In this episode of ARTEFFECTS: learn about the new 2020 Artown, visit a unique terrarium shop in Denver, Colorado, see ballet and sports medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and watch how graffiti jewelry is made in Detroit, Michigan.
- Hello, I'm Beth Macmillan,
and this is ARTEFFECTS.
As many of you may know,
I am also the Executive Director of Artwon
and right now we are very busy
getting ready for this year's unique festival.
So I am not able to make it into the PBS Reno Studios.
Let me introduce you to the producers,
Guinevere, Martin, and Rebecca
as they will be taking over as hosts
for this episode enjoy.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic,
a number of different events
and festivals have been canceled.
However, the word canceled
doesn't even come to mind to the Artown team.
They're redesigning the popular July festival
into something everyone can enjoy.
- Artown is a celebration of the arts
every summer that helped define summer for Reno.
Artown takes place over 31 days in July,
July 1st through 31st.
- We partner with about 150
different arts organizations to make it happen
and about 75% of the events are free.
And we estimate an attendance every year
of about 300,000 people.
COVID-19 has affected Artown in every way possible.
- February 28th, we got a message from Dragon Lights,
which was at Artown in 2018.
Due to the air restrictions from China to America,
that there was a no-fly policy coming from China
but that precluded the Chinese-based Dragon Lights
from coming to America.
And so that's when it really came home to us.
When we started to have cancellations
on either legacy projects or phenomenal projects
that have made a big impact on the community.
So we knew it was real then.
- When COVID first happened,
I really believed that we may be able to have July
as Artown always is.
And I was planning festival A, and festival B
and possibly festival C.
And there came a point when I realized
that I needed to let go of that which was only a maybe
and focus on that which we could do.
We are not canceling the festival.
We are pivoting to make it different.
- We knew Artown will be in 2020,
a mixture of 60% live events
versus 40% virtual events.
To replace our normal ticketed
and large gathering programming,
we've decided to take art the people
and make them the headliners
in their own expressions of art
and expressions of support.
Not only for our first responders,
but also for just love and unity as a culture.
So we came up with the idea called Heartown,
and it's where we're asking people
to show us their heart through their art.
It came up through one of our board members,
how people were doing block by block.
They were doing expressions to show solidarity
to our first responders
who have been adversely affected
by the COVID-19 outbreak.
And so what we wanted to do is acknowledge that
and go how can we participate in the solution
and in the messaging and the positive messaging?
And before we knew it we had an idea
and we called it Heartown
and we sold it to ourselves first,
sold it to the board next,
and then we're selling it to the community now.
- Everyone in the community can participate in it,
whatever kind of art you wanna create.
You're welcome to create,
whether that's garden art
or whether it's glass art,
or whether it's a painting
or whether it's rock art,
whatever your expression of art is,
is what we want to see.
- Love conquers all
and we think that doing that Heartown symbol,
that heart symbol is something
that resonates with everybody.
So that maybe for the first time,
Artown can really be in the streets at your home,
on your block, at your place of work, in your driveway.
Anything, any expression
that shows your heart through your art.
We're helping to get art supplies out to the community.
We have 1000 art kits,
that are gonna be donated to underserved members
of our community through programs
like the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows,
places like Eddie House and Our Center.
They're gonna come into a tote bag with crayons,
markers, paints, and poster board.
- I'll bet you that everybody's backyard
and gardens are better than they've ever been
because nobody's going anywhere
and everybody wants beauty,
and creativity around them.
So whether it's art in their garden,
or if it's art in their kitchen,
or if it's art in drawing pictures,
or writing stories
or telling stories
or listening to the radio
or watching a film on television
or streaming something,
conversations they've may never have heard before,
or may never have been interested in before.
People have time to make space in their world
to take in more creativity.
It's very important that Artown continue to go
even if it's different this year,
because our community is hurting
and our community needs something to look forward to,
something to lift them up.
The arts are part of the healing and that's us
and this is a time in the summer
when people really, really wanted to have
an opportunity to gather with their friends,
and neighbors, and families.
So what can we offer them that makes them feel better?
And I really believe that Artown
is gonna do that this year.
- People are turning to art more at this time
because there's more time to be reflective.
Art heals, art unifies,
art is an expression of our imagination.
So I think this is gonna be a unique year
where people can find blessings in hidden places.
Artown is for everybody,
but we only really wanna live that.
- To learn more about Heartown visit artown.org.
The Terrorium Shop is a unique place
that explores the artistry of nature
and all its curiosities.
In this segment, we head to Denver Colorado to take a look.
- The decay and the regrowth,
for this is a process of these living creatures
taken by the earth
and then new life's sprouting from it.
I just love that cycle.
And the cool thing about the terrorium
is that it made me get into them,
it was the fact that you become part of that process.
The decay and regrowth,
is facilitated by you taking care of your piece
and I just thought it was really magical
to think of yourself in such a bigger concept.
- Entropy and regrowth,
happens to everyone and everything.
It feels right to make pieces that try to reflect that.
The Terrorium Shop,
is a story of a taxidermist and a gardener,
who met and fell in love.
Well the word terrorium,
is an amalgamation of the words terror and terrarium.
We bring kind of a spooky twist to terrariums.
- He likes to say it's spooky,
but I don't really think it's spooky.
I think it's beautiful
because it really encompasses
like the process of decay and regrowth in our products.
- I think a plant inside the mouth
would look pretty cool,
especially 'cause this guy
happens to be missing his teeth.
I grew up in Colorado hunting
and fishing in the mountains.
When I found out that I could start giving Amber
these bones and skulls instead of like bouquets of flowers..
- He would bring me so many bones
and say, "I just found this for you"
and I'm like yes!
- I think that's really how I won her heart with the..
- Dead things.
- Through the dead things.
- When I first started doing this,
I started doing it when I was little.
I used to go to greenhouse with my mom all the time
and you know she would let me pick up all the flowers
that I found on the floor.
I remember I was walking
and I saw this half deer face, when I was walking
and it had plants coming out of it.
And that's like when,
I started incorporating live plants.
This is amazing.
It's just so cool to see this creature
being like taken by the earth again
and new life sprouting out of it.
That's where the whole idea
of plants, bones came in.
I've been making these like mini-scenes
or mini-worlds terroriums for a really long time
and I had met Ian.
- Yeah it was about three years ago and..
- It was our first holiday together
and I had gifted him one of my creations,
and that's where it all took off.
He's like, "These are really,
you know, cool." - You know
back then it was simple.
A muskrat skull that she had found
situated amongst some cacti and some rocks.
It was very simple but I found it to be clean,
and beautiful and really represented rebirth from death.
You know, I'm almost thinking the possum
might be the right size for that one.
- When we got into the studio together,
him and I our brains just kind of took off.
- It was like these weird synapses of fire.
Some of our, I think, our best ideas have come out
definitely is just working together in the studio.
- Yeah definitely.
- And it used to be all at our house
but now we have this great shop
and it's like now we get to expand on that even more.
- Ian does the processing.
He does the dead things.
I do the live things.
We always joke about that.
- We have a little roadkill kit,
you know, that contains gloves
and plastic and things.
So if I do come across you know
something that is that is mud and leguminous
and then I can take care of it in sanitary fashion.
So the goal is to get something like this
free of all this all these little stringy bits.
It's not glamorous, it's not glamorous.
Like I don't yeah,
I can't stress that enough.
- Ian props the skulls open
and I bring them to the space
and that's where I kinda make the creations here.
So all my pieces kinda symbolize an experience I've had.
I try to think of like moments in time and recreate those.
Like it's become a 3D memory for me.
When I'm thinking about that,
I'm thinking about experiences in nature
but also textures, colors.
The way that they'll grow over time
to fill the piece is really important.
- And I think about like,
all the functional aspects of things too.
Like adequate drainage
and so, I take the time to go ahead bore holes
through the bottoms of all the glass.
Just being in this space makes me so happy.
- It feels so good to be here.
- It does and I love seeing all the life,
that also is happy in here too.
- I will always be a little bit grumpy in the morning,
it's fun, I need a pot of coffee.
In the mornings I love coming in here.
It's just so much fun to have a space to decorate that
and to share it with people.
- We're also kinda hoarders too
with like cool like old stuff.
So we've been able to take a lot of the stuff
out of our house and be like look.
- I guess it's 'cause we get to do, or create everyday.
Which is like being able
to bring a part of nature into your home
and like interact with it,
is like really magical.
You know and not everyone
has accessibility to it nowadays.
Not everyone has the time to get out in nature.
So being able to have a piece of that in your house,
I think it's really amazing.
- Beautifully put.
- To check out more, go to theterroriumshop.co
and now let's take a look at this week's art quiz.
In what year was art town created.
Is the answer A 1993,
or D 2006.
Stay tuned for the answer.
Ballet dancers have graced stages for centuries.
What people may not realize though,
is that ballet artists are also incredible athletes.
Up next we visit the Cleveland Ballet to find out more.
- If I've been dancing professionally,
like I'm dancing all day, everyday,
my body doesn't feel young.
- The amount of stress you put on your body
day in and day out,
the amount of agility and stamina.
If that's not an athlete, I don't know what you call it.
- [Narrator] Most people's basic understanding of ballet
is pointe shoes and tutus.
But ballet dancers want audiences to know
there's so much more.
- Our job is to make it look easy on stage
and we're not supposed to show that it's difficult.
- [Narrator] This season is the first year
the Cleveland Ballet
is partnering with the sports medicine department
at University Hospitals,
which will allow the dancers
to receive more preventive care.
The physical therapists who work with the dancers
know how to treat the artists as athletes.
- Our bodies are our instrument.
Those are our tools.
That's the same as football players.
They're using their bodies as an instrument,
as a tool to get where they need to be in the game.
- I'll wake up one morning
and I'm in so much pain.
It's like, oh my gosh!
I can't do jumps
or I can't do this today
and then I go to physical therapy
and I'll be like, almost 100% better right after.
And I'm like, oh wait, I can do this!
I think that if I keep on going to physical therapy,
the life of my dance career will be a lot longer.
- [Narrator] It's Marla Minadeo's
first season as a professional dancer.
Her mom Gladisa Guadalupe,
is the artistic director for the Cleveland Ballet.
Guadalupe had to retire after an injury
and she thinks it could have been prevented.
- The career for dancers is very short
but if you take care of your body now
in a professional environment
and with professionals
that are in the medical field,
that understand the wear and tear
and how to prevent,
they could have careers up to 45 or 50, why not?
And that's what we want.
- [Narrator] Dr. James Voos of UH,
oversees the partnership,
and he's also the sports medicine physician
for the Cleveland Browns.
He says taking care of an athlete's body
is important for football players and dancers,
both professional and in training.
- Now this is particularly close to me,
having young dancers at home.
Contact athletes such as football players
and our performing artists,
such as ballet dancers.
Put an incredible force on their body,
day in and day out.
That force to jump and maintain poise
and posture day in and day out
puts an incredible stress on the body.
While you may be moving more gracefully in ballet,
those stresses on the body are very significant
and so the ability to maintain flexibility,
to put together a preventative program
is just as important in both sports.
- [Narrator] Guadalupe says it takes months
to put something on stage as a production
but it takes decades for a dancer to be trained.
- I don't think people understand.
They just see the beauty,
the curtain goes up
and they just see the end product.
They don't see the sweat
and the hard work,
and that's my hope
that as much as I will like the audience to enjoy,
which they do enjoy the performance.
That they understand,
what these artists go through
and respect the profession.
- Discover more at clevelandballet.org
and now let's review this week's art quiz.
In what year was Artown created,
is the answer A 1993,
or D 2006.
And the answer is B 1996.
- In this segment,
we meet the creative team behind Rebel Nell
a social enterprise based in Detroit, Michigan
that designs one of a kind graffiti jewelry.
- [Amy] One of our number one rules at Rebel Nell
is that you never fall in love with the top layer.
It's really what's underneath that's important.
- Graffiti is just paint over,
painted over, painted over,
and you have these layers.
And everyone has these layers
and once you peel them back,
you see different sides of people,
different backgrounds, different things
that they've been through.
- Whoever touched it had her own mind
and train of thought when she put it together.
So each piece is uniquely different
and I think that's our style.
- Rebel Nell started around March of 2013.
Where I was living in Detroit,
it was right next door to COTS.
COTS is an amazing organization in the city,
which is abbreviated for the Coalition on Temporary Shelter.
It's a women and family-only shelter.
And I would have conversations with the women
and you know I learned that these are incredible women
who so often left to challenging situations
in search of a better opportunity,
even if it meant going to the shelter.
This was my sort of aha moment
and I asked my business partner at the time.
I said, what if we could provide
all the wraparound services,
sort of a teach a woman to fish concept.
And then what if we could come up with a product
that we could employ them,
that we could sell
that would then provide all the wraparound services.
And then really that concept
for Rebel Nell was born then.
My business partner and I,
Diana had, we both had some jewelry-making background
and so we thought what if we could create,
some Detroit-centric jewelry,
that would really pay tribute
to the city that we live in
and also become something cool to wear.
And then it wasn't until a run on the Dequindre Cut
when I saw some graffiti on the ground
and that was the light bulb moment for the jewelry.
- With every piece of jewelry I create,
I put love, energy, affection.
- [Amy] The evolution of Rebel Nell,
is so much credit is with the actual design team.
In taking their thoughts and considerations
into how we've changed or evolved our process.
They're really to be credited
for that equality that it is today.
- You actually have creative control.
So you can choose your piece of graffiti
and it's all about the person who's making it
because each one is different
and it's based on our personality.
- We start off with metal sheet
and then we draw our shapes on it.
After we cut that out, we put our graffiti on
and that's another part that I'm not able to say
the how we get that graffiti to pop so beautiful
but we get it on there as pretty as we can get
and then we actually cut, shape, glue, bind.
Then after we get all that part processed,
we put this resin on it which makes it shine.
Then we sand our edges, clip our piece,
make the back, polish it, pop it,
and then we drill this hole in it
to put the chains on or do our earrings.
We do French hook earrings.
Post drop earrings, which is the one with the ball
and they also dangle.
These signature pendants.
This is a large piece.
We have medium pieces
and then we have really small pieces.
- [Amy] You're wearing a piece of Detroit.
There's a piece of history
that we've done a great job
of being able to encapsulate and preserve.
And most of the time it's on silver or brass,
depending on your price point, your interest
but you know what,
you certainly will have a piece that will last you,
that you could pass down for generations to come
and share in that piece of Detroit.
Our true mission of why we do Rebel Nell,
is to provide a transitional opportunity
for the women that we hire.
We are looking for women,
who have a desire to change their situation
can work well with others,
and a willingness to learn.
One of the things I've learned
about running Rebel Nell
and interacting with all of our incredible employees
is just seeing how broken the system really is.
And especially the challenges,
if you are you know a single mother,
and trying to maintain a job, right
and you don't have that support system.
- I ended up at COTS because unemployment
said they overpaid me four and a half thousand dollars.
They garnished me for all of my income taxes
including the unemployment which I was receiving
which led to my homelessness.
- Brenda is a blessing for this planet.
There's nobody who has had a more optimistic
and positive attitude,
even when life hands her a lot of challenges.
And we've experienced quite a few of those with her.
And just to see her put on that face of perseverance.
- Sometimes just the thought of where I come from
and to where I'm going can bring a tear to my eye
but it's a positive tear.
- [Amy] Nechelle she is the like little spark plug
that we have here at Rebel.
She's gonna go very far.
This is just a stepping stone for her.
- I seriously am a lot better now than I was.
- We have this TEA program,
which is the teach, educate and achieve.
I didn't consider about credit scores,
fixing my accounts,
what kind of accounts I could have, secured loans,
and all of those kinds of things,
were taught to me through the TEA program.
I'll be working on home ownership,
which is another thing that the TEA program,
like working here just opened my eyes to a lot.
So I'll be a homeowner really soon.
- They really helped me become more self-sufficient
and like lead me on a correct path and stay on it.
Like this is more like a family setting more than anything
and that's why I love it here.
- We also think that the women we employ
are really rebelling against what life's dealt to them.
And we're dealing with graffiti
which is rebellious in and of itself.
And we also wanted to pay tribute
to a woman who was a trailblazer before us.
Eleanor Roosevelt and everything she stood for.
Her nickname that her dad gave her was Little Nell.
We think she is certainly worthy of a stronger nickname
and that's how we came up with Rebel Nell.
- Everybody who does graffiti,
all throughout the city of Detroit
before they had these projects
they was considered rebels.
People do look at me, who went through homelessness.
And say oh she was rebellious, she didn't follow the rules,
she didn't do what she was supposed to do to get there.
So when I get that graffiti,
I get to change it into something awesome
that you never knew somebody
that was a rebel could do something so great.
- When you look forward to going to work,
that's when you know you've found you know your niche.
Like it's you come in, and we're just happy.
- We're cousins, I tell everybody that.
That's really what I say.
We are all cousins here
and we share food, ideas, thoughts, it's a plus.
- [Amy] I know that most of the purchasers
understand how special a piece of Rebel Nell really is.
And again going back to,
not only because it's one of a kind
and through the cross section of graffiti
but also because of the woman who made it.
And what that really is doing
to make a difference is really powerful.
It stands that you believe in empowering women.
It stands for you believe in promoting equality
and making a difference in this world.
- We show people that we're women
transitioning out of homelessness
and we can do this.
It's never too late to focus on your dreams
and do whatever it is you feel like you want to do.
- To see more visit rebelnell.com.
And that wraps it up for this edition of ARTEFFECTS.
For more arts and culture,
or to watch past episodes,
We will see you next week.
Thank you for watching.
- [Narrator] Funding for ARTEFFECTS,
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Sandy Raffealli, The June S. Wisham Estate,
Kate & Richard Kenney, The Nell JSON. Redfield Foundation,
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