Nashville Arts Magazine has honored me with a gorgeous, four page article in the June 2018 issue about me, my work and my exhibit “Building, Dwelling, Thinking”, part of the “Flying Solo” series at Nashville International Airports “Arts at the Airport” program. I am over the moon with appreciation to everyone who worked to make this happen!
Just a quick post to share my Pitch experience as part of the 2016 Periscope Class. This is only the beginning of my new journey: I have a great start on better defining myself as an artist, a new body of work (albeit small, but more to come) and I’ve made lifelong connections with a whole new group of awesome friends from many disciplines. Thanks a million to Casey Summar and Amber Buker of ABC Nashville for creating this opportunity and their tireless work, and to John Murdock for his on-point, entertaining lectures. I will miss spending time in the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s state-of-the-art facility! Thanks also to my group leaders, painter Karen Seapker and Audra Harvey of Abrasive Media for their insightful guidance. Another heartfelt thank you to Tennessee Craft for the professional development scholarship, my sponsor and mentor, the talented (and very patient) Kim Barrick, the judges and advisers who gave so generously of their time and knowledge like James Szuch and to everyone who came out in support. I learned a lot and discovered new things about myself, like how much I enjoy a captive audience! Click here to see my slide presentation and scroll down to see my part of the email blast from Arts & Business Council. Enjoy!
Final round of our three-part email series introducing the Periscope artist entrepreneurs who will be featured at next week’s Pitch!
Our talented artist entrepreneurs will put their training to the test when they take the stage in September to pitch their arts businesses to the community at this capstone event for the Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training program.
Alice E. Shepherd
A maker since childhood, Alice is a native Nashvillian and an MTSU Summa Cum Laude graduate with a business background and the passion to create. She sold wall sculptures made of lightweight metals and industrial parts before beginning her self-education into kiln formed glass. Arts at the Airport holds one of her glass works in their permanent collection and she has shown at Oz Arts Nashville, Seed Space and ARTable 2015. Her tabletop lamps and decorative pieces are available at Picture This and in a juried exhibit at Centennial Arts Center. She plans to develop larger glass and metal works with an industrial, metropolitan aesthetic and is looking to explore relationships with metal-smiths, galleries, interior designers and home staging professionals to help bring her work into homes, businesses and public spaces.
What a head-banging start to the new year already! We’re on a mission to bring our passions with a vengeance: hard rock, heavy metal and motorcycle riding culture back into our lives and art. Big dreams and plans for new designs that come full circle to where this journey started: wearable and sculptural kick-ass art from Artwork Cubed! Speaking of, here are are some of my coolest custom pieces:
We started by checking out a set by metalcore band, Play the Victim, to welcome into the family our new 19 year old, vocalist nephew. Great set at Rocketown in Nashville and proud to have another metalhead in the clan! Check out this track http://playthevictimtn.bandcamp.com/track/catalyst and show ’em some love on their facebook page. Gotta keep an eye on the up-and-comers!
This week we raged on at Lamb Of God’s “Sturm und Drang” tour with the mighty Anthrax at Marathon Music Works. KILLER show that also included the band Power Trip who put in a thrashin’ performance. Next month, the relentless, “Repentless” SLAYERRRRRR!!!!! https://www.wmarocks.com/events/detail/slayer-2016-wma. Shout out ya’ll to let us know you’ll be there and we’ll hook up!
We’re on the prowl for future show dates and scheming ways to connect with YOU…we and 68 Artwork Cubed initiates did some major connecting at the July 2015 show. Here’s the coin (logo on reverse) they all got and me, post-show, with a sample of some of the love…washable ink stamps of my logo, one for them…68 for me!
We need you to continue to connect and inspire with us to create awesome new designs to bring to the Nashville metal community. We know you’re out there! Help us bring the 2016 metal evolution and let’s ride!
Pictures speak volumes! Here is my wonderful evening as a presenter for ARTable. Thank you Nashville Arts Magazine and Paul Polycarpou for the coverage and fun auction. My sincere gratitude to Matt Fischer (Picture This) and Deann Bradford (Leadership Donelson-Hermitage) for this opportunity; and to Danielle “The Clay Lady” (Clay Lady Studios) and Tami Archer (Mid-South Ceramics) for being such gracious hosts at their gorgeous campus.
Thanks also to everyone who helped and to those who came out in support! I hope you all enjoy your new artworks! More pieces are available now at Picture This (my gallery page on their website is being updated as I write).
In the meantime you can browse my website under Current Work for info and pricing. Let me hear from you and be sure to share pics! Contact me here or at Artwork Cubed on Facebook and enjoy your fall season!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that during my presentation at ARTable last Saturday night, one of the pieces from my new “Astral Musings” collection was chosen to become part of the permanent collection for Nashville’s “Arts at the Airport“!
I am deeply humbled by this privilege. My sincere thanks to Deann Bradford (Exec Director, Leadership-Donelson Hermitage) and Matt Fischer (Chair, Metro Nashville Arts Commission) for this honor. And uncharacteristically at a loss for other words to express my gratitude and excitement! Stay tuned for more info and pics of 2015 ARTable!!!
Greetings Cube’sters! New year, new tack on my blog postings.
As many of you already know I am a trained Sociologist with a minor in Philosophy, emphasis in ethics and aesthetics. I often have strong opinions on things but rarely the time to reflect, adjust and refine enough to share. I was recently given that opportunity. I am calling these “The Morning After” because I typically require time to assimilate and think about such heady topics. Maybe more of these will follow so I’m calling this “Installment #1”.
On the evening of January 14th I attended a salon, “UnBound Arts Hosts: Group Discussion on “The Death of the Artist – and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur”, with some of the most interesting and talented individuals one could hope to engage in intelligent conversation. We all read the above article in quotes as well as a counterpoint then convened to discuss. There were many salient issues and one chose me to examine it more thoroughly. Later that night and into the next day I could do nothing but think and write about it. The following essay is a result.
On Agency: Intent, Goals, Making Art and the “Dirty Word” – Marketing
The diversity of opinions expressed in last night’s above mentioned meeting brought some ideas into sharp relief for me. I recall watching a TV interview with several hair bands that had been wildly popular in the 80’s. The gist of one of them went something like this:
Interviewer: What do you say to the critics who wrote that you were an untalented musician?
Band member (likely the front-man/vocalist): You know man, that stuff never really bothered me.
Interviewer: Now come on….
Band member: Look, I never even thought about being a musician. I set out be a rock star. And that’s exactly what I did! (Kicks back on sofa with broad grin and general air of confidence and satisfaction).
This speaks volumes to the ways in which intent, goals and efforts to create operate within a given cultural climate. Individual tastes aside some ass kicking music was created that resonated with a lot people. In the interest of full disclosure I was one of them. The rock star obviously considered himself successful and the critic’s arguments irrelevant. Time seems to supports the rock star’s opinion. One thing is for certain; a sweet package of marketing and creativity made that part of rock culture an iconic era, and for a lot of folks a lucrative one. But was it art? Should the two even be compared? Is that important? Why is it important? What we should be asking ourselves in forming our opinions and questioning those of others is this: What is AT STAKE?
The works of the relatively few scholars I have had the good fortune to read and reflect upon (from those who lived centuries ago to contemporary authors) have well demonstrated to me that none of us exercise our agency in a vacuum, no matter how much the isolating effects of (post?) modernity may cause us to feel so. Like it or not we all stand on the shoulders of…well, in this case if not giants, those who came before. Willful ignorance, or simple neglect, to acknowledge this does nothing to advance the “state of the art”, whatever domain we’re considering. In thinking about Thomas Kuhn’s work regarding scientific paradigm shifts it seems impossible to do “anything you want”. Whether broadening the current paradigm or roundly rejecting it in favor of something entirely new one still references the former. Even if one claims to be unaware of doing so the situation is not likely to escape the notice of others. And those others usually have a vested interest in the dominant paradigm: be it reputation, integrity, a desire to maintain existing values and quality or (gasp!) money.
Discourse predisposed to dichotomies, for example Artist vs. Creative Entrepreneur, lends itself to bringing out the defensive in the most well-meaning of us (myself included). After all, these aren’t just free-floating labels we’re batting about. They have a practical impact: mainly on the legitimacy required that allows us to act autonomously within the socio-economic and political conditions of our time. (Read: create with integrity and still eat, preferably clothed in your own abode). Make no mistake, regardless of the “democratization” technology has offered we still don’t get to decide these definitions as an amorphous group of individuals. Democracy is not “anything goes”; its ultimate end is majority rule. And definitions only exist by majority agreement.
My position is that doing/being BOTH “Artist” AND “Creative Entrepreneur” is unavoidable; perhaps even desirable. Will this prevent me from mastering my art? Or being referred to as an artist? Considering all the pieces I have to “join together” I might incidentally and quite happily become one (as in the root definition of the word). Maybe that 80’s rock star had it right all along. Clarity of goals and honesty with ourselves and others about our intent are essential to success: however you define it.
I have two exciting things to share: First, my Special Edition Collection of kiln sculpted glass is on display for purchase at Picture This Creative Framing and Gallery. The new location is celebrating a grand re-opening on Dec 4th from 5:00p to 8:00p and I look forward to seeing everyone! The works are also available for online purchase at http://www.picturethis-gallery.com/alice-e-shepherd-kiln-formed-glass/ thanks to Matt Fischer! Be sure to click on the “View Details” button in the “Quick View” window to get the whole story. I do love a good story, don’t you ? 🙂
Say hello to Turquoise Sky, the birthstone of December. The visual effect of the mix of brilliant blues and sunset colors made it easy to choose her name. And there’s a piece for every month of the year! These substantial bowls weigh 22 ounces and are approximately 8-1/2″ in diameter by 2-3″ deep.
AND if that isn’t enough…I am just back from setting up at Treasures for the Holidays at Gaylord Hotel and Resort (https://www.facebook.com/treasuresfortheholidays) with the “Birthstone Keepsake Collection”, mini versions (5″ diameter) of the gallery pieces complete with the most precious little “hat box” you’ve ever seen! It has self-threaded, replaceable ribbon. You just tie the bow and voila! Gift! These are perfect for bedside, bureau, or sink-side as a safe place to hold your valuable rings, earrings and other jewelry while you get on with your busy life. You might say they’re “Gems for Jewels”!
I love it when a plan comes together. Stay tuned for updates and enjoy your holidays!