The Arts

#020 – Season 1 Wrap-up: Listener Feedback, Inspiration in nature, and a personal Non-Profit Spotlight

In this episode, I’m flying solo because I have some interesting things to share as a wrap-up to Season 1.

We’re approaching the one year anniversary of recording the first Collected Clan episode, and it’s been an exciting year introducing you to some of the outstanding people in my world that I’ve collected along the way. Collected not as objects, but as treasures from the journey. In each conversation, I learned something new about these people I’ve known for years…and some of them for what seems like a lifetime, but even so I learned something new.

That right there is the power of conversation.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:00:40 Episode #19 recap
  • 0:01:14 The reason for Collected Clan
  • 0:02:50 Objective for Season 2
  • 0:03:12 Season 1 listener feedback from Lyle via LinkedIn
  • 0:04:08 Inspiration in nature…about the cover photo
  • 0:06:42 Non-Profit Spotlight: End Slavery Tennessee
  • 0:08:51 How to connect with Collected Clan
  • 0:09:46 Closing remarks
  • 0:10:10 Season 1 listener feedback from Bob call-in

RELATED INFO

End Slavery Monologues ticket info

This unique theatrical event features stories of survivors and those impacted by Human Trafficking to educate the audience about this issue.

The End Slavery Monologues Community Flyer #HearTheirStories

The End Slavery Monologues Community Flyer #HearTheirStories

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight supports End Slavery Tennessee.

End Slavery Tennessee logoEnd Slavery Tennessee provides comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors, many of whom are minors…children and teenagers…who were sexually exploited throughout Tennessee. Every month in Tennessee, 94 minors are used for sex trafficking. Beyond sex trafficking, there’s labor trafficking where goods and services are continually produced without compensating the laborer.
The mission of End Slavery Tennessee is to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in in the Volunteer State. Slavery seems like a rather harsh word. Didn’t slavery end after the Civil War? Not exactly. If fact, there are more slaves now than at any time in history.
Learn more about End Slavery Tennessee online at EndSlaveryTN.org. Watch the Voices of Freedom video on the home page. If you’re in the Nashville area on February 1, 2019, you can hear real stories of survivors at the End Slavery Monologues event. Click here for ticket info.

 

Voices of Freedom from End Slavery TN on Vimeo.


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#019 – Stephen Tedeschi: On Performing Arts, Being Italian, and the Joy of Christmas

My guest today is Stephen Tedeschi. Stephen is another artist in my world, and we’ve shared many a stage together with him at the helm of numerous dramatic arts performances, which, of course, we talk about here.

“Man, if kids could just find who they are at a young age and stick with it…What a difference!”

~Stephen Tedeschi

He’s very much Italian, and his fantastic family is always nearby. You’ll even hear some of them in the background a time or two enjoying life together, and this will give you an accurate glimpse into a typical Tedeschi family day.

As always, we feature a Non-Profit Spotlight selected by our guest. Two actually.

Stick around to the end where we have a special holiday presentation for you. Stephen is very much a fan of the Christmas season, and we’ve got a special surprise for you. Two surprises. Hint…one of those is The Magnificat spoken in Hebrew.

Unique content you’ll only find right here on Collected Clan.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:21 Why the dramatic arts?
  • 0:08:19 Stage show history
  • 0:10:39 Our creative paths crossing
  • 0:12:30 Sewing, tailoring, and costume making
  • 0:15:55 Gaining a son-in-law
  • 0:21:06 The Arts Place and performing arts appreciation
  • 0:24:48 How Stephen inspired my father/son relationship
  • 0:29:22 About The Arts Place
  • 0:34:24 Stephen’s Italian heritage
  • 0:36:37 Coffee talk
  • 0:44:03 Life the Italian way
  • 0:47:17 Origin of the Americano
  • 0:48:37 Non-Profit Spotlights: Rejoice School of Ballet and Narrow Gate Foundation
  • 0:51:19 Countdown to Christmas
  • 0:54:01 A Tedeschi Family Christmas
  • 1:00:21 The Spirit of Christmas
  • 1:03:57 A Carpenter Family Christmas
  • 1:05:33 Closing remarks
  • 1:07:01 BONUS The Christmas story
  • 1:12:07 BONUS The Magnificat spoken in Hebrew

GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Stephen Tedeschi at these links and social media outlets.
Official Website | Instagram | Facebook


RELATED INFO

Here’s some additional photos, videos, and a playlist mentioned in this episode.

Stephen’s first espresso cup, given to him at age 2 by his Italian grandfather.

Stephen Tedeschi in custom costume he created

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen and his wife Miriam run a non-profit called The Arts Place where they provide budding and established artists with a safe, unique environment where skilled mentors and responsible administrators help them develop and cultivate their God-given talents and projects in various areas of the arts. He discusses their mission and purpose at 0:29:22.

At 44:03 as part of our conversation about life the Italian way, I mentioned a scene from the Eat Pray Love motion picture. Here’s that scene:

Spin some holiday cheer as we collectively long for extending peace on earth and goodwill beyond the month of December.

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight segment features two organizations that Stephen Tedeschi supports through his direct experience with them.

Rejoice School of Ballet offers one of the only available, affordable after-school arts programs in East Nashville for children from low income families. The positive environment offered by Rejoice results in increased self-esteem, valuing teamwork, and an improved respect for self and others. The study of ballet teaches children how to move with poise and grace, instills discipline, and sets standards of excellence. Rejoice provides children and their familes with tools for successful living.

Narrow Gate Foundation offers a transformative experience for young men ages 18-25. Lodge participants live and work together while pursuing biblical training, personal discipleship, challenging adventures, and new life skills. During their 6-8 month stay, young men pause from the distractions of daily life to discover who Jesus says they are and their calling for the future.


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SUPPORT

If you find value in what we’re doing on Collected Clan, please support the show financially:
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#017 – Lauren Phelps: On Creativity, Pursuing Dreams, and Motherhood

Lauren Phelps is an accomplished creative entrepreneur. I first knew Lauren as she achieved great success with her clothing line LEONA then as a client when I had the opportunity to photograph several seasonal lookbooks of her fashion designs.

“But for me the art is like my sacred place, and I don’t want it to ever not be because that’s when it becomes something I don’t want it to be in my life.”

~Lauren Phelps

She has continued her creative endeavors since then and now lives in New York where she continued her work in fashion then turned into an even deeper creative direction, which, of course, we talk about here.

And as always, we feature a Non-Profit Spotlight selected by our guest. Kick back and enjoy this conversation with Lauren Phelps.

 

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:20 Nashville Fashion Week “Nashville Fashion Forward Fund” award
  • 0:08:58 Where Lauren’s creativity comes from
  • 0:13:03 CEO as a title
  • 0:20:20 Closing LEONA
  • 0:23:14 Sweet home Alabama
  • 0:28:28 Alabama to Nashville to New York
  • 0:31:10 Why Paris
  • 0:31:34 COO of Brandon Maxwell
  • 0:34:37 Non-Profit Spotlight: Samual Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
  • 0:36:59 Lauren’s mother
  • 0:43:32 How motherhood has impacted Lauren’s work and world
  • 0:47:17 “Each baby brings its own loaf of bread”
  • 0:49:26 Motherhood and mothering without a mother
  • 0:54:16 Moving to visual arts
  • 0:58:21 Choosing materials for mixed media pieces
  • 0:59:40 Lauren’s creative process
  • 1:02:37 Monochromania
  • 1:05:37 My creative envy
  • 1:08:03 Conversation as an audio portrait
  • 1:11:03 “If you could have one more conversation with your Mom…”
  • 1:12:44 Closing remarks

GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Lauren Phelps at these links
Official Website | Instagram | Facebook


RELATED INFO

Here’s a small sampling of pieces from Lauren’s clothing line LEONA, discussed in this episode from 0:02:20 – 0:23:14. Over a two-year period, Lauren created 350+ pieces.

 

 

 

Lauren Phelps photographed in her art studio. Photo courtesy of Lauren Phelps.

 

“Origin” mixed media by Lauren Phelps

 

“Interface” mixed media by Lauren Phelps

 

Finally, toward the end of our conversation (at 1:09:13), the topic turns to the give-and-take exchange that makes a good conversation as described in the give-and-take exchange of a photographic portrait session. Here are two film clips from Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. First clip below sets the scene…

…and this clip delivers the magic. Enjoy.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight supports Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is to eradicate cancer by funding collaborative cross-institutional research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients, which is particularly crucial for children and seniors battling cancer.

Learn more about Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at www.waxmancancer.org.


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FEEDBACK

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#006 – Elizabeth Foster: Painter, Musician, Dreamer

Elizabeth Foster is a beyond-talented artist whose work you really need to see and hear. We talk about her early music career, world travels, uber-fantastic paintings she creates that are must-see (truly), how she makes a living as a full-time artist, and how much I really want an Elizabeth Foster tattoo. Definitely visit the show notes to see her work.

For more conversations in this series, go to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, search for Collected Clan and subscribe. Ratings and reviews also help with spreading the word about these conversations. Thank you.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:01:48 Early music career
  • 0:03:52 Touring Ukraine
  • 0:08:20 Hannah & Elizabeth and solo music
  • 0:13:12 Collecting Elizabeth Fosters
  • 0:17:23 Tattoos
  • 0:22:35 Origin of her style
  • 0:33:18 Animals as muses
  • 0:40:22 Current projects
  • 0:42:49 Even more Elizabeth Fosters
  • 0:44:36 Personal work vs Commissions
  • 0:51:01 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 0:52:50 What Elizabeth sees in her dreams
  • 0:57:54 The NeverEnding Story and storm chasing
  • 1:02:47 Life in a creative household
  • 1:04:44 First-time parent later in life

FOLLOW ALONG

For more conversations in this series, follow Collected Clan at these online destinations:


GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Elizabeth at these links and treat your eyes and ears to the creative mind of Elizabeth Foster.
Official Website | Etsy  | Instagram | Spotify


RELATED INFO

Follow Elizabeth to learn about new art openings, including her new solo show at Lark & Key Gallery & Boutique in Charlotte, NC from April 6, 2018 through May 26, 2018.

Info about Yalta Conference mentioned in segment about touring Ukraine.

See below for photos of items and artworks discussed in this episode.

Solo album by Elizabeth Foster called San Francsco

Solo album by Elizabeth Foster called San Francisco. Listen on Spotify or purchase a copy from Amazon.

Hand tattoo designs mentioned early in the episode.

 "The Writer" 30x40 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Writer” 30×40 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "This Little Light of Mine" 8x10 acrylic on canvas board by Elizabeth Foster

“This Little Light of Mine” 8×10 acrylic on canvas board by Elizabeth Foster

 "Scrimshaw, Sailor of the Deep" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“Scrimshaw, Sailor of the Deep” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

"The Bear and The Bass" by Elizabeth Foster

“The Bear and The Bass” by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Beauty of a Rare Find" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Beauty of a Rare Find” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Meeting in the Middle" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Meeting in the Middle” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Incredible Race" 48x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Incredible Race” 48×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

Julie Lee, Sarah Siskind, and Elizabeth Foster pictured backstage while on tour together. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Foster.

Julie Lee, Sarah Siskind, and Elizabeth Foster pictured backstage while on tour together. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Foster.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Elizabeth has selected Safe Haven as her episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. They keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

 


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

San Francisco, solo album by Elizabeth Foster