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Becoming Me

BY DAVID NUTTALL
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

David Nuttall is known forehand-drawn plausible fictitious maps – as Artimaps, but instead of talking about his artwork, he is delving into his past. Trying to piece together some key events that have shaped who he is, and how he got to be here. More specifically, how he became himself.

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We’ve Got Space: Promoting Huntsville as an ‘out of this world’ travel destination

BY KRISTEN PEPPER
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Kristen Pepper is an Athens, Alabama, native who grew up “on the outside looking in” at all the hustle and bustle of the Rocket City. As marketing manager for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kristen supports the marketing, advertising, and public relations efforts of the CVB.

She serves on the board of the North Alabama chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, and in 2018 she was recognized as a “30 Under 30” by Destinations International.

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Creating a Mainstream Platform in Alabama

BY JAY BURTON
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Julian Jay Burton is a professional filmmaker and comic publisher.  He is the CEO of film company Bermuda Image Entertainment and comic company Red Crow Comics.  He is a Birmingham native with offices in Harvest, AL.  His current projects include web-series Bermuda City and feature film, Dormant.  Both titles are spin-offs of self-published comic series, Bermuda City.

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AAMAL – All Artists Making A Living

BY CURTIS BENZLE
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Curtis Benzle is a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Dimensional Studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH).  He is the President of the Alabama Craft Council and a former Trustee of the American Craft Council, past Board President and Co-Director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen and on The Board of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

Curtis has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  Presenting “AAMAL-All Artists Making A Living” Curt outlines how he helps others realize how to live off of their art.

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A Caver’s Perspective

BY SABRINA SIMON
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Sabrina Simón was formally trained in graphic design at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where she earned a B.A. in 2000 and went on to work in the graphic design field for 10+ years. Upon moving to Huntsville, Alabama, her discovery and love of caving led her to delve into vertical rope work, photography, surveying and eventually cave mapping.  

Above ground Sabrina is an active member of the National Speleological Society, the Huntsville Grotto, and Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit. She is the treasurer for the North East Huntsville Civic Association, volunteering her time for a variety of community-based activities. Underground, Sabrina is a TAG (Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia) caver of 15+ years of exploring, photographing, surveying and mapping. She counts herself very lucky to have taken souvenirs in photo form from 100’s of caves, to have seen the beauty of Lechuguilla in person, to have held a world record for rope climbing if only for a single day, and to have mapped and sketched the caves of the Maya deep in the Yucatan peninsula.

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Reflections of a Space Cadet’s Artistic Daughter: The Journey from Selling to Commercially Licensing ART

BY JENNIFER REDSTREAKE GEARY
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Growing up with a physicist father and cowgirl mother, Jennifer Redstreake Geary has had quite the journey coming into her art and finding her place in the world. Her father, the Space Cadet, (having grown up watching anything Sci-Fi) always believed in her and encouraged her to pursue a living doing what she loved to do. Paint. Her mother, a constant stream of inspiration for that art, providing fur kids and gentle beasts to create in every medium she could get her hands on. Today, because of that parent’s love, she is a success. She loves her life. And she paints every day. Her work inspires humor and heart as she licenses her works all around the world. Come listen to her story.

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Building a Life Inside

BY ALICIA COLE
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Alicia Cole is a writer and artist in Huntsville, AL.  Born in Knoxville, TN, she moved to Huntsville at the age of four for her mother's career at NASA, where she lived until eighteen.  She traveled extensively from eighteen through thirty-seven before returning to live in Huntsville. An entirely self-taught artist, she's previously worked in fabric/embroidery and mixed media, and now creates drawings and collages while experimenting with sculpture and sculptural elements.  While her early drawings, shown here, center on hospitalization and mental health, she's currently working on both a series on aging/dilapidated signs within the Huntsville area, with the occasional sign caught while traveling through the greater region, and one on pop culture.  Her collage work, commissioned by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, challenges gender and racial parity and is featured on their SpecPo blog.  Challenged by the limitations of supplies in the hospital, she continues to limit her materials to office supplies or what can be used in a classroom, save for advancing to archival paper.  She draws heavily from graffiti and pop art as well as abstraction.  An essay about her time in the hospital, accompanied by five artworks, was recently published in Brain Mill Press' Makers on Making, BMP Voices series.  Her fabric work is in collections in New York City, Philadelphia, and Tennessee.  She lives with her husband, three animals, and five plants.  She loves coffee, plants, tattoos, animals, and art.

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Art as An Experience

BY JESSICA NUNNO
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 30, 2018

Jessica Nunno is a local freelance illustrator and teacher. This is her second time presenting for PechaKucha, the first time she prepared a speech about Huntsville STEAM Works. Now, she will be talking about her passion: art.

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Big

BY JULIE GILL
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Julie Gill can remember as a kid, that she always tried to sit at the end of the pew at church. That way, she could play in the colored light the stained-glass windows provided. She’d stretch her leg out in the aisle to make the color dance across her skin. She rolled her fingers in waves letting the warm red light change their form. She was amazed by the warmth and richness of the light. Of course, she had no idea stained glass would become her language of expression, but she knew she wanted to drown herself in it. And so now, all these years later, she is on a journey to explore and share the beauty and light of stained glass.

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Huntsville Originals: There's No Place Like Home

BY CHRISTINA WEGMAN
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Christina Wegman is a Huntsville artist and small business owner who splits time between Alabama and Rosenheim, Germany.  After running a gallery in Downtown Huntsville for over four years, she has grown particularly fond of painting local scenes.  In her presentation, she discusses the irresistible pull of her beloved hometown and the art that it continues to inspire.

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A Rolling River

BY RIVER PHANCO
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

River Phanco is a 14-year old, yellow belt, Jiu Jitsu fighter. He also enjoys Muay Thai kickboxing and wrestling.

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Porcelain: Color and Light

BY CURTIS BENZLE
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Curtis Benzle is a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Dimensional Studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH).  He is the President of the Alabama Craft Council and a former Trustee of the American Craft Council, past Board President and Co-Director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen and on The Board of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Curtis Benzle’s signature artworks are translucent, porcelain sculptural vessels and architectural lighting.  They are represented in major museums and collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art/NYC, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Seto(Japan) Cultural Center, the Racine Art Museum, Taipei(Taiwan) County Yingge Ceramics Museum and the White House Collection. Curtis has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. 

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