Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lisa Solar, Visual Artist Celebrates Solo Show at The Saw Room Gallery



Visual artist Lisa Solar celebrates an upcoming solo show at the Saw Room in The Alley Gallery, July 15 - Aug. 16, opening receptions Saturday, July 22, 5-8 p.m., and August 5, 5-8 p.m.

In this interview we talk about the body of work on display in her show "The Game" which includes an installation of works in progress that involve Solar's color practice. The Saw Room Gallery offers an intimate space to view numerous new works by Solar, curated by Darren Oberto and Ross Martens of The Alley Gallery


From the Saw Room website: This current body of work by Lisa Solar reflects her interest in the game of Formal Painting.  Each piece represents a challenge to pinpoint the precise moment in which the relationship between dissonance and harmony becomes unstable, using the least number of moves.  The works can be considered a record of sequences, and rely on a formulaic set of opening moves.  As in chess, a few reliable restrictions or combinations have the potential to propagate into infinite diverging results. See more at  thesawroom.com




In the current body of work I am exploring color relationships via forms that hover between biomorphic and geometric. Within the stricture of a handful of of typical moves (gradient color, pulsing polygons and hallucinogenic face arrangements) I feel for the line between dissonance and harmony and push and pull colors back and forth over it.

My method of working is handed down from the Bauhaus school of color theory and leans heavily on making empirical choices and continually reacting to them. Through the duration of each work, I explore the link between emotive and logical response, and then advance or retreat accordingly.

Formal influences are many and always in flux. Jessica Stockholder’s work remains a constant bellwether as does Sonia Delaunay and of course, Albers (both Anni and Josef). 

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"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. Reach out to host Lisa Degliantoni at thelisadshow[at]gmail.com
 


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jessica Powers, the Author, Publisher and Superhero



Jessica (J.L.) Power's career follows an incredibly circuitous route from a PhD program in African History to launching her own publishing company to writing a YA novel with her brother Matt (M.A. Powers), Broken Circle, which will be published by Akashic Books October 2017.

This interview focuses on how Jessica (pen name J.L. Powers) weaves together her numerous talents and passions to become an award-winning author and publisher.






Below are Matt and Jessica at this year's ALA Conference in Chicago, dressed as superhero's in celebration of their debut YA Novel.

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From Akashic Books

J.L. POWERS is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is founder and editor of the online blog, The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California’s Bay Area, served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, and is launching Catalyst Press in 2017 to publish African writers. Broken Circle is her first novel written with her brother, M.A. Powers.

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Patrick Hughes, Busker and Evanston's Biggest Fan



Patrick Hughes sings with Mike Kennedy and John Adamson at Bagel Art Cafe on Tuesday mornings 8-9 a.m. (with two other talented musicians), raising money for Evanston Community Foundation and local non-profit organizations. We talk about numerous topics to include how he took his voice on the long journey from the choir at St. A’s to crooning commuters and how he can became an advocate for people living with disabilities.

Hughes owns and operates Inclusion Solutions, an Evanston business that provides the tools to make access an option for people with disabilities. He is also a board member of Evanston Mashup, an annual networking celebration for the business community.

Quote of the Show: I feel more connected when I'm in the flow of the river, not when I'm sitting on the side. -Patrick Hughes

 
"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jill King Wynn, Sculptor, is on an Evanston Odyssey



Jill King Wynn moved to Evanston around 1980 and has been on a self described "odyssey" since then, which is the title of her new sculpture installation at the Evanston Civic Center., "Evanston Odyssey".  Nestled in the southwest stair well, her sculpture climbs more than 50 up three flights of stairs, three big orbs of light and steel and fabric. July 20, the public is invited to celebrate Jill and the installation at a public reception 5-8 p.m. at the Civic Center on Ridge Ave.

Jill is a funny, smart, engaging artist who has been on a very determined and focused journey. We talk about how she persists through her field, the many places she shares her talent to include Evanston Art Center and Art Encounter and how to land public installation gigs.

See more of her work atjillkingstudio.com

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Matthew LaFleur, Illustrator and Celebrity Dad



Matthew LaFleur is an illustrator living and working in Evanston, IL. He’s funny, smart and interesting and has made a career as an illustrator This June, in collaboration with Evanston Made, LaFleur's artwork is on display at North Shore Cider, 707 Howard St. The collection of LaFleur's work includes logos and labels from Evanston Home Brew, Transient Artisanales, Middlebrow Beer, Arcade Brewery, Hop Butcher, Sketchbookbrew, as well as prints from the children's book he illustrated, The Toothless Fairy.

The public is invited to attend his artist talk on Saturday, June 17, 5-8 p.m., but in the meantime stop by the cidery during regular business hours to fill up your growler and see LaFleur's work.

From LaFleur, “Creating art has always been an integral part of my life. What started with Pac-Man doodles and maze sketches led to a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a passion for filling my world, and the world's of others, with pictures and design. These days my art takes the form of lunchbox drawings for my daughters, book and magazine layouts, custom wedding invitations, illustrations for books, sketches on napkins, and logos and designs for dozens of local businesses - especially breweries.”

Learn more about LaFleur’s journey as an illustrator at doodlematt.tumblr.com

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chris Greene, Saxophonist, Jazz Musician, Evanston Creative



Chris Greene joins us on The Lisa D Show podcast to talk about his music career playing the saxophone, from his way back in the day music theory class at ETHS to his latest album Boundary Issues.

June 9-11, see Greene live performing with the Chris Greene Quartet at Pete Millers, and see how a lifetime pursuing his craft has paid off.
Greene is a saxophonist, Vandoren Performing Artist, 1/4 of Chris Greene Quartet and Future emperor of Evanston, according to his Facebook profile.

Click here to listen to Greene play with the Chris Green Quartet.

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Aimée Beaubien at Platform



Aimée Beaubien's art installation at Platform in Evanston, "Cuttings", recreates a magical garden, inviting the public to tour generations of gardens. The installation features floor to ceiling photos of gardens and plants cut up and woven into shapes and formations, hung with rope, attached to dried lemons and other organic matter. Walking through the installation gives one the feeling of being a tiny lost creature in a magical and fantastical garden.

The public is invited this Saturday, June 3, to meet Aimée at Platform on 904 Sherman Ave., 12-7:30 p.m. Aimée is one of more than 200 visual artists participating the kick off weekend of Evanston Made, a monthlong visual arts celebration in June that turns the city of Evanston into a art gallery. Learn more at evanstonmade.com



Show notes: this interview includes background on Aimée's great grandmother's experience living through the Great Depression, insight into Rugby culture and songs about dog-butt sniffing, the evils of vines and finding your soulmate after 40.

Chicago-based artist Aimée Beaubien constructs optically perplexing arrangements from fragments of her own photographs. See more of her work at aimeebeaubien.com

Platform is a foundation for the unconstrained creative vision of Justine Bianco and Maggie Meiners.  It is our studio with a store front project space to exhibit BIG ideas. We are not a conventional gallery looking to make a buck, we are an exhibition space in which artists have creative license to get adventurous. Learn more at platform904.com



"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Kathy Halper



Meet Kathy Halper, artist and co-producer of the Nasty Women Evanston Art Fundraiser at 1100 Florence in West Evanston. Full disclosure, I'm the other producer of this event, but we keep the podcast real and I do the interviewing, walking you through why Kathy brought this event to Evanston and how you can get involved. Below is her art donation, Lying Liars Lie, available for purchase at the event.




From nastywomenevanston.org

ONE NIGHT ONLY! 
Saturday, June 3  Join us! Through art we can raise awareness, raise money, raise our voices and raise hell! Nasty Women Evanston is inspired by the Nasty Women Exhibition in NYC and the growing number of sister shows all over the world supporting women’s causes. 

Saturday, June 3 from 6-9 this one night only special event takes place at 1100 Florence in Evanston. All art will be priced at $100! 100% of our proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. So let’s get nasty together! Join us to make and support art for a great cause. 



Help Nasty Women Evanston Raise $10,000! Buy Custom Commemorative Poster by Diana Sudyka!

We are so excited to offer this beautiful 11"x17" art poster by Chicago illustrator Diana Sudyka to memorialize our Nasty Women Evanston Art Exhibition! She's designed posters for Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Neko Case, The Black Keys and us!!!
We are offering it for $40 here on the website. All proceeds (minus printing costs) will go Planned Parenthood. We are encouraging all artists and event goers and supporters to buy it now! Your copy will be waiting for you at the event!

We will have a limited edition of prints available to the public on June 3 but expect them to fly out the door quickly!

Click below to reserve your copy now.

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100 years ago, I had a live talk radio show in El Paso, TX, "The Lisa D Show" on KHRO 1650 AM. Live, call-in radio is where it's at; I LOVED the spontaneity and silliness of conversations with strangers.


Fast Forward to 2017 in Evanston, IL, "The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

I interview the creatives, the people who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts are posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

Mostly recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford.1100 Florence is a former Polish meat shop, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

Harvey Pranian Celebrates 30 Years of YEA Day


Harvey Pranian celebrates 30 years as the director and founder of Young Evanston Artists, YEA Day on May 20, 10a-4p, at Raymond Park in Downtown Evanston. As a neighbor of Harvey and volunteer for YEA Day, I'm incredibly inspired by his energy and spirit and dedication to this arts celebration for kids.

We met in Harvey's home, and spoke about the history of the event and how this event influences arts programming in Evanston schools, culminating with a show of students from elementary and middle schools in Evanston.

This year's event features two performance stages, food trucks, make-and-take art activities, and more! Open to the public and free, this is one of Evanston's longest running arts festivals.

From the website: It is the mission of the Young Evanston Artists Foundation (YEA!) to provide the children of Evanston with a unique forum and experience for the exhibition and performance of their art. The Yea! goal is to nurture, enable and inspire the children we serve so that as they prepare themselves for the challenges of the future, they will do so with self-confidence, a creative spirit, and a caring heart. And in the hope of their doing so, we believe their influence will contribute to the well-being of their communities and their world.
Each year 40 +public, private and parochial schools, pre-school through high school, participate in YEA! Day. Held outdoors at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street, nearly 6000 children are involved and over 4000 people attend. Approximately 1000 children participate in the visual arts and have the experience of seeing their art displayed in an art fair atmosphere. The performing arts involve as many as 400 children, singing, playing instruments, dancing and performing.
Kids collecting donations at YEA!
YEA! is blessed with a large group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers who understand and believe in the mission, and is dependent on the generous donations of community businesses, families and individuals.
We believe strongly that the YEA! experience has a formative influence on many children to nurture, enable and inspire them with confidence, wisdom and well-being as they face the challenges of adult life.
We are happy to provide the opportunity for the expression of their creative spirit, and are truly grateful for their willingness to participate with genuine enthusiasm and trust.
Learn more at www.yeaevanston.org

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Joey Garfield



Joey Garfield on The Lisa D Show podcast, how dope is that? Joey talks about his Mound Town art show up at 1100 Florence Ave through May 20 in Evanston. Joey is inspired to create a new type of street art with mounds and skateboard sculpture, using found objects like mounds of dirt and snow and forest debris. Joey finds beauty in his natural environment and begs us all to pause, and look at things differently and fall in love with vinyl and skitching.




 Photo by Jeff Phillips


Photo by Melissa Blount

Joey Garfield Bio

Joey Garfield is an award winning filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. An Evanston native who called New York City home for almost two decades. While there he immersed himself in the Lower East Side art scene and became a founding member of the Tokyo/New York art collective The Barnstormers as well as a participant in The Beautiful Losers. His work focuses on rhythm, flow, simplicity, and attitude with a deep concentration on honoring and documenting the counter cultures of his youth which saved his life creatively and spiritually. Repurposed wood, spray paint, found objects and vinyl are the tools of his trade.

His current show at 1100 Florence Gallery is entitled Mound Town. It is an ongoing project of photographs profiling different mound characters in their natural outdoor environment. All mounds are rare because no mound is permanent.  They are made of found objects, vinyl albums, and natural mounds.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Artist Zafar Malik



Listen to a conversation with visual artist Zafar Malik recorded in his studio at the Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston. We discuss his art series on conservation created on found paper like an old catalog cover of Bloomingdale's and a Whole Foods paper bag.


 Born in Pakistan, raised in London and now living in Wilmette, Zafar has a keen sense of how many cultures live and survive. We talk about "soft cultures", nomadic cultures, intentional living, waste and rubbish and what humans "need" and so much more.

Meet Zafar Malik and see his works during the Evanston Made Artist Studio tour, June 3, 12-5p., at this artist studio in the Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston. Room 214. His work will also be on display at the Evanston Art Center, June 2-30, learn more at www.evanstonmade.com

Zafar Malik is an artist, Director of Publications and Dean for Development and University Relations at East-West University in Chicago. He is also Managing Editor of East-West University’s Center for Policy and Future Studies Journal East-West Affairs. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2000, he was based in London, England and was the Art Director of Arts & The Islamic World, a quarterly journal. He has a studio at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston where he paints regularly.

Artist Statement: Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by patterns and shapes. There’s something mystical about the natural relationship and juxtaposition of quite diverse and seemingly random elements that appeals to me. The infinite variety of color, texture, contour, and spatial organization of the natural world inform my aesthetics. I am also acutely aware of the same random pattern of my own existence – attachment, separation, longing, loss, adjustment and compromise. In my work I simply attempt to understand and relate to this profound dichotomy, harmony and balance.

Four of my current art pieces have been published in the current issue of South Asia Quarterly.

"This rich collection of short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction not only achieves Guest Editor Moazzam Sheikh’s goals but also displays the complex issues of identity and language, diaspora and migration, culture and history, gender and sexuality, experienced today by South Asian American writers. Immigrant identities are almost always in flux, but in their century-old presence in North America, South Asians have not settled on one particular approach to their diverse lives. This “unruly bunch” loves “to talk, argue, holler,” not always choosing to learn from other ethnic and racial histories. Readers, South Asians and others, will have a chance to discover themselves in the voices they hear in these pages.” --Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University.


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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni
This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Lisa D Show with William Scott Eason of The Art of Evolution Theatre






William Scott Eason founded The Art of Evolution Theatre in 2013, to provide youth of all ages and quality adult theatre experiences. a quality theatre experience by producing works that deal with the issues of religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, race, and age in a way that encompasses how we as a society have evolved on said topics.

Thursday, April 27, 7p.m., the public is invited to the Community Theatre at Family Focus (2010 Dewey Ave.) to see "Ms. JoAnn, Can You Read Me A Story?", four short plays devoted to Joann Avery's 35 years of service at at Family Focus.

Learn how Eason is teaching youth the social skills needed to thrive and be directed, in life and in theatre. Also hear how theatre is transformative for youth and the directors they works with.

Learn ore at www.artofevolutiontheatre.org

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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Bob Chiarito



We are living in the days of "fake news" and self-publishing, a landscape that makes consuming media very tricky. One man has taken it upon himself and get creative about content prodcution and write and assign stories that matter in the community he loves, Chicago. Meet Bob Chiarito of The Chicago Ambassador on This Lisa D Show, where we talk about how he strings together a career covering news for print (NOT a thing of the past) and how we finds time to chase, write and publish the stories he loves.

Bio
Chiarito is the Editor of The Chicago Ambassador, an online publication and the source for all-things Chicago. The Chicago Ambassador is published on the WordPress platform, but it is not a blog, it is a publication put together by traditional press veterans who adhere to AP Stylebook guidelines and the best practices of traditional journalism. Learn more at thechicagoambassador.wordpress.com

Chiarito is a journalist and lifelong Chicagoan. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago, (I attended SIU in Carbondale for two years before transferring to Columbia). Bob worked for The City News Bureau of Chicago, where some of the country’s best reporters got their start. (covered mostly homicides there). After City News, Bob worked for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, covering Chicago’s legal community.

Currently Bob freelances for the Chicago Tribune, Thomson Reuters, The New York Times., The Daily Herald and DNAInfo and Vice. In addition, he runs an online publication called The Chicago Ambassador, which features local stories and interviews.


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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Dick Peach



Today’s 20-minute unedited interview with Dick focuses on the Evanston Green Ball at The Levy Center Saturday on May 20, to support the Evanston Ecology Center, his early life as an artist and his current life as a columnist in the Evanston Roundtable, where he shares news and notes about fishing and Lake Michigan water conditions. You’ll be impressed with how many knowledge bombs a fisherman can drop in one conversation.

For those of you out of market Dick Peach is the Executive Secretary at Rotary Club of Evanston, Evanston Environmental Association, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, The Yellow Tractor Project, Evanston Community Foundation, proud owner of Dempster Auto Rebuilders.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com


Friday, April 7, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Christy Galyon



Listening artist Christy Galyon brings Sidewalk Talk to Downtown Evanston, Monday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Martyr’s in Chicago 5-8 p.m. The public is invited to sit for 10 minutes and talk to listening artists and be heard, for free. Being listened to is the start of good mental health.

Anyone can learn how to listen with love and get trained to be a listening artist. Find out how this project came to life, what Christy has learned about listening and how you can join in this interesting event/movement.

Learn more at sidewalktalksf.com

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Lisa D Show wtih Kristen Neveu



Kristen Neveu is a visual artist living and working in West Evanston. She is currently showing works at the Evanston Public Library, with an art reception on April 27, 6-8 p.m. Today we talk to Kristen about making room in life for creativity (as opposed to television) and the need to get art in front of people (any people). 



Evanston Public Library is showing a combination of old and new works by Kristen, abstract color formations and collages with nods to the past. A new body of work will show in West Dundee this May titled Clearing, featuring works that are smaller in size and inspired by Elton John’s song Daniel. 

Kristen is also participating in this June’s annual visual arts celebration Evanston Made, where she will open her studio to the public, show work at Evanston Art Center and show work at an area business. Visit kristenneveu.com for more information



Bio

Born in New York, and raised in Indiana and Iowa, Kristen Neveu lived in Chicago for 10+ years before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 to work for Warner Bros. In the summer of 2013, she moved back to Chicago to live in the city she loves.

Kristen graduated from The University of Iowa with majors in Communication Studies and Anthropology. A life-long artist, she's always created mixed media collages, paintings, and installations.

Her work has been exhibited at many locales across the Midwest and the West Coast, and is a part of many collections.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at https://soundcloud.com/lisa-degliantoni
This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Zoe Zolbrod




Today our conversation with writer Zoe Zolbrod focuses on balancing paid work, parenting, writing and literary citizenship. We’re also going to explore how one puts together a creative life in the hopes that we inspire others to do the same.


Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling (Curbside Splendor, 2016) and the novel Currency (Other Voices Books, 2010), which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Stir Journal, The Weeklings, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Chicago Reader, and The Rumpus, where she is the Sunday co-editor. She’s had numerous short stories and interviews with authors published, too.


As a public speaker, she’s given talks at universities, workshops, and conferences on topics such as narrative voice; the differences between writing fiction and nonfiction; balancing paid work, parenting, and writing; child sexual abuse; and writing about trauma.


Born in western Pennsylvania, Zolbrod graduated from Oberlin College and then moved to Chicago, where she received an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Program for Writers.


Aside for periods of traveling in Southeast Asia and Central America, she’s almost always worked full time, making her living as an editor of comic books, text books, and other kinds of books and educational materials, despite her difficulties with spelling and proper nouns. She lives in Evanston, IL, with her husband and two children.
Learn more about Zoe at zoezolbrod.com

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com



This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Bill Swislow




Bill Swislow, a founder and longtime executive at Cars.com, is now a digital media consultant, writer and art collector, and a lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He also operates the cultural website interestingideas.com and sits on the board of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Today’s conversation covers Bill’s early pioneering days on the internet in the early 1990s at the Chicago Tribune and his personal interest as an outsider art fan.

You can hear Bill speak at his upcoming talk at the Skokie Public Library, March 23 at 7p.m., when he talks about the outsider artist Henry Darger 125th anniversary of his birth. 

His website interestingideas.com is about outsider art, roadside art and architecture, vernacular culture, occasional political despair and really weird store names.

From Bill: Some of the most powerful art of the last 100 years has happened beyond museum walls. This “Outsider Art” is now starting to seep inside as it gains increasing acceptance even in the most conservative bastions of the art world. Find out what’s so exciting about this “art that doesn’t know its name,” created by people with no formal training but often touched with creative genius, including Chicago’s own Henry Darger (creator of the image to the right). Learn about Chicago-based Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, one of the world’s leading institutions devoted to this work.

We talk about Bill’s works as a board member at Intuit Chicago, one of the premier museums in the world dedicated to presenting self-taught art, defined as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.

We also discuss how you can become an active outsider art collector, which starts with a visit to Intuit on Milwaukee Ave. Learn more at www.art.org (great url!).

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com






Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Melissa Blount



In this interview we talk about a community arts activism project Dr. Melissa Blount, PhD is creating in Evanston, the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt. The public is invited to create this quilt together during M.E.E.T. Social Justice Sewing Circles this spring and will be on display this June in Evanston. Click here to RSVP for the next sewing circle.

From the invite: Please join MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) as we work to expand and highlight the Black Lives Matter movement here in Evanston. Recently our community was fortunate to have in our presence Seneca artist Marie Watt at Northwestern University's Block Museum. On two occasions she brought our community together around issues of equity through participatory sewing circles.

In that spirit, MEET wants to continue gathering our community to engage in social justice handwork activities and create what we are calling a Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt. We want to honor and draw attention to the lives of Black women and girls lost to violence in Chicago by incorporating their names into our community quilt.


We also discuss Melissa's work with community groups in Evanston, MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) and OPAL (The Organization for Positive Action and Leadership).

Melissa Blount is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Blount has spent over twenty years studying human behavior, specifically interested in the way racism, gender and class impact physical and psychological outcomes for communities of color. She lives in Evanston with her husband and her precious and precocious tween girl.

Learn more about Melissa at www.blountpsychology.com

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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com