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Ep. 106: “Grayscale: a novel” Book Signing

Writing and publishing a book is no small feat, so when my friend announced that he was doing a book signing for a novel he had written, I knew that not only would I go to show support for his accomplishment, it was also a perfect artist date to take myself on. Full cover

A book can be many things to many people, and this book is the tangible result of a writer setting a creative goal and sticking to it. Not only did I enjoy the book – which, by the way, is a page-turning modern gothic mystery – I was so proud and happy for him for being successful in his journey to finish it.

I’m even happier to let you know that he was gracious enough to agree to my request when I asked him to record an excerpt for this episode. So, without further ado, please take a listen
below to the full episode and the excerpt.

Buy Grayscale: a novel on Amazon.

Read more about T. Reilly, the author.

T. Reilly will also be appearing at the Collingswood Book Festival on October 6, 2018 in Collingswood, NJ.

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

Ep. 103: Chair Yoga with Carolyn

Hi guys. Today marks a very special day – Episode 103 Day! Thanks as always for checking us out, we know you have a lot of choices in podcasts and we are truly appreciative that we chose to listen.

In this episode we decided to try something a little different than most of the artist dates we have lined up and escape the cold winter weather that we’d been experiencing. As the title of this post gives away, our time today was spent in a Chair Yoga class with a very interesting and mysterious octogenarian, Carolyn.

So scroll down, take a listen, and hear how we were reminded to keep always keep our minds open to new experiences and people. You never know what you might find.

A transcript of Episode 103: Chair Yoga With Carolyn can be downloaded here.

Ep. 102: Going Slow at The Barnes Foundation

One of the unexpected benefits of this little adventure into podcasting has been happening since I have started chronicling my artist dates. Being a bit of a planner, it’s been interesting to see how many cool things there are to do in just a couple of hours and that was definitely the case with this episode.

I’m no stranger to Philadelphia’s The Barnes Foundation, but I was a stranger to Slow Art Day, which as it turns out, is a real thing. It seems we now have a “day” for everything: National Chocolate Cake Day (January 27), National Postage Stamp Day (July 1), even the appropriately-time National Doorbell Day (October 31).

But Slow Art Day was new to me. According to the Slow Art Day website, their mission is simple: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. The rules are also simple: sing up at a local museum or gallery, attend and look at four pieces of art slowly, discuss your experience with the host.

Turns out, going slow has some real advantages, when looking at art, and when doing other things too. The Barnes Foundation has a wonderful collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modernist artworks. A trick to making the most of its many rooms and numerous sights to see: go slow…

Scroll down below the photos for the full episode.

From the top left to right, the four works viewed during International Slow Art Day: Edouard Manet’s Laundry, Jules Pascin’s Cuban Hospitality, Henri Rousseau’s Scouts Attacked by a Tiger and Henri Matisse’s Dishes and Melon.  Details of each of the four paintings, and a portrait of Dr. Albert C. Barnes by Giorgio de Chirico. All paintings are oil on canvas.

Read the ARTnews article about the beginning of International Slow Art Day.

A transcript of Episode 102: Going Slow at The Barnes Foundation can be downloaded here.