Episode 5: Local Arts Exec Lorie Hoffman: Cultivating Creativity in 2020 and Beyond

Erin welcomes ShoreLake Arts Executive Director Lorie Hoffman to talk about what 2020 has looked like for artists and how her organization has pivoted to support the creative community during this time. Lorie goes on to talk about what she sees as the lasting legacy of 2020 and gives a book recommendation for creatives.

ShoreLake Arts Council website: https://www.shorelinearts.net

IG: https://www.instagram.com/slfpac/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLFPAC 

Book recommendation: Art and Fear 

Weekly Artist Feature:

We featured Jordan Casteel this week. Be sure to check out Jordan’s work via the artist’s website and social media.

Website: http://www.jordancasteel.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/jordanmcasteel/




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Episode 4: Artist Justin Hillgrove: Imps, Monsters and Light at the End of the Tunnel

Erin welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Justin Hillgrove to the show. Justin has been working as a fine artist since 2005 and joins this episode of the podcast to talk about his own creative journey and how this year has changed his business and his art practice. Justin leaves us something to look forward to and talks 2021 and beyond.

Justin Hillgrove website: https://www.impsandmonsters.com 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/impsandmonsters/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impsandmonsterspage 

Weekly Artist Feature: 

We featured our guest artist, Justin Hillgrove this week. Be sure to check him out via his website and social media. 




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Episode 3: How to Be Great at Failing

Erin talks about failure and why artists need to get good at failing. She recommends three books as good guides for failure, resilience and authenticity. It’s all about getting back on the horse and using criticism or failure to propel you forward. Erin talks about a lesson from the Great British Baking Show with a reminder that every artist is more than the successes and failures along the way.

Book Recommendations:

1. Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset. 

2. Brene Brown’s book, Braving the Wilderness. 

3. The Rise by Dr. Sarah Lewis. 

Weekly Artist Feature:

Lisa Congdon is our featured artist this week. You can find Lisa’s colorful illustrations and hand lettering online and in-person at the artist’s public storefront in Portland, Oregon.

Website: https://lisacongdon.com

Store hours: https://lisacongdon.com/pages/visit-our-store

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisacongdon/?hl=en

Episode 2 – Go Make Art: A Practical Guide

Erin talks about three essential things you need to move forward with your creative practice. HINT: you don’t need to spend a lot to make it happen. She goes on to talk about where to shop for supplies when you are ready and recommends a few out-of the-box ideas for sourcing materials. Finally, the Artist Feature this week is Iris Scott.

You can email Erin at thankyouformakingthat@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

Here are a few links from the episode:

Art “thrift” stores in Washington:

Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store, Whatcom County: https://www.alliedarts.org/allied-arts-reuse-thrift-store/

Art Salvage, Spokane: https://www.artsalvagespokane.com

Seattle Creative, Seattle: http://www.seattlerecreative.org

A few local art stores in Washington that Erin loves:

Dakota Art Store, Bellingham: https://dakotaartstores.com

Art Spot, Edmonds: http://artspotedmonds.com

Blick, Seattle: https://www.dickblick.com/stores/washington/seattle/

Bead World: http://www.beadworldnw.com

Online art and craft stores:

Hobby Lobby: https://www.hobbylobby.com

Blick: https://www.dickblick.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/stores/ARTEZA/page/0DE252E6-953E-49D2-8618-2F41BD497A60?ref_=ast_bln

(There are lots of options on Amazon, here is one store that offers good, well-priced materials)

Weekly Artist Feature: Iris Scott https://www.irisscottfineart.com




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Episode 1 – Art: A Love Story

This is my love story to art and creativity but it is also my attempt to build a bridge and to provide a few tools for you as you navigate the anxiety and uncertainty of the world right now.
I plan to bring you stories from other creative humans and would love to have you as my guest on a future episode. I promise that your story will help and inspire someone along the way.
Email me at thankyouformakingthat@gmail.com if you are someone who has a story to share!
For now…the podcast is available at the link below and will soon be available everywhere that you listen to podcasts. Please listen and share!
Thank you, friends!