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Living Storm Productions Taking Filmmaking By Storm

Editor in Chief JOEY BROYLES

Managing Editor KELLY LAJTER



Contributing Photographer s Jeff Blankenship Peter F. Castro Matt Englehar t Honey and Bee Photography Kelly Lajter Paulius Musteikis Photography Adeline Peck Sable Park Photography

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Living Storm Productions

Taking Filmmaking By Storm by Kelly Lajter


Photography by Sable Park Photography


Peter F. Castro Editor’s Letter

Eye-Popping Eyewear by Adeline Peck

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Getting to Know I am Dragon by Allan O’Connor One on One with a Metal Legend

by Ty Christian

The Final Days of Just God by Kelly Lajter


All American Beauty by Katrina King


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An In-Depth Look at Art In A Con by Christy Grace


IPG Submission


by Peter F. Castro by Paramour Photography and Retouching

Letter from the Editor

Come & Get It! August 2013! Who would’ve thought it would come up so fast. For me, July was a rush of personal creativity and growth and it has also been for our magazine. We’ve been having several discussions at Project Famous Magazine about expanding… Expanding our publication in size, as well as with the option to enter the world of print. We’d love your thoughts on the matter; feel free to drop us a line. As of now we are content with the digital copy, but truthfully, we’re oldschool and would kill to have a copy to physically page through each month. Time will tell whether or not we’ll be venturing that way.

I don’t often talk about my own personal life in our issues but I’d like to take the time to tell you how proud I am of my fellow members in our artist collective, especially Project Famous Films. We entered the 48-Hour Film Project this year and it was beyond memorable. I pushed myself further as a writer and actor entering the genre of Horror. Let me tell, you as I was writing the script, I became fully aware of how scary my imagination and mind can be. With only two hours of sleep, we shot in several locations and filmed for about seventeen hours straight. Our team is very deserving of the following awards we took home for our film “D” including “Runner Up For Best Film,” “Best Use of Genre,” “Best Editing,” and “Best Sound Design.” Thank you to my friend and director, Ben Wydeven for asking Project Famous to participate. It was another life-changing moment. The film can be seen on YouTube for those brave viewers. Living Storm Productions is no stranger to the dedication and hard work of making a film. I’m happy to shine the spotlight on this gem of a film company in Madison, WI. Made up of Alex Contr-

eras, David Warner and Bryan Royston, these guys have put in their dues and have the quality films to show for their hard work. Be inspired that no matter who you are, you can make it happen. LSP definitely has a bright future ahead of them and I can’t wait to see what they do next!

This month we welcome our new Art Editor to the Project Famous Magazine family, Christy Grace. Christy has knack for finding the greater things in life whether it be with her own beautiful art or connecting with other local artists in town. I’m happy to have her on board and look forward to all the wonderful things she’ll bring to the magazine for our readers. But for this month, she gives us a very thorough look into Art In A Con. To celebrate the Summer, August’s Fashion section brings something a bit different. All I can say is: Get ready to see sunglasses in a whole new way! Our brilliant Fashion Editor presents you “Eye-Popping Eyewear” in this month’s edition of Frugal Fashion. My personal favorite would have to be the blue guy... You’ll just have to page through and find out what that’s all about! As always, we have an informative and fun music section for you. This month features a great piece entitled “Getting to Know I am Dragon,” written by Project Famous Magazine’s newest writer – Allan O’Connor. Allan is a long-time fan and member of Madison’s music community and he gives us an inside look at this talented band! Time to get reading folks! Have a great month! PROJECTFAMOUS.COM | AUGUST 2013




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FROM: Guerrilla Thrifter


Hello readers! Guerrilla Thrifter here to show you again how to stay stylish on a budget. August’s issue explores eyewear. Three willing subjects went red, green and blue over the affordable prices. These images speak for themselves, and let the eyewear shine. All sunglasses were purchased at Mallatt’s Pharmacy & Costume on Williamson Street at $7.99 each! Mallatt’s, a staple, local business in the Madison community for decades, stays current with its fun products and has been drawing customers since its doors opened. Stop on by, grab some glasses... and paint if you are inspired!




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The Final Day of Just God

Story by Kelly Lajter

Pictured L to R: Michael Haven, Robert Lughai, Nicholas Wootton, Doug Reed. Photo by Kelly Lajter


ne can put most any adjective to describe shooting an independent film, but rarely does the word “easy” come up. For filmmakers, the quest to find financial means or backers, equipment, crew members, actors, and locations can be daunting. Everyone involved is usually working for free, volunteering their time and energy for nothing – other than the experience, and perhaps their name in the credits. It’s pretty damn cool to think about an aspiring filmmaker and dreamer that worked on the concept of this film for over two years, and with the help of many others, Nicholas Wootton, (writer, director, and executive producer of Just God), saw his vision become a reality – a live-action, 100% real film – a tangible product, created from an idea that popped into his head while having dinner with his son and wife one evening.

I wrote about Just God in our debut issue back in February. Just God was my first Behind the Scenes article and I took the journalistic approach with that piece; I interviewed Wootton, got tons of information from him, and then set to work on putting it all together. I told readers to watch for a follow-up piece. This piece, six months later, has been written after the final day of shooting. Just God is wrapped, all scenes filmed, and all audio and video footage captured expertly by a crew of talented filmmakers to display the work of many great actors.

The final day of filming took place on Saturday, July 13th and we had to create a typical

workday for the lead character, Father Stevens, played by Doug Reed. Stevens runs a drop-in youth center and this day of shooting involved many key participants. We needed to establish a setting believable to audiences. Thankfully, we had access to one of Madison’s community centers for the day. This was just the place to crate Stevens at work with “his” kids. The day kicked off at 7am for the crew with the first of the cast members at 8am. I won’t refer to them as “extras” because without them, this montage of Stevens’ workday would not have been possible.

The first scene took place at an indoor basketball court and eight kids, ranging from seven to fourteen years old, took the time to learn simple basketball warmup routines and took turns shooting lay-ups for the camera. The shots were filmed with a camera panning and sliding along a slyder dolly, operated by co-producer and cinematographer Michael Haven. While Wootton directed Doug Reed, basketball choreographer Jeff Hoffman coached the kids in their basketball drills, with Wootton directing their performances and rooting them on. It wasn’t hard to get the kids excited – they were making a film and having a great time.

Co-producer and assistant director Robert Lughai assisted Wootton and Haven with the shots and helped capture the best footage for the scene. Like a welloiled machine, the basketball scene finished ahead of schedule. A group photo of all the basketball kids and Wootton, Reed, and Hoffman was taken and all of the kids left smiling. We couldn’t have asked for a smoother or better-organized scene!

Next up was the art room scene located at the community center where another batch of kids, ages seven to nine, were set up painting light-catchers and molding clay. Again, Reed’s Father Stevens interacted with the children and created a scene believable to the audience, (which at this point was made up of chaperones and parents of the kids involved in the scene). By 11:30am, this scene was wrapped and we were still ahead of schedule – something to be proud of in the world of filmmaking!!

The third and final scene at the community center was shot in a casual sitting area where Stevens involved another group of five kids, this time teenagers, in a “teen-talk” session. Reed’s typical comedic personality shined, and all of the teens had a great time laughing and joking with him. The walls in this room were painted vibrantly, creating an interesting and fun atmosphere to set the stage. At the back of the room, Haven and Lughai were able to shoot some great footage while Wootton oversaw, creating the most dynamic scene possible.

Upon wrapping the final segment, we enjoyed pizza from Ian’s and took advantage of the down-time to chit chat with the parents and chaperones, and to plan our next destination – a building downtown that would be used for outside of God’s office. At 2pm we met up with returning actor Craig Johnson, and he and Reed went through the scene with ease; it was filmed in less than thirty minutes and Johnson finished his final scene, leaving the set with a smile on his face. Just down the street, we met with a previous actor of Just



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Craig Johnson and Doug Reed on the set of Just God. Photo by Kelly Lajter God, Colin Cameron, and he allowed the usage of his building to shoot a very important scene with another returning actor, Veronica Harper. Here, Harper portrayed her character with such intensity that audiences will be speechless. I cannot share spoilers, so you’ll just have to trust me on this and see Just God yourself!

Once this scene was wrapped, we made our way over to Wootton’s home where the very last scene of Just God would take place. This shot required some movie magic, creative thinking,

and lots of patience. Haven and Wootton even had to climb onto the roof to make sure it was shot right! After a short time, the very important shots were captured, and Wootton’s wife, Jill, popped open a bottle of champagne and the remaining cast and crew celebrated the completion of Just God. Laughs, multiple toasts, hugs and many fond memories were shared.

Just God is now in the post-production process, which will require hours upon hours of footage and audio editing, and finalizing a high-quality and enter-

taining product for audiences to enjoy. Wootton hopes to have a rough-edit for test screenings this fall, with the final release in the spring of 2014. For more information on Just God and to keep up with the progress of the film, visit the Facebook page. Tons of photos and video clips are posted for everyone to peruse. Check it out!



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Living Storm Productions Taking Filmmaking By Storm

by Kelly Lajter



Living Storm Productions’ Alex Contreras. PROJECTFAMOUS.COM | AUGUST 2013



here are many film production companies in Madison and the surrounding areas and I had the pleasure of sitting down on a sweltering summer afternoon with Alex Contreras, Bryan Royston and David Warner of Living Storm Productions. Nestled in a corner booth in the bar at Bowl-AVard Lanes, the four of us sat and talked film, the industry, and what it means to be a production company. Kelly Lajter: So, you all came together through film. How did this happen? Alex Contreras: In 2009, I had put together a script called The Sentinel’s Flight and it was through that pre-production process that I had the opportunity to meet David, since he was part of the auditioning for some of the actual cast that we needed. He played a dual role, where he was also the script supervisor on set. Bryan came in much later through the production – I would say about 50% through, as an extra – it was kind of a friend-of-a-friend situation. KL: How was David involved in casting? AC: David auditioned for one of the major roles that we had at that time, and he only fulfilled a very small casting role because we were more interested in having him fill that script supervisor position which we needed.


“I don’t want to pigeon-hole people... because we know there are other talented people out there...” David Warner: And that was the first audition I had ever done. I wasn’t expecting that I could just walk in there and land that lead part… There were a lot of people that auditioned who ended up not being cast, but were part of the crew or were extras. KL: Would you say that today it’s easier to find cast and crew? Have you made more impactful and lasting relationships? AC: I would tend to agree with that. I have been doing film for 13 years, almost 14 years and in that time, I think so much is organizational, or it depends on how well organized you are with networking, bringing information to the people that you’re interesting in working with, and as you create that rapport, and continue to work with those relationships then I think that it makes it easier.

DW: With the way Madison is, and film is in general, it’s a project-by-project basis. So if there’s something else going on – say something from Hollywood comes to town the particular weekend you want to do something, odds are, a lot of your first choice people will be booked for that. Then you have to decide whether you change your dates or open up the project. KL: Does it make it easier when you have people you can count on that you can just call them up and say “Hey we’re doing a project, are you in?” Bryan Royston: On the last couple projects, the first list of proposed crew, not everyone was available, so there were some attempts to find other qualified, trained people. DW: Yeah, there’s always the potential that an equally qualified person is out there; we just aren’t aware of them until we really define what’s in the tertiary that we haven’t really looked into. BR: I don’t want to pigeon-hole people, and I don’t always want to be working with the same people because we know that there are other talented people out there… DW: I want this to be a chance for other people that we network with in Madison, and even bigger than that, get a chance to break in maybe somewhere else where they don’t have the chance to.

Pictured L to R: Alex Contreras, Bryan Royston, and David Warner. KL: Regarding Transhuman, it had a really cool teaser trailer in September 2011 and then there was nothing else after that. Are you still planning to produce this? AC: I think it’s pretty typical where any group of individuals that come together, production or otherwise, where you can be stalled by any various stage of the process. In this case we had agreed that we wouldn’t pursue this project unless we had all the resources available. In the beginning it was more about getting the tech components and the actual individuals… We did get to that point where we felt comfortable on that level. Then there’s the financial component and that is a heavy burden for such an expansive, epic project… I think if we were to approach Tran-

shuman today, it would a bit different.

being your first big thing – your first feature film?

DW: If you talk to filmmakers, there’s usually the mention of the project that is the project they want to do but they realize ‘I can’t do it at this point’… and then when you’re talking funding, you need to have solid examples for backers to go “okay we see very good potential.”

AC: (Laughs) Absolutely no.

AC: So for the last two years we’ve been putting together shorts, now a music video, and looking at commercials for the coming months and other work to add more value to what we do, like David saying here, we really need that as a cornerstone to say this is what we do, what we can do to market ourselves. KL: Do you see Transhuman as

BR: We’re looking at another feature before Transhuman, but not as grandiose a project. It’s called Safe Haven. That’s something we started last fall that we put on hold because of anticipated weather changes, we expected more snow, and we said we’re going to put it on hold and come back to it in the spring. DW: The big difference between the shorts that we have been doing and the feature is sheer amount of time on set. The one thing we did with The Sentinel’s Flight that we want to strongly avoid in the future is filming over many weekends over a very long period of time… We had actors leave,



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Living Storm Productions’ David Warner.

and we were forced to make changes… We don’t want to fall under that same trap. KL: Ok, let’s shift gears again. Why Living Storm Productions? Why this name? AC: Back in 1994, maybe even earlier, I was anticipating or gearing up for classes that were more related to atmospheric and oceanic science, meteorology. I had created that email name around that time. DW: As in The living storm. AC: I felt like it was always catchy. When it came to film, there’s always a bit of unpredictability, chaos; it felt like it

really explained the atmosphere at times, and really what you would expect through that process. KL: And the logo has that tornado. It’s is a tornado, right? BR: Hurricane (laughs). It means different things to different people! AC: (Laughs) DW: There was some discussion about the name…Everybody liked that name and we had kind of been unofficially going by that name at that point, we might as well keep going. BR: Yeah, I remember there

being much less debate about the name than there was about the graphic to use… AC: Another topic for another time. (laughs) BR: (In a forced serious voice) This is the time. DW: (Laughs) KL: Again, in short answers, what first got you interested in film? DW: Watching movies I guess? (laughs) BR: I think, just an opportunity to express myself in a different way and to be…you know, I like to act as well, so...



Warner, Contreras, Royston. DW: Short answer! (laughs) BR: This is hard for me… Just to be someone different. AC: I like to make people laugh. KL: For you personally, what is the most exhilarating part of making a movie? AC: Well, I would say it’s more about bringing people together to work on the project. BR: Two answers, both short – One is being on set and two is premiering or showing the audience your finished work. DW: Primarily showing a really high-quality product to the public, but there is a lot of excitement initially, especially for shorter projects; it’s easier to keep that excitement up the entire time. 33

The location for Living Storm Productions’ photo shoot took place at Marcus Eastgate Cinema. KL: I hope it’s prophetic… Eastgate was very generous to allow us to use their space and it was really a great way to capture you all… Is there anything on your minds that you want to share that we haven’t discussed? AC: The core of this business the foundation that I built it on - is really bringing people together and providing them opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have. So we continue to do that time and time again and open it up for other people to treat this as their company as well. They’re going to get as much out of it as they’re willing to put in… We have distinctly different roles in the company

that continue to push it forward and we’re always looking for people to assist on other capacities that we haven’t had time to develop. DW: It’s always been our goal and continues to be our goal to replace our day jobs… BR: Yeah, this is what we enjoy doing and I would love to be able to just focus on film… Wouldn’t we all?

Living Storm Productions has an online presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube - which includes the six shorts (The Audition, Damn That Thing!, Wind Up Toy, Killboy and Krash, Stones, and Red Light). Their website is the best place to go for all of this and more. Visit


by Katrina King

Photogr aphy: MATT ENGLEHART Models: BRITTINIA DiMATTIA | ALEX VOGEL Hair : CANDI FULLER of Green Tangerine Salon Make-Up: KATRINA KING of Blush! Make-Up Artistry Designer : Nicholas Schmidt USA


In this month’s beauty section we are highlighting the talented Candi Fuller of the Green Tangerine Salon and models Alex Vogel and Brittinia Di Mattia. Our fabulous designer for August is Nicholas Schmidt USA. Nicholas provides the many tailoring and leather needs of the greater Madison area. He specializes in raw selvage denim and vegetable-tanned leather goods. He also provides leather and denim repair. Candi has been in the industry for five years but has been immersed in creating concepts in hair since she was a little girl. She is inspired by the world around her. Art, nature and music drive her to create concepts in hair, whether it is by creating color, texture or style. Hair is her fabric. She especially loves combining textures in hair. She did just that for our featured look! For this look she used wooden dowels and a flat iron to curl the hair and made a crimped braid with a roughed-up look. It’s soft, messy and a bit playful. To complement the hair, we focused on a classic, matte smoky eye. Utilizing the Naked Basic palette, we swept a soft taupe in Brittinia’s crease, used a beautiful vanilla on her lids and smoked the outer corners with a deep chocolate brown and black. We kept her cheeks fresh with a gorgeous peach shade and used Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Runaway for her lips. Matt Englehart was our creative photographer, and he really captured the relaxed looks of Nicholas and Candi’s designs!











Getting to Know


by Allan O’Connor Photography I am Dragon



monster of rock has appeared on the Madison music scene. I am Dragon is a talented, up-and-coming band that will hold its own with Madison’s best rock OUS.COM | AUGUST bands. They2013 offer the34area highenergy live show coupled with a fresh sound. I sat down with the guys to discuss the evolution of the band, the recording of their first album and some of their favorite moments. I found them to be very thoughtful, charismatic and exciting. They are genuinely humble about where they came from and how they came to be where they are. I am Dragon began as a collaboration between drummer Andy Christoffersen and lead vocalist/guitarist Jon Stover in the fall of 2010. Christoffersen and Stover eventually recruited keyboardist/vocalist Luke Crary and guitarist Brian Koderl. It was in early 2012 that the line-up was cemented with the addition of bassist/vocalist Dustin Skelly.

With the members set, the band went to work rehearsing new tunes and playing shows. This work led them to enter Blast House Studios in Madison to record their album, The Lucky Ones, in September 2012. Working with engineers Dustin Sisson and Landon Arkens, they spent two days in the studio laying it all down. The songs were recorded live instead of being tracked, a technique “which helps maintain the energy and intensity of the songs,” adds Crary. Christoffersen explains, “You’re not just trying to play your parts, mechan-

ically, you’re able to see each other’s movement and catch all the cues.”

and to do it at The Frequency, a place they consider home, made for a special moment. “We walked out of that place on a cloud!” exclaims Skelly.

The Lucky Ones blends elements of pop-punk, jazz, classic rock and grunge to create a sound Playing Maybash was the enriched with melodies and a other highlight. The band was “stripped down vibe,” says Stover. honored to have a headlining set Influences such as Charles Minon Saturday night. They had to gus, The American Dead, MC5, follow up Colorphase, whom they Dave Grohl, and NOFX can be think very highly of, and Skelly’s the Daze heard on tracks like “Major Bros.” thoughts at the time were, “Oh no, and “No Reward is Worth This,” how can we do this? But it went which features a melody recorded great,” he says. on grand piano. With a precise In the fall, I am Dragon is and thumping rhythm section, planning to write and rehearse in sweet and crunchy guitars, harmoanticipation of another full-length nious vocals and melodic keys, album. In the meantime they will these guys will make an audience be featured on a Blank Face want to get up and move! Records compilation and will be The band used a successful playing a Halloween show at The Kickstarter project to fund the Frequency where they will unveil album by pre-selling CD’s and tee a “secret project.” “Prepare yourshirts, which led them to the title selves!” says Skelly. The Lucky Ones. “We consider Be sure to meet these guys ourselves the lucky ones because when you go to a live show, and we have the opportunity to do get yourself a copy of The Lucky this,” states Koderl. They were Ones. More information includalso able to commission artist and ing shows, news and merchandise friend Lyon Smith to do an etching can be found online. for the cover of the unique CD packaging. The package is a ple sheet of paper folded to hold the disc. The etching is stamped on the cover, and the track list is printed on the other side. “We decided to do it this way because we care about the environment,” states Stover.

When asked to describe the biggest moments in their careers to this point, two things come to mind: The CD release party at The Frequency was the most exciting, according to Crary. He says, “We had lights and a smoke machine brought in and jammed to an amazing audience.” Releasing the album to all their friends and families was very important to them,



Pictured L to R: The most metal band on EARTH! Lords of the Trident: Asian Metal, Pontifex Mortis, Killius Maximus, Sledge Carrotte and Fang VonWrathenstein.

One on One with a Metal Legend Recently I had the chance to sit down with famed singer, composer, performer, and professional barbarian Fang VonWrathenstein from the most metal band on earth, the Lords of the Trident. The Lords had just released their new EP, Plan of Attack, on July 6th. Fang met me in his studio in the Mohorovi_i_discontinuity, 13 miles beneath the earth’s crust. Ty Christian: Fang, thanks for taking the time to meet with me today. That was quite the elevator ride to get down here. What was the cylinder that they loaded me into to get down 43

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here...? Fang VonWrathenstein: Pneumatic tubing. It’s the same type of system they use at banks. TC: Ah, that makes sense. So, the band has recently released a new EP, called Plan of Attack. This is the first release in two years, following the critically acclaimed Chains on Fire. Can you tell us a little about the album and the writing and recording process leading up to it? FVW: Absolutely. The last album, Chains on Fire, was

recorded and mixed by me and my team of enslaved demons down here in the moho. Up until this EP, no other mortal had really been a part of the recording, mostly due to the high heat and sound pressure levels that our amps create. You need to be really strong to withstand that; it turns most people into a fine mist pretty instantly. That’s why I was impressed when we were approached by Martin Atkins and Doug Olson who said they wanted to produce this new release. This was the first time we had used producers. To be honest, I wasn’t ex-

pecting much, but when Doug immediately challenged me to a blindfolded sword fight upon meeting the band, I knew we had our guy. Really fantastic sword handling too, I might add. TC: How long did the recording process take? FVW: Well, all in all it took us about six months to finish. We had a whole new level of precision with the producers running the show. Doug took almost an entire day to tune Sledge’s kit before we even recorded a single note. It was an incredible sight to see. We melted a few microphones during the process of recording the guitars, but we eventually found a good mix of alloys that would withstand the heat from our amps for about thirty minutes at a time. This gave us a good amount of time to lay something down. Then, we would mix, mix, mix... that probably consumed the most amount of time. But Doug was just a master at his craft, so every mix would sound better and better. TC: The album sounds fantastic. So, now that Plan of Attack is out, what’s next for the Lords? FVW: Eventually, complete world domination. Sort of like a worldwide dictatorship, but with awesome guitar solos. But for now we’re planning a tour in August to support the release.

We’ll be heading east for the first leg of our tour from August 10th through the 17th. Our plan is to end the tour in Pittsburgh, PA – the hometown of our best friends/mortal enemies DETHLEHEM. Last time we did battle with them here in Madison, I lost a dice roll against them at a live show. This time, I plan on showing them the same indignity in front of their fans! Hahahaha! TC: Any plans for a music video for the new EP?

FVW: Yes, absolutely! We’re planning on shooting the music video for “Complete Control” the weekend of July 27th here in Madison. The Frequency has graciously allowed us to pack a bunch of insane metalheads into the venue, along with a large amount of pyrotechnics. Should be a fun time. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for that

video! TC: Where can fans pick up a copy of the album? FVW: You can pick up an MP3 copy of the album pretty much anywhere MP3s are sold. We’re on iTunes, AmazonMP3, eMusic, Spotify, etc. If you like your music all physical-like, you can order a copy of the album from our website. We’re trying a new approach with this release - Plan of Attack is “pay what you want.” We’re suggesting five to ten dollars, but technically you could pay anything you want. But remember – don’t be a dick. While you could technically pay zero dollars, that would be an insult to your Lords. We have your address, and we’re not above showing up at your door demanding an axe battle to salvage our honor. And I’ll just put it this way: your chances aren’t good. TC: Well said. I guess we’ll leave it at that! Thanks very much for taking the time to talk today. So... how do I get out of here? FVW: Stand under the tube labeled “out” and the suction should pull you straight out. Might want to borrow the house armor, though. It can be a bumpy ride.




An In-Depth Look at Art In A Con by Christy Grace


Glitter to Gore’s Michelle Soltis applies body paint.

As an artist, it is sometimes difficult to promote yourself and find your place, especially in the beginning. Who in this city do you talk to and show your work to? Who can you connect with that might guide you or point you in the right direction? Where all of your fellow artists are, and what are they doing to get their work seen?

On Saturday, July 13th, the owner of the Art In on East Washington, Jack Chandler, kindly hosted a great event that helped answer some of those questions for some of Madison’s resident artists. Art In A Con was put together with the purpose of “bringing art and the community

together.” These artists, gallery owners, tradespeople and numerous other talented individuals put a lot of time and heart into this daylong event. Each brought something special to the mix, making for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for artists and art-lovers alike - there was something for everyone!

I arrived later in the evening, around 7:30, to a gallery full of people and so much to see. The walls were covered with art – there were kids running around with their faces painted or fresh henna designs on their constantlymoving limbs, there was live body painting, printmaking, fortune telling, a photo booth and a music

video to watch. There were refreshments available, and DJ Samrock played out the evening portion of the affair. Earlier in the day, there was a drum circle, marching band, bike parade and a live figure drawing session. There was so much to take in and so many amazing people to meet that I will have to give just a few highlights. First off was Stef Rogers, AKA Roger Snatch, artist and small business owner of Jade the Goat. Rogers’ art is full of texture and depth. She layers paint, carves into it, and paints more through drips, splatters, and streaks. Rogers showcased her paintings, some abstract figure drawings, as



well as examples of her products from Jade the Goat. She says, “I am a girl who bought a table saw. With it I create custom canvas stretchers and birch canvas. I also help frame, hang, and make art gallery-ready. As a passionate artist, I want to encourage people to create and hope to make a quality product that other working artists can afford.” I spoke with her about her work and then purchased a birch canvas to experiment on at home!

A highlight for me was the figure

drawing corner set up by artist and gallery owner Evan Bradbury of Bright Red Studios in Madison. Examples of figure drawings adorned the walls and earlier in the day there was a three hour life drawing demonstration led by talented local artist, Theo Howard. Using easels set up in a semi-circle, guests were allowed to participate and draw or paint a female model in a bathing suit. Bright Red Studios hosts a life drawing class every Thursday 49

night, from 7pm-10pm, usually facilitated by local artist Paul Smith. I have attended quite a few classes; always enjoy myself and leave feeling better-practiced and inspired. I encourage people of all skill levels to come and experience figure drawing at “Life Drawing, Tonite!” for $15 a class! Gracing Art In yet again with their talents, Dawn Marie Svanoe and Michelle Soltis, owners of Glitter to Gore, LLC, demonstrated both body painting and henna tattoos. Svanoe did body

painting with full head and wing pieces on two models inspired by fire and ice. They were show-stoppers with beautiful airbrushed details and a twenty-foot wing span each! Soltis worked her magic on guests by painting faces and doing lovely, intricate henna designs. Also demonstrating her skills, friend and fellow face and body painter, Annette Durfee, painted a model as a sharply dressed woman complete with

skull boutonniere, as guests looked on. Glitter to Gore was also there to let people know about the “Greater Midwest Body Painting” event coming up next March. Check out their website and follow the Zombillies link to get more information.

I got the chance to talk to a few gallery owners who had information booths set up. They welcome both art admirers and artists. I first spoke to Jeff Waldman from Atwood Studios and Warehouse Gallery, located at 2716 Atwood Avenue. He had an email list available for those who want to be informed of upcoming shows. He also had some great information for artists who might want to show their art in his gallery. He provides a very easy and affordable way to showcase your art in a large and professional setting. I also spoke with Meghan Blake-Horst, gallery manager and buyer for Absolutely Art at 2322 Atwood Avenue. She explained different options for involvement for both the community and the artist. She gave me a comprehensive page on artist submission protocol, which is great to have! As an artist just beginning to seek out galleries, I have often wondered what the etiquette was for approaching a gallery to showcase once I made full series. Hint – don’t approach an owner or buyer with your own work during another artist’s show. Feel free to introduce yourself, but ask for a way to contact them at another time and ask for their submission preferences. Those are just a few of the many amazing talents represented at Art In A Con! I am so grateful to have met these people, not only to have new art connections, but to be able to feel the friendship found in similar goals and ambitions. Check them out, get connected, and make awesome art!

son’s near eastside. The 1,000 square-

foot gallery can accommodate solo and

group shows and is now taking reserva-

tions for 2013 and 2014. For more information, please contact Jeff Waldman



interests. Music, visual art, writing/poetry, drama, etc.


nity-based, democratic, music-making

to help fuel social change, have fun and

build community.”

quality art supplies for professionals,

GALLERY 99 – art for $100 or less. An

1985. You’ll find everything you need

son-based artists.

craft sticks.

WORMFARM – Utilizing Roadside


stands), Wormfarm Institute’s Food

from paint to plaster and from canvas to

– Photographer/Artist Alison E. Mader

online gallery exhibiting work by Madi-

Culture Stands (artist built mobile farm

Chain project creates a vibrant market-

specilaizes in hand-colored black &

place of food, art, and ideas and serves

gins in black & white. Alison hand

feature local talent, and collaborate

white photography. All of her work beprocesses her own film and prints her

own images on archival paper. She then adds color to these black & white pho-

tographs with “Berol Prismacolor” colored pencils.

ATWOOD STUDIOS – The Warehouse Gallery is an art gallery located in the

historic Atwood neighborhood on Madi-

KARBEN 4 – Karben4 specializes in

amored with the myriad of delicate fla-

collective. “We believe in using music

students, children and crafters since

artists can afford.”

English-style malt bombs. “We are en-

little art supply store has been offering

people to create and hope to make a

studio space open to all skill levels and

Forward! Marching Band is a commu-


passionate artist, I want to encourage quality product that other working

ever Art In A Con, bringing art and

community together! Contact Art In at

With it I create custom canvas stretchers

Studios is a art gallery and art studio

space. They have private and communal

East Washington that hosted this first

“I am a girl who bought a table saw.

hang, and make art gallery-ready. As a

ART IN – A new Madison gallery on

JADE THE GOAT by Roger Snatch –

and birch canvas. I also help frame,

(608)-807-8982 or via email at jwald-

Groups involved in Art In A Con:

Event - March 20-22nd, 2014.

as a vehicle to launch a new business,

vors and aromas that malted grains


FREDRIK - Artist Fredrik, the ambassador of the movement, “Impulsism.”


group for hand drummers and hula-

hoopers to get information about gatherings and events in the Madison,

Wisconsin area.



Musteikis Photography and Smere Tac-

tics bring you an exciting photo booth filled with artistic props and good atmosphere. Let the good times roll!

across disciplines.

GLITTER TO GORE LLC – Glitter to Gore is owned and operated by two very passionate individuals when it comes to anything make-up and Halloween. Find more about this wonderful company and the next Greater Midwest Body Art

TINA MILLER – Tina performs crystal readings (in person pr or via phone or

email) with her own intuitive system.






Photographer PETER F. CASTRO




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