Suggested Donation is a podcast devoted to the arts in all forms. Hosted by two contemporary painters, Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff, the conversations provide an insight into the creative mind. By speaking with both traditional and non-traditional artists and craftsmen, curators and restorers, we create a dialog through which we discover common ground across disciplines and spaces united by..
We caught up with acclaimed artist Robert Liberace. We had been planning to speak with Robert for a while so we were excited to finally record with him. Robert is one of the top figurative artists working today, drawing and painting figures that are swirling with life and movement
We sit down and have a lively conversation with the talented artist Shana Levenson at the Figurative Art Convention & Expo (FACE) in Miami where we discuss life after kids, being a single mom, finding the time and passion to dedicating ones life to pursuing a professional art career, art techniques and much more. Enjoy! Thank you Trekell Brushes for sponsoring this episode. Use coupon code SD18 at https://www.trekell.com for 15% off trekell brushes.
We sit down for a chat with our dear friend, amazing draftsman and painter, Dean of Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and Professor of Drawing and Painting at The New York Academy of Art, Dan Thompson.
We were recently joined by acclaimed artist Cesar Santos, who dropped by the Grand Central Atelier while in town for the Art Miami show in NYC. We had a super fun and energetic conversation about art, getting into galleries, boxing and more. Thanks again to Jay Braun, the Grand Central Atelier and Cesar Santos!
We are proud to release the latest installment of Suggested Donation Podcast with artist, teacher and founder and director of the Sadie Valeri Atelier: you guessed it...Sadie Valeri. Sadie was so generous with her time and her thoughts, and we are grateful that we are able to share this super-fun conversation with you. Sadie's atelier was founded by a grassroots network of artists sought her out after following her outstanding blog which documents her own journey to learn classical drawing and painting techniques. We follow her development from a young Salem girl who noticed how dirt forms on snow, through RISD, and on to her transition from graphic designer to hi-tech web designer to very low-tech indirect oil painter. We hope you enjoy this one! Thanks always to Jay Braun, The Grand Central Atelier for hosting us for this recording, and everyone who continues to listen and write in with much appreciated words of support.
“Between Darkness and Wonder” | oil in panel | 16 x 20 inches
"Self portrait at 41 in the studio with dog" 31 x 41 inches, oil on linen
We were recently joined by artist David Kassan and his friend Johnny Walker for a fun conversation at the Salmagundi Club. David is coming off of the success of his Kickstarter campaign to fund his Parallel Palette. David discussed his work, inspiration, roots and his Kassan Foundation. We hope you enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed speaking with this widely admired and talented contemporary figurative painter.
Edward, Tony and Jay talk about what 2014 was like doing the podcast, answering some listeners questions (criticism) and the all important what's in store for 2015. Edward makes Tony uncomfortable by saying nice things about one of his paintings and more.
We sat down with artist and teacher Kerry Dunn. Apart from painting his own outstanding portrait and figure work, Kerry has had a front row seat in the building of Nelson Shanks Studio Incamminati where he now works as one of the primary instructors.
We sat down with a friend and one of our favorite painters, Marc Dalessio. Marc primarily paints portraits and landscapes, and has become known for his large and small landscapes paintings executed on site. He is a sought after teacher, and an international man of mystery. We had a fun evening recording a conversation in the Salmagundi Club Library, where Marc told us about his training in Florence, his experience drawing around riots and tear gas, and most importantly, his motivation for painting everyday surroundings all over the world.
Thanks always to Jay Braun, The Salmagundi Club, and everyone who listens!