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Author: Douglas Sigwarth/ Will Armstrong

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Visual Artists! You are not alone! IAP gives voice to the working artist. Inspirational and entertaining conversations with successful road show artists. Every story delves into the process of self-discovery behind the work and the career path that creates financial success. Douglas Sigwarth is a glassblower, and Will Armstrong is a mixed-media artist. Both have been working as independent artists for over 20 years on the art fair circuit. As cohosts, their contrasting experiences and styles make for comical and relatable talks that affect today’s contemporary artists.

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Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.A radio show just for art fair artists! Photographer Clifton Henri (https://www.cliftonhenri.com/) describes his entry into the art show world from his background in graphic design and art management. His journey to find his voice centered around his desire to see images he didn't see growing up. He chose to flip the script on traditional themes which highlight positiv...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.A radio show just for art fair artists! When Darryl Cox's contorted filbert did not survive, he carried around its unique limbs for years. He carved into the branches, which ultimately led to the birth of his body of work. Darryl describes his Fusion Frames as similar materials that took a different path. He shares his unique entry into the art show world, how he made ...
Need Not Apply

Need Not Apply

2024-05-2059:22

Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.A radio show just for art fair artists! Tune in this week as Douglas and Will discuss their take on topics like academics on the jury, the line between technology vs handmade, working with designers, and a review of Artisphere! It's an entire episode of nauseating banter, but we promise we'll have a guest in the next episode!EPISODE NAME DROPS@bethradtke_@kiddcer...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.We are back after three weeks on the road and have some stories to tell! Tune in this week for our reviews of Main Street Fort Worth, Southlake, and New Orleans Jazz Fest. Spoiler alert: We have weather! And we've lost Uptown! There is a lot to talk about!!EPISODE NAME DROPS@harmstonarts@causeyteri@scott.causey@andrewsovjani@ginapannorfi@spake.thomas@diane_harty_hats@d...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.William Kidd taught high school ceramics for 30 years while simultaneously pursuing his career as a professional artist. Bill credits his stable income with allowing him to create the work he wanted to make without the pressure of having to sell. He describes how his nature-based work has evolved to the point that the inspiration for his new work emanates from his own ...
Stand Up and Live!

Stand Up and Live!

2024-03-1801:04:09

Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.Whether you've been on the road for a month, like Will, or home for an extended period, like Douglas, we can all relate to feeling "stuck." In this week's conversation, we explore the advice from a hipster poet who says, "If you can't sit down and write, stand up and live!" Both cohosts share their experiences with resets and new beginnings, as well as the unexpected j...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.Since childhood, Lisa Kattenbraker has been on "A Mission for Magic" in her artwork and life. Her narrative batiks are expressions of her own experiences, often tinged with nostalgia as she explores her past, her ancestors, her role as a mother and grandmother, and literally sews stories together with ancestral threads. In this conversation, she shares the myster...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.When Christopher Jefferies caught the glassblowing bug in high school, he charted a course that would ultimately result in building his own glass shop by "paying his dues." From working on Dale Chihuly's team to sleeping on the floor of a Czech hot shop, Christopher immersed himself in the fast-paced environment of production glass studios that created hundreds of piec...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.Step into the mind of Matthew Naftzger! "Stubborn!" he says, "I don't want to work in a shitty job just to pay for an expensive house. I don't even want to make artwork I don't want to make." Living and working out of a box truck or buying abandoned houses to renovate are ways he feels free. In his pursuit of "choosing a life," Matthew describes how he has adapted his ...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.Randy Thomae has embarked on a journey that has resulted in a radical realignment in their quest to be their best self. At first, Cammy Rahore was their alter ego, a persona and drag name they adopted as they traveled the country in pursuit of their art career. Once they embraced that being trans was indeed their superpower, Cammy's ultimate goals have shifted to inclu...
I'm not anxious.........you're anxious! What a tumultuous time of year for an art fair artist! Application results, economic struggles, and a whole host of other challenges can beat down even the most optimistic of humans. In this episode, we try to make sense of 2023, as we navigate creatively into this New Year. Tune in as Douglas https://www.sigwarthglass.com/ and Will http://www.willarmstrongart.com/#/ try to make sense of it all in a thoughtful and entertaining way!Call for Entry (...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.As a child, Athlone Clarke https://www.athloneclarke.com/ used his drawings to communicate with his mother, who passed away giving birth to him. This therapeutic activity developed a perception in Athlone that is the foundation of his creative process as a visionary artist. When describing his artistic style, Athlone says he wants to be surprised with each artistic out...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists.Carrie Pearce https://www.carriepearce.com/ experienced every artist's nightmare, a creative block. Fearing that her creativity was broken, she went back to school to teach and in the process, discovered her bliss. This metamorphosis propelled her forward into a new body of mixed media work. James Pearce https://pearcepearce.com/ has been working with wood h...
Legit Roadie/ Rob Matthews

Legit Roadie/ Rob Matthews

2023-11-1301:36:42

Working Artists! You are not alone! Listen to these entertaining and inspirational podcast conversations with working artists. Rob Matthews https://www.hiddenspringdesigns.com/home moved around a lot in his youth which fostered a comfort level with new experiences and adventure. His teenage years found him smack in the middle of a thriving music scene around Los Angeles. He crossed paths with many famous musicians that shaped his own artistic career as a mixed media artist. Once Rob aqcu...
Working Artists! You are not alone! Growing up in Nashville, Sarah Collier https://thecharmschooldropout.com/home.html was schooled in the art of manners and social graces. She was enrolled in charm school and attended Cotillion as a means to learn proper etiquette amongst high society. The experiences from her formative years serve as some of the inspiration for her mixed media work to "push back on the nonsense." In this conversation, Sarah reveals her personal discoveries from meetin...
Comfort Zone/ Keith Grace

Comfort Zone/ Keith Grace

2023-10-1601:28:21

Working Artists! You are not alone! Have you ever been at a point in your life where you need the spark of inspiration? Keith Grace http://www.keithgrace.com/ has spent his entire life stepping out of his comfort zone and talks about it on today's episode. He began his career as an illustrator and graphic editor for newspapers. In partnership with his wife, Shari, they started their own graphic design business while Keith explored his career as a fine artist. Most recently, they uproote...
The Whitcomb's are both artists working on their own bodies of work in different mediums. Each captures elements of the past presented with a contemporary eye. Mick Whitcomb https://www.artifactsbynomad.com/ is fixated on the American Machine Age and the advent of electric lighting. He transforms 19th-century machines and scientific instruments into utilitarian sculptures. Paige Whitcomb https://www.paigewhitcomb.com/ creates photos using the traditional method of wet collodion photography wi...
Business in the Front

Business in the Front

2023-09-1801:07:53

Can't make this $#!T up!!! The stories from the road we all experience, while outrageous to most, seem so normal to all of us. In this episode, we unpack the stories from the St. Louis Art Fair. As we anticipate a wrap of the summer art fair season, we've got the winter applications nagging away at us. Tune in as Douglas https://www.sigwarthglass.com/ and Will http://www.willarmstrongart.com/#/ try to make sense of it all in a thoughtful and entertaining way! Will Armstrong's PRINTDROP23 (Use...
When Marlene Rose https://marlenerose.com/ discovered molten glass, she was energized by the adrenaline rush of the material. While pursuing her BFA, she learned that glass could be used for more than just craft, but as a means to convey an idea of what she wanted to say. Although glassblowing was more common at the time, she was drawn to an ancient technique of sand casting, typically used for metal. Sculpting molten glass in a mold of sand sent her in a direction where everything was new an...
When it comes to painting, Beth Bojarski https://bethbojarski.com/ has three rules. "Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't take your subject matter too seriously. But paint with a seriousness." Beth compares her creative process to looking up at the clouds and seeing what imagery emerges. Her characters arise from the board as she works tirelessly to allow the humanity to show through her subjects while expressing her clever sense of humor. To watch her YouTube series, See Saw...
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