visual arts, Kent’s work is a critical study of the merger of these two disciplines. Kent’s subjects range from animals and humans to abstract representations of emotion and energy. Kent derives a lot of the inspiration for his work through observing nature. “The closer we look into nature the more that is revealed to us about human truths. In a world often plagued by miscommunication and confusion it is important for us to look to nature for guidance, inspiration, and peace.” Kent lives in WI with his family.

Kent is fascinated in understanding the dynamic relationship the Arts play in affecting large scale systems such as community, society, and economy. This has led to a path of public art advocacy that has strongly shaped the course of his career.