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Jessica M. Pankratz

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Jessica M. PankratzJessica M. Pankratz is one of The Artery’s new artists. I actually saw Jessica’s work for the first time at a solo exhibition at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. I was so impressed that I wanted to learn more about her and her unique style of art. Find out how Jessica gets her creative juices flowing, and more, right here.

I read that you started as an artist by writing poetry. Do you still write and have any of your poems been published?

Yes, I started writing poetry when I was 13 years old (about 22 years ago). I also started doodling cartoon characters all over my homework and notes back then. As far as if I still write, it’s rare these days. When I switched over to exploring visual art (3 years ago), the words stopped flowing out of me the way they once had. It was interesting to notice that switch in gears.

Yes, I have had poems published. When I went to school at UW-Eau Claire, there was a poetry and visual arts book called NOTA that got published every year. I had a few poems in the book for two different years. Also, one other time in a magazine/book called Poetry Motel in 2003. It’s funny, because they sent me a copy of the book that they said would have my poem in it, but it was the wrong issue so I never saw it actually published.

I also read that you are a self-taught artist. What advice would you offer to others who wish to share their creativity with the world?Jessica M. Pankratz

When I look back, there were so many times as a child, as a teenager and as an adult that I wanted to be an artist, but then would stop because I would give my power over to others to determine whether I was “good enough”. One day, after taking a good look at where this belief came from that “I wasn’t an artist” or “wasn’t good enough”, I realized that it wasn’t true. It was clearly a life changing experience, because I started seeing the world in a totally new way. It was as if I had just opened my eyes for the first time and everything was brighter, shinier and more colorful. From that moment forward, the “art” flowed out of me and wouldn’t stop:) So, I would say, realize your own power, play as much as you can when you create, let go, take risks, and listen to yourself because your art IS you, an extension of you and your unique expression. There is no right or wrong with art. That’s the beauty in it. Nobody can tell you that you did it wrong. Many people may try, but it’s your choice how you want to hear them.

Jessica M. PankratzMany of your pieces include the image of a Buddha. Is there a special meaning behind this?

I honestly can’t explain it. I feel drawn to these images like a magnet. Typically, the images I find are statues that I take photos of and then feel inspired to draw from a different angle or many angles. There may also be an underlying influence because of my spirituality/spiritual journey, but the “feeling” of being inspired is what is more present when I read this question.

Do you have a favorite place to give life to your beautiful art?

Thank you for the compliment:) Yes, I do almost all of my artwork at Mother Fool’s coffeehouse on Willy St. One of the owner’s actually made a silly ad for his Facebook page of me indicating that I “only feel creative at Mother Fool’s”. Ha ha. It was a cheesy but funny advertisement. Typically though, I feel inspired by something in the world and then feel like making the actual art at Mother Fool’s. Many people ask me to create bigger pieces, and the main reason I don’t, is because then I’d have to be holed up at home or in a studio. That doesn’t feel exciting to me:)

What are your goals for the future?Jessica M. Pankratz

Other than to create a website for my art work, I have to think about that. Right now, I feel like I’m nurturing my soul and that the next wave of artwork that’s going to come out is in a cocooning period.

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Deepa Sampath

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Deepa Sampath adds beauty and color to the world with incredibly vibrant paintings. Deepa is quite versatile, working with a number of different mediums. Did you know you can paint with coffee powder? Deepa has done it, and find out what else this talented artist can do right here!

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Do you generally look at an object when drawing or painting?Deepa Sampath
I prefer looking at an object, especially when I sketch, because of the detailing. In the case of painting, like landscapes, I put them in my own way.

I read that you sketch or paint on just about any surface. Do you have a favorite? Is there a surface that is more challenging than others?
Yes, I love to paint on different surfaces. My favorites to paint on are wood, egg shell, and grip mats. The challenging surface is ‘egg shell,’ because it needs careful handling techniques starting with the cleaning procedures and then painting on them.

Deepa SampathYou use an excellent array of colors in your work. Have you ever done black and white?
So far, I haven’t tried painting with black and white, but I have an idea of doing it. I also do ‘coffee painting’, a technique I practiced using coffee powder. This type of painting has just the brown color.

Deepa SampathIf you could only choose one color, what would it be? What is the first word that comes to mind with that color?
If I had to choose one color, I would go for ‘green,’ which I feel is the most attractive among all colors. Thinking about the color green, the word that first comes to me is ‘leaf.’

What are your aspirations for the future?
I have exhibited my artworks in Megan’s Custom Framing store as a part of the MMoCA Gallery night for the past two years. In the future ­ I aspire to be featured in more art galleries displaying my unique style of paintings; look forward to being an art instructor, where I can inspire people who are really interested in learning new styles of painting; and planning to be part of future art fairs conducted across Wisconsin.

Deepa Sampath

 

Barb’s Fine Glass

Barb's Fine Glass

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Barb’s Fine Glass turns ordinary items into extraordinary glass pieces. Barb uses an abundance of color and her pieces are playful. She is ready and willing to create your custom design(s). With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to have Barb create some unique gifts. Learn more about this artist right here.

Barb's Fine GlassHow did you become a glass artist and how long have you been doing it?

I have been doing stained glass for about 8 years. I had wanted to learn the process for years prior but found myself needing a reason to get out of the house as a new stay-at-home mom after my second son was born. I took a class at MATC one night a week, and I was immediately hooked. After honing my skills for years making gifts for friends and family, I finally started to believe what others had been telling me – maybe I really could sell this stuff. After a few fairly successful art shows, I formed an LLC earlier this year.

What is the process for designing fine glass and where do you create your pieces?Barb's Fine Glass

Being new to the medium, I used designs I would find in commercially available pattern books. As my mind got more creative I would start to envision designs I couldn’t find available in print or online. I study existing patterns at times and take elements I like from them and incorporate my own ideas. It is rewarding to see my skills developing as far as gaining the ability to make my ideas and visions concrete on paper and ultimately in glass.

Approximately how long does it take to produce a piece?

I offer a wide range of sizes of pieces so suit any budget, so the time I dedicate can vary considerably. I have small items I can complete in  an hour and larger items that require more time developing a pattern can be extensively time consuming.

barb1What is your greatest satisfaction with being a glass artist?

To me, the greatest satisfaction is when a customer is happy. I had a customer see a piece from across the street at an art fair and be drawn to my booth and exclaim, “It’s perfect!” Custom orders are my specialty, so being able to create a one-of-a-kind unique piece is a special feeling. I am currently in production of a beautiful butterfly designed by a melanoma survivor incorporating the cancer support ribbon. (I think the design was originally made for a tattoo) It will be a surprise for her from her boyfriend. That one will be really be a gratifying one!

What do you like to do outside of being an artist?

My life is also filled with two sons that keep me busy and a part time job outside the home in healthcare. I am an avid kayaker and take to the waters in this beautiful city two to three times a week when weather (and time) permits. Kayaking is so much more than a means of exercise to me. It’s good for the mind, body and spirit.

What is your ultimate goal with Barb’s Fine Glass?Barb's Fine Art

My experience in selling art is in its infancy. I hope to build up a customer base via online sales and art shows enough to keep me busy doing something I’m so passionate about. I’m beginning to break into the niche of recreating company logos of local businesses in glass for display in reception areas or conference rooms. I’m excited to be getting some interest in that area.

Exploring the Yellow Rose Gallery

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Yellow Rose Gallery

I had the pleasure of exploring the Yellow Rose Gallery for the first time, along with chatting up the owner, Miles Kristan. Aside from the impressive pieces of art on display, I’m really fond of the gallery’s layout. There are multiple rooms, so I felt like I was in an art “house.” The gallery is warm and inviting, and I look forward to checking out one of their events. The first photo you see here is a beautiful tribute, and it will become clear why after reading the interview.

Yellow Rose Gallery's Tribute

A beautiful tribute to a friend.

When did the gallery open and what inspired you to do so?

It opened in March of 2014, and I had been wanting to open a gallery for a while for two reasons. One – it was an opportunity to help the many artists in town, and two – to honor my friend Jim (who passed away two years ago). There was an anti-war bus called the “Yellow Rose of Texas” that Jim drove across the country, which is where the name yellow rose comes from. So in a way, the gallery is to honor my friend Jim and the State of Texas.

Yellow Rose Gallery 2Do you host regular events here at the gallery?

Yes, at least one event each month. We have had as many as three events in a month.

Are you interested in a particular style of art from artists and do you have a personal favorite?

I’m a photographer, and photography is probably one of the easiest mediums to hang. The pieces are usually smaller and can be placed in different areas; however, I’m interested in having any type of medium here from prints to ceramics to 3-D objects.

I have to say that Ryan Robinson is one of my favorite artists to work with. He has done amazing things as an artist, and I’m really interested in what he is doing with Fat City Emporium.

Photography, Art, Ceramics, 3-D Objects

 How can artists get their work exhibited here and is there a fee involved?

Artists can apply at yellow.rose.gallery@gmail.com. The fee ranges from $25-50 depending on the size of the art work.

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