Episode Ten


Jess is a mixed media artist located near Albany. Jess enjoys working on a larger scale using plaster molds and objects she finds with her metal detector. Jess' project for quarantine was building her own free-standing studio in her backyard. Soon she will have the space to create large scale sculptures and get messy.



Atypical Art: Episode 10


Jess is an active member of the board at Albany Center Gallery, and when I met her she was the board president. In episode 10 we talk a lot about what artists can do in the community. Jess brought tup a grat point "if you are unhappy with your community, get involved to make a change". There are so many opportunities in our area and we need to take advantage of them.




The arts centers are struggling during these times, we need to help them as much as we can. Make a donation, any amount helps. If you can't donate money, donate your time, you can volunteer, share a post, spread the word! You can also donate your work to be raffled off to support the arts. Anything helps.



Jess plans on selling these birds of prey prints to support the arts. Keep an eye out on her website.

Jess and I talked about art etiquette and what you can do to support local artists directly.

We both encourage you to do what you can, and remember, it doesn't cost anything to like or share your friend's work.



Jess was one of the artists chosen to paint one of the many Nipper Dogs that were scattered throughout Albany.




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Atypical Art: Episode 9


Lisa Schroeder, is a driven artist and arts community representative within the capital region. Graduating spring of 2020 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a concentration in sculpture, she hopes to use her skills to continue to develop the arts community with a collaborative project she created called The Crit Wall. Now the owner of a small business that inhabits The Crit Walls mission, Symmetry Art Space LLC creates support systems for upcoming artists of all genres through critique, job opportunities, studio visits, gallery exhibitions, and the freedom for artists to establish essential relationships.

The group is now providing support for a growing number of 200 members practicing in music, dance, 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, creative writing, curatorial explorations, graphic design, and photography. Since 2017, Schroeder has served as a drawing/painting tutor at HVCC (Troy NY), continues to host BYO Crit Night at Collar Works (Troy NY), Project Manager at Art Omi’s international artist residency (Ghent NY), Fields/Events assistant at Art Omi (Ghent NY), volunteer at Albany Art Room (Albany NY), and a 2020 committee member for The Esther Massory Gallery (Albany NY).



As her primary focus is within the community, she is an active artist who embodies a thorough understanding of the importance of establishing connections.


Lisa's Instagram: lisaschroeder561


Symmetry Art Space: symmetryart





Join The Crit Wall Project and get involved today!



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Atypical Art: Episode 8



Katie Hackett is a twenty-nine-year-old musician located in Philadelphia. Katie Grew up in a very musical family, with her dad and brother also being musicians. Kaite's solo endeavors can be found on Spotify under Katie Bird.


Check out her new single "Chimes" released at the end of May.




The Lunar Year is an indie folk band based out of Philadelphia, PA. The group is led by front person Katie Hackett.

Their album "Herodias" was released June 2017. The record includes single "Porcelain" which gained them a cult following, television placement and international features/radio play.


Instagram: @lunaryearband, @katiebirdmusic

Katie uses music as a way to express and process her feelings, when she feels like she can't talk about them. Her advice to young musicians is to keep expressing yourself, and don't let people bring you down just because you didn't have the same path in life. Art is art no matter what your background is, you don't need to go to college to label yourself as a musician.


"Art is art, it's an expression of yourself"

Twitter: @LunarYearBand


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