Artist http://nhpr.org en The Creepiest Scarecrows You Have Ever Seen http://nhpr.org/post/creepiest-scarecrows-you-have-ever-seen <p>We spoke with<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/61114-happy-spending-tinkering-kids-and-weird-history-scarecrows"><strong>&nbsp;Lori Rotenberk </strong></a>about her article for Modern Farmer, <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2014/05/scarecrow-history-effigy/">"Hay, Man: The Curious Life And Times Of Scarecrows"</a>. In the interview, she mentioned the work of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the scarecrow artist and designer,&nbsp;</span><b style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.pumpkinrot.com/">PumpkinRot</a></b><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:04:44 +0000 Austin Cowan 49812 at http://nhpr.org The Creepiest Scarecrows You Have Ever Seen Courtroom Sketch Artist: Art Lien http://nhpr.org/post/courtroom-sketch-artist-art-lien <p>Many jobs are becoming extinct in the digital age, and the role of the courtroom sketch artist is becoming a lost art. As more and more courtrooms embrace cameras as a way of sharing the intimate details of real life courtroom drama, the charming and beautiful sketches that used to be a way of life for many artists are a thing of the past.</p><p>Sketch artist <a href="http://courtartist.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Art Lien</strong></a> spoke to Virginia about his long career as a sketch artist in courtrooms across the country and his main beat, The Supreme Court of the United States.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:36:47 +0000 Word of Mouth 46407 at http://nhpr.org Courtroom Sketch Artist: Art Lien Rethink 2014: Paying For Creative Content http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-paying-creative-content <p>This is “Rethink 2014”, presenting ways of challenging our habits and assumptions and the status quo. Today: paying for creative content. It’s the axiom of the era: you can find anything on the internet--for free!&nbsp; The challenge has been figuring out how artists, writers, musicians and content makers get paid for their work. Take the music streaming service <a href="https://www.spotify.com/us/" target="_blank"><em>Spotify</em></a>. Sure, users can discover new artists and find a lot of great music, but <em>Spotify</em> is under fire for failing to compensate the artists who make that music. In an opinion piece for the <em>The Guardian</em> last October, David Byrne wrote, “If artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they'll be out of work within a year.” Maybe the big-name musicians have it wrong. We bring you the story of an unknown songwriter who is raking in the <em>Spotify</em> royalty checks, one song at a time. <strong>PJ Vogt</strong> of <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/" target="_blank"><em>On The Media</em></a>’s new <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/blogs/on-the-media/" target="_blank"><em>TLDR</em></a> podcast and blog, has the story.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:18:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42242 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: Paying For Creative Content Norman Rockwell's Less Than Idyllic Life http://nhpr.org/post/norman-rockwells-less-idyllic-life <p>I was once invited to Thanksgiving dinner by a friend who warned me that her family was “Not a Real <a href="http://www.nrm.org/about-2/about-norman-rockwell/" target="_blank">Norman Rockwell</a> Kinda Bunch”. We know that image: brightly scrubbed faces hover in smiling anticipation over sparkling china as Ma sets the turkey in front of the family patriarch ready to be carved. That painting is titled <em><a href="http://collections.nrm.org/search.do?id=307350&amp;db=object&amp;page=1&amp;view=detail" target="_blank">Freedom From Want</a></em> and it’s one of those homespun scenes that only happens in what author <strong>Deborah Solomon</strong> calls “Rockwell Land” -- a magical reflection of American life as it should be. Solomon’s new biography of the illustrator, beloved by the masses and dismissed as corn ball by the art world, reveals a complicated, neurotic, and repressed man who lived very far from the America he invented.</p><p><strong>Deborah Solomon </strong>is author of <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374113094" target="_blank"><em>American Mirror: The Life and Times of Norman Rockwell</em></a></p><p><em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:55:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39202 at http://nhpr.org Norman Rockwell's Less Than Idyllic Life Dear Mr. Watterson: A Portrait Of Calvin And Hobbes Fans http://nhpr.org/post/dear-mr-watterson-portrait-calvin-and-hobbes-fans <p></p><p>Twenty-eight years ago today, artist Bill Watterson’s only syndicated comic strip hit newspapers for the first time, introducing readers to a rowdy&nbsp; six-year old named Calvin, and his often hungry and always kindhearted companion, a stuffed tiger named Hobbes.&nbsp; The strip quickly grew to become arguably the most popular comic of its era – but after ten years in print, the reclusive Watterson retired his pens and brushes, and retreated from the public eye. Now, almost thirty years later, adoring fans carry a nostalgic torch for the quiet subversion, unbridled joy, and beautifully rendered drawings of Watterson’s <em>Calvin and Hobbes.</em></p><p>“<a href="http://www.dearmrwatterson.com/store/" target="_blank">Dear Mr. Watterson</a>” is a new documentary film by director <strong>Joel Allen Schroeder </strong>that explores the enduring influence <em>Calvin and Hobbes</em> had on a generation of fans and artists. The movie is now out in select theaters and available on demand.</p><p>We also spoke with <strong>Tim Hulsizer</strong>, creator of the <a href="http://ignatz.brinkster.net/calvin.html" target="_blank">Calvin and Hobbes Fan Website</a>.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:21:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38730 at http://nhpr.org Dear Mr. Watterson: A Portrait Of Calvin And Hobbes Fans Jackson Historical Society Celebrates The Quirky Landscapes Of Frank Shapleigh http://nhpr.org/post/jackson-historical-society-celebrates-quirky-landscapes-frank-shapleigh <p>While the White Mountains have always been associated with outdoorsy activities, for much of the 19th century, they played a particularly important role in the arts. &nbsp;The new country was looking for an artistic identity that was distinctly "American," and the untamed wilderness of northern New Hampshire inspired scores of painters.</p><p> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 37857 at http://nhpr.org Jackson Historical Society Celebrates The Quirky Landscapes Of Frank Shapleigh Eric Booth Teaches Artists To Teach Others http://nhpr.org/post/eric-booth-teaches-artists-teach-others <p>Education policy in the U.S. is currently laser-focused on engaging students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math—or “STEM” subjects. The goal is to prepare future generations to prosper in the new global economy. But where do the creative arts fit into this equation? How can art and music education help drive innovation? <a href="http://ericbooth.net/" target="_blank"><strong>Eric Booth </strong></a>is a pioneer in art education, and is the author of several books, including, “The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible.” He is also an artist, an actor, and musician and is widely referred to as the father of the teaching artist profession.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:58:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37188 at http://nhpr.org Eric Booth Teaches Artists To Teach Others Word of Mouth 09.14.13 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-091413 <p>The Saturday show is jam-packed jelly-tight with the best from the Word of Mouth archives. Sit back, relax and let the sweet sounds of this public radio audio sandwich be your weekend treat. On this week's show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/would-mirror-chip-aisle-encourage-you-buy-veggies-instead" target="_blank">Would a mirror change your shopping habits?</a> <strong>Michael Moss</strong> is investigative reporter for the <em>New York Times</em> and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He told us about some interesting new tactics supermarkets are using to influence shoppers.</li><li><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/week-without-food-what-its-live-soylent" target="_blank">This Soylent is NOT made of people.</a> A new 'food' product is meant to be the perfect replacment for all your daily nutrients. <strong>Lee Hutchinson</strong> is senior reviews editor at<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/ars-does-soylent-the-finale-soylent-dreams-for-people/"> Ars Technica</a>. He lived on Soylent for a full week, and blogged about the experience.</li></ul><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:50:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34849 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 09.14.13 Great (And Famous!) Artists Who Kept Their Day Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/great-and-famous-artists-who-kept-their-day-jobs <p></p><p>Minimalist composer <a href="http://www.philipglass.com/">Philip Glass</a> is widely acknowledged as one of the late 20<sup>th</sup> Century’s most influential music-makers.&nbsp; He’s worked with artists, musicians and filmmakers from David Bowie to Woody Allen, and famously collaborated with theater director Robert Wilson on the landmark opera “Einstein on the Beach” in 1976. Even after “Einstein,” Glass didn’t quit his day job as a New York cabby and some-time plumber…he was once called to install a dishwasher at the SoHo loft of a very shocked <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/arts/robert-hughes-art-critic-whose-writing-was-elegant-and-contentious-dies-at-74.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">Robert Hughes</a>, who was then the art critic for Time.</p><p>Here to talk about some<a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/52293/11-celebrated-artists-who-didnt-quit-their-day-jobs"> other famous artists </a>who stayed in their workaday jobs even after making their mark as an artist. <strong>Clay Wirestone</strong>, Arts Editor for the <a href="http://www.concordmonitor.com"><em>Concord Monitor</em></a> and contributor to <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/52293/11-celebrated-artists-who-didnt-quit-their-day-jobs"><em>Mental Floss.</em></a></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:58:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34267 at http://nhpr.org Great (And Famous!) Artists Who Kept Their Day Jobs Turning Data Into Art http://nhpr.org/post/turning-data-art <p>IBM calculates that the human race creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day, with information ranging from scientific research to consumer tracking to social media output. As businesses, governments and researchers continue to search for new ways to parse through this vast amount of information, one man is searching for the bridge between data collection and everyday life. In his project “<a href="http://brianhouse.net/works/quotidian_record/" target="_blank">The Quotidian Record</a>,” <a href="http://brianhouse.net/about/" target="_blank"><strong>Brian House</strong></a> interprets a year’s worth of his own location and movement data into an 11 minute musical track, <a href="http://www.wired.com/design/2013/07/a-years-worth-of-location-data-transformed-into-a-beautiful-record/#slideid-161721" target="_blank">morphing binary code</a> into warm vinyl rhythm. <strong>House</strong> is a doctoral student at Brown University in the Music and the Modern Culture and Media Departments; he also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. He created the quotidian record while he was a member of The New York Times Research and Development Lab.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:52:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32136 at http://nhpr.org Turning Data Into Art The Sketch Book Project http://nhpr.org/post/sketch-book-project <p>Artists from one hundred and thirty-five countries have submitted sketches, doodles and ambitious notebook illustrations to <a href="http://www.sketchbookproject.com/sketchbookproject">The Sketchbook Project</a>, a crowd-sourced art project that’s been exhibiting collective creativity from contributors worldwide since 2006. With more than twenty-seven thousand sketchbooks housed in its <a href="http://www.sketchbookproject.com/brooklynartlibrary">Brooklyn Art Library</a> and a trusty mobile library hitting the road for a nation-wide summer tour, Sketchbook’s ever-growing collection of art shows no signs of slowing down; <strong>Steven Peterman</strong>, founder and director of operations for “The Sketchbook Project”, joins the program to tell us more.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:16:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27606 at http://nhpr.org The Sketch Book Project The Routines Of Creative Geniuses http://nhpr.org/post/routines-creative-geniuses <p>Hemingway, Darwin, Joyce, Tesla and Picasso were all remarkably different in their temperament and creative output, but they had one thing in common: <a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682913/from-beethoven-to-woody-allen-the-daily-rituals-of-the-worlds-most-creative-people-and-what-#1" target="_blank">a successful routine</a>. From Franklin’s solitary nude reading hour to Picasso’s silent lunch gatherings, the outstanding rituals and habits that created genius are as fascinating as they are unexpected. Combing through over 160 accounts of creative minds, <strong>Mason Currey’s</strong> new book “<a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307273604" target="_blank">Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</a>” uncovers the daily almanac of history’s most eccentric, troubled and genius figures. Mason’s writing has appeared in <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/features/2013/daily_rituals/daily_rituals_life_hacking_tips_from_novelists_painters_and_filmmakers.html" target="_blank"><em>Slate</em></a>, <em>Print</em>, and <em>Metropolis</em>, where he was an editor for six years.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:12:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27605 at http://nhpr.org The Routines Of Creative Geniuses You're All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack http://nhpr.org/post/youre-all-just-jealous-my-jetpack <p><a href="http://myjetpack.tumblr.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Tom Gauld's </strong></a>cartoon panels have been described as bleak, minimalist, sweet and funny. The London-based cartoonist and illustrator draws a <a href="http://www.tomgauld.com/index.php?/portfolio/guardian-letters/" target="_blank">weekly cartoon</a> for <em>The Guardian</em> newspaper’s book review section, and has cracked the US market with <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomgauld/sets/72157632694469038/detail/" target="_blank">comic strips</a> in <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>.&nbsp; A new collection of those strips called, <a href="http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/shopCatalogLong.php?st=art&amp;art=a4d766ede05fab" target="_blank"><em>You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack</em></a>, will be released in the US on April 30<sup>th</sup>.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25886 at http://nhpr.org You're All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack