All posts in "Arts"

Designer spends each day’s 86,400 seconds well

By Cathryn Wellner / September 25, 2015

His mother was murdered when Elvis De Leon was 16 years old. He could have turned to gang violence. Instead, he turned to design and became a successful graphic designer. John X. Carey produced a short film, set in the gritty streets of Harlem, in which Elvis de Leon compares living purposefully to starting each […]


Meet ten talented lifers

By Cathryn Wellner / September 21, 2015

These ten women are in prison for life without the possibility of parole. Their identities are reduced to the numbers assigned their cases and the convictions that put them behind bars. But these Muncy State Prison inmates want people to understand they are not just convicted criminals. They are women with hopes, fears and sorrows. […]


Puppets bring a street performer and an aging activist together

By Cathryn Wellner / August 7, 2015

Ricky Syers has been performing on New York streets for years. He got tired of working as a laborer, turned to music, then began creating puppets that make even harried grownups slow down to watch. Recently, the 50-year-old performer met Doris Diether and made a marionette of the 86-year-old activist. The friendship blossomed, and now […]


David Zinn’s fabulous street art

By Cathryn Wellner / July 29, 2015

David Zinn, please move to Kelowna, British Columbia. I am in love with your street art. Sigh. I know how unlikely that is. You create that oh-so-temporary chalk art in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You cannot be everywhere, but thanks to IndieGogo your art will reach a wider audience. I love the whimsy of your art, […]


Turning brokenness into art

By Cathryn Wellner / July 6, 2015

In Japan a small but dedicated cadre of skilled craftsman take the shards of broken pottery, paint their edges with lacquer, trace the break lines with gold, and make them whole again. Rather than trying to hide the break lines, they celebrate them. A piece once shattered becomes a work of art. Kintsugi (golden joinery) […]


Pianos in downtown parks

By Cathryn Wellner / July 3, 2015

Festivals Kelowna is trying something new. This summer our small British Columbia city has five public pianos in the downtown core. Anyone can play them, and people do. The musicians range from those who have barely mastered Chopsticks to professional performers. Everyone is welcome. Keystone Music found the instruments. The pianos were painted funky colors […]


Art flows through this girl’s soul, onto the canvas and into her poetry

By Cathryn Wellner / June 26, 2015

  Nature was her teacher, and Akiane Kramarik absorbed everything. Home schooled in rural Illinois, with no television or radio to disrupt her explorations, she was only four when she began drawing her visions in extraordinary creations, using whatever materials were at hand. At six she was painting. By seven she was writing poetry. Though […]


Dancer, cellist, and singer improvise magic

By Cathryn Wellner / June 24, 2015

Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones steps onto the TED2015 stage. Joshua Roman draws the bow across his cello’s strings. Vocalist, composer and culturist Somi leans into the microphone. What follows is extraordinary. Together they improvise “The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain”. Like jazz musicians, the three artists pick up on each other’s music […]


Watch out! Granny’s got a spray can

By Cathryn Wellner / June 3, 2015

They set out with spray paints, stencils, creativity and determination. Their intent is to enliven some of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods. What is groundbreaking is that they are seniors, not youth. LATA 65 is an initiative designed by Cowork Lisboa in partnership with Wool – Covilhã Urban Art Festival. The intergenerational project brings together Lisbon, Portugal’s young […]


Love those imperfect bodies

By Cathryn Wellner / April 20, 2015

Media images of perfection aside, the people walking around our neighbourhoods represent all the variations of body types and insecurities. “I’m not good enough” is a phrase running on a loop through our minds. Photographers Liz LaVorgna and Shanta Crowley of Brattleboro, Vermont want to break that loop with Perfect Imperfection, a photography and spoken […]

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