Jan Huling

Jan Huling’s background in textile and commercial design has led her to her current art form, surface transformation utilizing thousands of tiny glass seed beads, chain and cabochons to cover a variety of objects. She has discovered that when a form, such as a mannequin or an animal form, is completely covered in complex patterns and colors, somehow one is able to admire the elegance of the form itself. Her work has been compared to the Huichol Indians, but their techniques and imagery are quite different. Lately she has concentrated on organic natural forms, be they bird, bug, animal or human.  Jan is unveiling a major new piece this coming October at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The show will revolve around the theme of Mystery and will be up for eleven months.  http://janhuling.com/

Update-Jan Huling on Artsy

A self-proclaimed “beadist”, Jan Huling coats the surfaces of found objects with brightly colored seed beads. Through surface design and elaborate patterns, she recontextualizes familiar

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Shelley Heffler


Shelley Heffler attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she studied interior design and art. She graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Master’s degree in fine art and teaching.  After extensive travels in Europe and Asia, she settled in Los Angeles where she taught ceramics and fine art for 25 years at L.A. Unified and Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and reviewed in the British magazine Hedge, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Art Review. Shelley has recently been identified as “One to Watch” on Saatchi On Line. Now retired from teaching, she is dedicated to her art practice. Heffler’s paintings and sculptures are informed by a passion for maps and are inspired by cartography, NASA digital imagery, topography, and a deep concern for the interconnectedness of the world.   http://www.shelleyheffler.com/

“ I am inspired by science and ecological systems that represents an interconnectedness in the world we share.”


Jan Miles

Jan Miles worked as a children’s book editor for more than seven years, during which time she authored over thirty children’s books. As a staff writer, a ghost-writer, and a writer for hire, she has provided content for a variety of publishers, both in verse and in prose. Her work for children includes every conceivable format, from board and activity books to picture and chapter books. Jan’s first novel, Black, White & Blue, finished in the top 50 (out of 5,000!) in the young adult category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. She has just completed her first book-length nonfiction volume, The Post-Racial Negro Green Book, and is now crafting a work of adult literary fiction entitled If These Walls. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Boston, but she currently makes her home in New Orleans.


Malachy Tallack

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Malachy Tallack is a singer-songwriter and author. He writes both fiction and non-fiction focused on the relationship between people and place and the links between landscapes and communities. His first book, Sixty Degrees North (2015), is a travelogue, exploring the countries that lie along the sixtieth parallel. The book was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. His research took him to Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Malachy’s second book, The Un-Discovered Islands, was named Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award 2017. Malachy was shortlisted, this year, for Author of the Year in the Scottish Culture Awards. Malachy is also contributing editor to the online magazine The Island Review. He is from the Shetland Islands, and currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland.  http://www.malachytallack.com/


Josh Evert

Josh Evert is a songwriter, composer and producer from Milwaukee, WI. His main artistic focus since 2009 has been as a member of The Fatty Acids, a politically/socially charged psychedelic rock band with punk influence. The band has put out four full-length albums in the past ten years and Josh acted as sound engineer and producer for each release. Since 2012, composition has been the priority for Josh. His credits for film and documentary soundtracking include Al Jazeera’s Faultlines series and the Laura Flanders Show.  Recently, his songs have been featured on episodes such as Baltimore Rising, and Ferguson: Race and Justice in the U.S. This coverage has made Josh feel “ I was contributing to a conversation that America so desperately needs to have about race.” His work samples sounds from nature and uses them in ambient and experimental compositions that document the rhythms of people.  https://soundcloud.com/joshevert