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Martha Kaplan

Prelude: Martha Kaplan began her art career at the age of 11 when she stood in front of a painting by Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was so moved by it that she made an oath (“to the higher one”) that she would become an artist. At the age of 14, she did her first painting. Eric Meadors, her fiancée and long time friend, assists her in her 3,500 square foot studio in Sullivan, Indiana. I have done several artist interviews for Spectrum, and this one is just another reason why I love Art. You can see more of Martha’s work at www.marthakaplan.com.     Brian Miller                ...

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Laura Bates

Prelude: Laura Bates grew up in a rough neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. Many of her neighbors and classmates ended up in prison. Thus began her passion for realizing that learning begins at different times in one’s life and even in the worst situations, there is good that can come out of learning. Fortunately for her, she had strong parents who instilled in her the power of learning, and that “we all have something to contribute to make this a better place.” Brian Miller     Brian: What led you to become an educator, and why English?   Laura: My parents didn’t have the opportunity of higher education, but had a high respect for education and the value...

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John Salamone

Prelude: Weaving consists basically of intertwining two or more separate yarns or threads at right angles to form a fabric or a cloth. The art of weaving according to Wikipedia has been around since the Paleolithic Era, as early as 27,000 years ago. The oldest known textiles in the Americas were made of plant fibers around 10,000 B.C. John Salamone is a local weaver who incorporates a variety of fibers into his work and he has been practicing this art for over 30 years. Many of his creative and beautiful textiles (mostly scarves and shawls) are created from yarn that he spins himself. He grew up in the Southside of Chicago; he studied Theater at Eastern Illinois University before getting...

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Patrick Boggs

Prelude: I wasn’t sure what to expect from this interview. After all, it was going to be about zombies (the walking dead) and some guys doing a comic book. After spending about an hour and a half with Patrick, I walked away totally surprised at how interesting our conversation had been and how passionate Patrick Boggs, Norbert Yates and Michael Moore are about becoming storytellers…this is part of their story.   Brian Miller   ***     Brian: The Children of the Dead…What’s up with that? And by the way, I was told not to mention the word “zombie.”   Patrick: That’s right, we don’t call them zombies. I have had this story in my head for years. In 2005,...

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Rachel Hellmann

    Prelude: When I was a sophomore in art school, I had a disagreement with my painting instructor about how I was approaching an assignment he had given our class. At the end of our discussion, he compromised, but left saying, “Miller, if you think you’re so damn good, go try to make a living as an artist.” To say the least, it was my biggest inspiration to prove to him that I could do it.    Rachel Hellman is a professional artist. What does that mean exactly? It means she makes her living as an artist. Her Terre Haute roots brought her and her family back to Terre Haute where she works out of her studio behind her...

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