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The Power of Everyday Artists and Makers of Things
Artists and educators Lenett Partlow-Myrick and Jenny O'Grady discuss the medium of book art and the transformative workshops that they lead. Lenett describes book art as a way to reimagine the possibility of what books can be, how they’re created, and ways that we can interpret them. In their workshops, which they lovingly call “human bonding studios,” they lead groups of people through a journey of self-exploration and genuine connection.
Lenett and Jenny provide space, materials, and a thought-provoking question to get their students started. The focus isn’t on the end product, but rather being open to a different way of delving into deep conversations about one's intentions, limitations, and purpose. Lenett and Jenny believe that everyone is an artist and describe what they’ve witnessed when a group of adults take time to pause and get curious.
In our conversation, we also touch on Lenett and Jenny’s collaborative efforts outside of the workshops. They’ve recently wrapped up “Dos-A-Dos II,” a showcase of book art and poetry called at Howard Community College’s Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery. Listen in to learn more about Lenett and Jenny’s enriching perspective on how sculptural storytelling can impact individuals and communities on a foundational level.
Topics Covered in the Podcast: Jenny and Lenett’s introduction to book art / Questions that workshop participants explore / Ways to make art more accessible to people, especially those who don’t identify as artistic or creative / The impact of quality, honest communication / Using book art workshops as a way to dissipate polarity in communities
Pam Uzzell is a documentary filmmaker and podcaster currently living in Oakland, CA. At twenty-two, she began working in post-production, with credits in over twenty feature films, including Terminator 2, Godfather III, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She is the director and producer of three independent documentaries, Some Call It Heaven (2007), Unearthing the Dream (2012), and Welcome to the Neighborhood (2018). Unearthing the Dream, which tells the story of the Black schools in Malvern, Arkansas, before desegregation, won Best Documentary at the Arkansas Independent Black Film Festival. Pam’s latest documentary, Shelter in Displacement, (short, 2020) was selected as part of the de Young Open and is part of the COVIDeos Collection at Filmsight.com. Read more at Art Heals All Wounds Podcast.
ARTIST TALK with L. M. PARTLOW-MYRICK
Sunday, June 19, 2022 / 1 - 2 pm EST
at Hamilton Gallery / 5502 Harford Rd. in Baltimore, MD
"What a TREAT it was to listen to Nef’fahtiti’s artist talk about the journey through her artistic process of conceptualism, technique, and materials! [We were] mesmerized by her stories of family, spiritualism and connectedness to the world through nature and humanity. It was the first time I looked through her sketchbook…it was amazing! When our time was up it was hard to tear yourself away. I wanted to hear more! Thanks, Nef’fahtiti for opening your world up for us, your fellow artists!" ~Therese Spadaro
Spring Visiting Artists Bookmaking Workshops and Talks on
Transcending Diversity through Art
Howard Community College, Rouse Company Foundation Gallery
February 11, 2022, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
L. M. Partlow-Myrick, HCC Adjunct Faculty and Partlow Art principal artist, and Jenny O’Grady, Editor of UMBC Magazine and The Light Ekphrastic, will present a day of interactive bookmaking workshops and artist talks centering their friendship built on a shared love of art that transcends their differences. Partlow-Myrick and O’Grady will lead participants in individual and group bookmaking activities for sharing, listening, addressing the complexity of diversity issues, and recognizing the beauty in our differences. This day-long diversity event is a prologue to Partlow-Myrick and O’Grady’s upcoming exhibit, Dos-a-Dos II: Different Lives, One Shared Spine, which opens in August of 2022 at the Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery.