Monthly Archives: October 2011

First Works

Multiple participants in the survey shared examples of early creative work that date back to their childhoods. Penny Sisto showed me her first quilt, an assemblage of fabric scraps she’d saved and sewn together in secret.  It features the figure … Continue reading

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East Washington Strings

As an intern at TAI in the summer of 2008, I helped document music communities in my home county, Washington.  Based on an article in a local newspaper, I learned about an informal after-school music program at East Washington Elementary.  … Continue reading

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The Rheingold Band, German-American Music Ensemble

The Rheingold Band is a German music ensemble based in Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana.  The band was formed in 1963 by a group of first-generation German-Americans that included Dieter Geckler.  The Rheingold Band continues today with Geckler at its … Continue reading

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Nancy Holderman, Visual Artist

Nancy Holderman is a visual artist from New Albany, Indiana.  Holderman says she has been drawn to creative practices since childhood.  After a long career as a commercial artist, Holderman now focuses on creating paintings and wood-burnings at her home … Continue reading

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The Dandy Lion, Handmade Craft Gallery

Craft artists Ali and Ani Tucker operate the Dandy Lion gallery in New Albany, Indiana.  The two sisters started this storefront space to raise the profile of handmade arts and crafts in the downtown New Albany area.  The Dandy Lion … Continue reading

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Kathy Nave, Woodcarver

Wood carver Kathy Nave lives in Georgetown, Indiana.  Nave has been developing her carving skills for 22 years, focusing on Santa Claus figures, embellished walking sticks, and small animal carvings.  In addition to creating one-of-a-kind pieces, Nave has worked with … Continue reading

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Jason Arsaga, Experimental Musician

Jason Arsaga is an experimental rock musician from New Albany, Indiana, now based in Neah Bay, Washington.  Arsaga picked up the guitar in high school, beginning by imitating the noisy styles he heard on tapes his neighbors gave him.  As … Continue reading

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Blue River Music Association

As an intern at TAI in the summer of 2008, I helped document music communities in my home county, Washington.  I paid several visits to the Blue River Music Association in Pekin, participating in and recording music sessions.  The Association … Continue reading

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Pickett’s Crossing, Bluegrass Music Ensemble

The eclectic bluegrass band Pickett’s Crossing has been based in Floyd County, Indiana for over twenty years.  Long-time members Troy Rigdon, Dave Cosson, and Ron Partin have crafted a sound that combines bluegrass with barbershop-inspired harmony singing and a wide-ranging … Continue reading

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Dennis Stockslager, Brewer

Dennis Stockslager is a home brewer based in New Albany, Indiana.  Stockslager began brewing his own beer in the 1990s due to his dissatisfaction with commercially available beers.  He currently brews on a rig he welded together himself, which features … Continue reading

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