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Kristen Dahms

Artist in Yorktown

Self Expression Through Mixed Media

PRESENTED ON JUN 14, 2014
IN WILLIAMSBURG @ VOL 8

Kristen Dahms makes beautifully intricate art with layers of various media and subjects. Through this presentation we can see, step by step, how she progresses from concept to finished piece, building layer upon layer of what she referes to as chaos. So be carefull when you look into a finished piece- you might just get lost for a while.

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The Impossibility Of Nature

BY SHONA WILSON
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 26, 2014

The repetitive use of natural detritus brings Shona Wilson closer to understanding the world we share. The materials themselves are storehouses of knowledge and information. They act as 'keys', unlocking doors to memory, science, history and imagination. Her current work increasingly responds to and reflects upon the cross-pollinations between nature, humans and culture, referencing in particular, plastics' invasion into the 'natural' world. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 29, 2014. 

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Cascading Dreams

BY DOROTHY FAGAN
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 05, 2015

In this presentation we get to see some of the results of Dorothy Fagan's 6 week artist residency in France. And yet, through the PechaKucha process we also get to hear and see Dorothy take us through her inspriations, techniques, processes, details, and materials used to arrive at those finished pieces. The work is stunning. The background is fascinating.

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A Mask for all Occasions

BY DAVID DIXON
@ VOL 4 ON JAN 19, 2016

IT Consultant David Dixon talks us through the hidden meaning behind masks – not just the physical masks that have appeared in popular culture for centuries, but the masks we all where every day to hide our true self and our emotions.

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Otra Vez (again)

BY WAYNE HILTON
@ VOL 12 ON FEB 25, 2016

Otra Vez is speaker Wayne Hilton's 28 piece exhibit currently being featured in the Midland County Centennial Library until April 20, 2016.  The exhibit is comprised of three different segments featuring narratives that draw from various aspects of Latino culture, including the works of Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada, the sport of Lucha Libre and Piñatas.  The works are mixed-media sculptures made from primarily recycled materials and found objects.  Drawing from my background in theatre and costume design, the works in this collection feature meticulously crafted detailing and are intended to reflect the symbiotic relationship between artisan and artist.

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My Life as a Hetero Cisgender Millenial Mixed-Race ADHD Agnostic Only Child Black Belt American Named Dominic

BY DOMINIC VELANDO
@ VOL 7 ON JAN 26, 2017

Dominic Velando presents original illustrations revealing highly personal experiences such as his father’s death, drug-induced hallucinations, and doomsday paranoia.

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Mixed Girl Problems

BY DIANA CHELSIE HEATH
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

Chelsie Heath shares her story of being “half”. Half black, half white, half family, half not. Despite her real, whole, challenges of her upbringing, Chelsie embraces her “Mixed Girl” problems through a mixture of laughter and tears.

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How Social Media is Ruining Creativity

BY NIKKI DEBRANGO-JENSEN
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 09, 2017

Nikki DeBrango explores why social media can be toxic to artists and what we can do about it.

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A Search for Self

BY LAUREN CHAI
@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

Lauren Hana Chai was born and raised in Honolulu, the first of her family to be born in the United States. Raised by her grandparents who are from South Korea, she grew up with dual cultures. Lauren studied fine art painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has been in numerous shows in California and Texas. Lauren uses mixed media and oils. The mixed media brings together different elements which is a reflection of her identity, a clash of traditional and modern, eastern and western. She paints issues such as taboo, feminism, sexuality, violation and oppression.

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Art Grief Therapy

BY MAGGIE GALLOWAY
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Maggie Galloway is an artist and student from the Art Institute of Chicago & University of Tulsa. She has a long career of creating, including her time as a documentary film producer at WLS-tv in Chicago.

In 2009, after the sudden death of her husband, Paul Galloway, newspaper reporter and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, Maggie was faced with learning to live without her partner of 30 years. It would be 2 years of Art Grief Therapy that healed her... she shares her story.