Welcome to the Carl Stoveland Photography Blog. Here I will post articles of interest to clients and photographers alike. Until October 2016 this was the Artistic Balance Blog.
As promised here are links to books and artists that Jen Walls mentioned during our interview at HATCH1121 this week. I have my summer reading all picked out. I will be reading the two books and talking about them here in the next few weeks.
Also I posted the podcast of my interview with Jerris 'Quick the Poet' Evans this morning. All three interviews are now available on the IAMLAKEWORTH podcast.
The exhibit is going into its last weekend at the HATCH. I am still absorbing everything from this phase of the project and excited that it will continue and grow to be a great thing for the city of Lake Worth. The podcast is just one way it will continue. While I am photographing the next group of subjects I am working on recording all 36 of the original subjects in a series of short interviews that will be broadcast weekly. News about where and when you can see IAMLAKEWORTH II will be posted here in the next couple of weeks.
Jen Walls at Hatch1121 before we sat down for our interview
Last night was the third installment of 'Artists at the Gallery Getting Coffee' interview series at HATCH1121. My interview was with the amazing mixed media artist, Jen Jovan Walls from Plantation Florida. It was a really great conversation framed in a discussion of being an artist that was applicable to everyone in the audience. Jen's message was about recapturing and retaining the wonder of how we felt as children before we learned how to become adults. If the interview were a movie I'd have the Malvina Reynolds song 'Little Boxes' playing at the fade out of the interview to hammer home the reminder. The interview clocks in at one hour and 15 minutes which felt like ten minutes to me. Jen found her calling to be an artist at 47 after having a grownup job in banking. She has found her calling painting beautiful, mysterious, whimsical creatures full of mischief and malarkey. Jen's work is authentic and comes from a real place inside of her. She allows viewers to see and share in her vulnerability and they connect with her and her work. She sold nearly 200 pieces of art this past year and has a collaborative book called the Storyteller's Apprentice due out in September. It was a really great conversation and I will have the podcast of this interview uploaded on Thursday 7/19 for you to listen to. I'm sure you will find it interesting and Jen's message will be inspiring for artists and non artists alike. During the interview Jen mentioned several author's to read and artists to look at. I will post those here tomorrow with the link to the podcast.
Having given birth to IAMLAKEWORTH with this exhibit which had a gestation period only an elephant could appreciate. It has been super satisfying for it to be so well received and equally awe inspiring to think of the future possibilities for the show and the doors opened for me personally after allowing myself to put this project out into the world. I am seeing a spark turn to an ember and now a glowing flame with so many possibilities before it. In the future when I look back at the whole thing it may turn out that the interview series which was added as a way to keep the enthusiasm for the exhibit going and draw more people to see the show on weeknights maybe my favorite part. I have shared with Lake Worth some of my favorite artists I have met right here while I have been working on the project. Together with Blanche Williams who took the hosting duties so I could be one of the four photographers in the photo roundtable. we have enjoyed great conversations about art, life and Lake Worth. I think maybe this world needs more good conversations. I have some ideas about that, but it can wait for tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile many thanks are owed to the sponsors of IAMLAKEWORTH who are the Lake Worth CRA and LULA Lake Worth Arts and to Common Grounds for enthusiastically sponsoring the Artists at the Gallery Getting Coffee interviews. I could not have done this show without you and your belief in what I was trying to do. I look forward to what we do next. I also must say a special thanks to everyone who had their photos taken and gave me their thoughts on what makes Lake Worth such a special place. This project is really all about you.
Quick the Poet @ Flo' pocalypse at the Broward Center Last night
It's been a busy month that included a trip to NY, preparing for and hanging the IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit and all the events that go with it from the opening to the interview sessions. I'm tired but it is a good kind of tired. Yesterday after gallery sitting from 12-4 I headed to the Broward Center to Photograph Quick the Poet' big Flo'Pocalypse event. I was pleased to be able to take the photos for my friend, but even more thrilled to be in the Audience to hear Quick and this very talented group of poets perform. I feel honored and humbled to have had Quick as our first guest at the Artists at the Gallery Getting Coffee interview series. So we hosted Quick on the same week he had a hugely successful sold out show at the Broward Center. I got home from the event around midnight and started editing photos for a while and was then back at it early this morning. Now I am back at HATCH1121 gallery sitting for the IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit. So like I said I'm a bit tired but boy is it a great kind of tired. I have earned a float in the pool later today.
Don't forget our third and final Artists at the Gallery Getting Coffee is this Tuesday at 7pm with Artist Jen Jovan Walls. I hope to see a great turn out for what will be a great conversation.
IAMLAKEWORTH and so are you!
Self Portrait - Jen Walls
I now have two artist interviews under my belt and started a podcast. I feel like an old pro at this!. Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm will be our third interview. I have chosen South Florida painter Jen Walls. Jen fits the IAMLAKEWORTH requirement because we were both in a show in Lake Worth at Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery last year so she fits in the works and plays in LW categories. We hit it off at the opening and have been art pals since then. I am a big fan of Jen's work. Don't be fooled by the whimsical nature of her paintings. There is usually a lot going on. Lot's of emotion on or near the surface of her paintings. You will be captivated by her paintings which have a very sophisticated color palette with just the right amount of malarkey. I would have invited Jen for an interview based purely on her artwork, but I saw her a while back at Artserve as part of a panel discussion on marketing and selling art. Jen has knocked the ball out of the park as far as art sales making her a perfect interview guest. Jen's infectious sense of humor and malarkey will appeal to all of us. Art lovers will really enjoy her work and artists will enjoy hearing about what it takes to rack up numbers of pieces sold in a year. This will be a great one on one interview. I am thrilled we found a time during the IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit to make it happen. You won't want to miss this fun event Tuesday night and Like the late night TV commercials say... Wait there's more. Common Grounds is sponsoring the whole interview series and will provide the right kind of fuel for a night time art talk, and wait there's still more we will be raffling off a $25 gift card to common grounds in Lake Worth. The interview will be Tuesday 7/17 at 7pm at HATCH1121 on 1121 Lucerne Ave in Lake Worth FL.
PS the podcast of the photographer's roundtable hosted by Blanche Willams can be found here. More about what I will be doing with the podcast in an upcoming blog post.
Tom Johnson, Shawn Moss, Adriano Ficarelli, Carl Stoveland and host Blanche Williams
Photo Courtesy Marshall Pass
Photo Courtesy Marshall Pass
Last night at HATCH1121 we held the second episode of Artists at the Gallery Getting Coffee. This time it was a photographer's roundtable although as my friend Brian Kirsch pointed out there is no table and it's not round. I am happy and thankful to report we had a great turnout of enthusiastic friends and neighbors to support IAMLAKEWORTH and the photographers we see around town at all of the Lake Worth Events. our host / moderator was Blanche Williams host and founder of the popular Jazz on J Street jam sessions held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Many thanks to Blanche for taking on the moderator job and making it seem easy. It is always a pleasure to work with Blanche on any project. Our panel consisted of four photographers. We all shoot the look events with varying approaches and styles. The photographers were Tom Johnson, Shawn Moss, Adriano Ficarelli and myself. the event was more of a chat with an audience than an interview and the audience members joined in and added to the conversation. I am incredibly happy with the results and the response to the series of interviews we have been doing as part of the IAMLAKEWORTH photo exhibit which is at HATCH1121 (1121Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth Fl) Through Sunday 7/23). We have one more event this coming Tuesday when I will be interviewing painter Jen Jovan Walls. I hope to see you all at what will be a great interview about Life, Art and Gasp! Selling Art!. I have been recording these interviews with thanks to the encouragement and equipment loan from my friend Jerry Kornbluth. I am still kicking around what I will do with these interviews but at the very least they will be made available for everyone to listen in the next week or so. I would be remiss if I did not mention our sponsors who made the lectures and IAMLAKEWORTH possible. Many thanks to Lake Worth CRA / LULA Lake Worth Arts for the space for the show and so much more. Special Thanks to Emily, Susan and Jose for all they have done in support of the show. Thanks to Mathews Brewing for providing beer for the opening reception. It was a big hit and I know you have some new fans! Thanks to Common Grounds Coffeebar for sponsoring our interview series and providing the coffee part of Artists at the Gallery Getting Coffee. Thanks to Pamela at DePalma PR for all the marketing and social media support. My wife Wendy deserves a giant shout out for supporting me and my crazy ideas and showing up and helping host all of my events after putting in a full day at work. You amaze me and inspire me to be better every single day. Lastly my whole hearted thanks to the people of Lake Worth who have embraced this project and supported it from day one.
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