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Tracy Richardson

Prelude: As I waited to interview Tracy Richardson I noticed that, inside the Conservatory of Music building on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College campus, relief sculptures of angels adorn the top of the doorways. Tracy is an amazing woman: wife, mother, musician, teacher, music therapist, performer, songwriter and author. As I drove away after the interview, I thought to myself that those angels are surely watching over her, and that is a blessing for us all. You can learn more about Tracy Richardson at tracyrichardsonmusic.com. Brian Miller     Brian: Where did you grow up?   Tracy: Just outside of Bridgeton, Indiana, on a farm.   Brian: I read that you started playing the piano when you were nine years old....

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Valerie Funk

Prelude: According to the “History of Quilting” by Julie Johnson, the earliest known quilted garment is on the carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh of the Egyptian First Dynasty about 3400 B.C. This is an art form that has taken on many transformations and uses. Knights wore quilts under their armor for comfort. The earliest known surviving bed quilt is one from Sicily from the end of the fourteenth century depicting the legend of Tristan. When American settlers began moving west, they used them on beds, as covers for doors and windows and as floor mats for children to play on. They were also used as currency to pay bills. I was elated that my wife Jane came along for...

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Heather Loney

Prelude: As I drove away from my interview with Heather Loney, I wondered how many houses I was driving by that might have artists living in them who are contributing to our “Quality of Life.” Ironically, Cathy Hendricks, my proofreader for these interviews (who is also an excellent writer) made a comment in an email after reviewing my interview with musician and songwriter Jack Shannon. She said, “There are people all around us who are so talented, and we don’t even realize it.” Her comment reminded me that the main objective of these interviews with artists within Arts Illiana’s borders is to expose their tremendous talents to you. These contributing artists, who may not have gotten as much attention as...

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Charles Adams

Prelude: At only 25 years old, Charles Adams has accomplished what most of us would hope for in a lifetime. I met Charles at Java Haute where we sat and talked for nearly three hours. When he applied for a scholarship, he was first told that acting was not a real career. What a lot of people don’t understand is that no matter what the career path a person chooses, success only comes with diligence, hard work…and passion. Charles Adams’ work ethic makes most us of look like wimps. He is following his passion and is an exceptionally talented, intriguingly funny and highly intelligent young man. Remember his name… the best is yet to come. Brian Miller   Brian: You...

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Mud Lotus

Prelude: Mud Lotus is a short film about a Tibetan monk on a quest to find the reincarnation of his dead teacher. Christine White is the film’s writer/director; Jonathon Nichols-Pethick is in charge of production/editing; and Ronald Dye is the lead male actor. Just like Nawang, the Tibetan monk in the film, the film took its own lengthy journey connecting these three individuals at DePauw University with each other and with a medium none of them had experienced before.   Brian Miller   ***     Brian: Tell me about the premier and how all of this got started.   Christine: We were able to get the film into the New Hampshire Film Festival. It premiered in October of this...

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