Category Archives: The Arts

Arts Incubator Program Acquired by Berea College, Relocates to Berea, Kentucky

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Tim Glotzbach Director, Director of the Students Crafts Programs. displays one of the students crafted bowl for sale to the public!!

AmericanPressTravelNews.com–August 23rd, Bob and Barb, “Stopping to Smell the Roses”–In July, Berea College acquired the intellectual property of the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, AIR. The programs, now known as the AIR Institute of Berea College has relocated from Colorado and become part of the College Crafts Program at Berea. Tim Glotzbach, Director of the Students Crafts Program said: “When I started working with Berea in 2007 I came from a University system as a professor and Administrator and  as an Academic Dean in the system. Now I see the fruits of giving so many students a craft opportunity that can carry them through for their entire life in so many ways.” Barb and I felt his strong enthusiasm for giving his all to the students of Berea. 

The AIR Institute programs serve communities with creativity-focused community and economic development workshops and programs. Using cross-sector collaboration, AIR serves artists, business people, educators, and the community together. AIR Institute programs teach design thinking, business planning, and entrepreneurial initiative with the latest business development strategies and tactics, such as fast prototyping and lean startup principles. Hundreds of people from a dozen states have used the programs to succeed.

Berea Senior Student Zach smith (lft) stands behind one of the dozens of benches he has made for businesses and private property owners in and around the City of Berea.
Berea Senior Student Zach smith (lft) stands behind one of the dozens of benches he has made for businesses and private property owners in and around the City of Berea.

“Berea College believes that the AIR programs provide a sustainable future for the American Craft movement, the work of creatives, and vibrant, creative communities nationwide,” said Lyle Roelofs, president of Berea College.

Berea College will be offering AIR programs throughout the United States, with an initial focus on Appalachia and the Intermountain West regions. “The AIR programs build on the Berea College tradition of serving artists, expanding financial opportunities for Appalachia, and promoting arts, crafts, and creative business practices,” said Tim Glotzbach, Director of Berea College Crafts. “The programs are a natural extension of the original Fireside Industries programs instituted by Berea’s third president, William Goodell Frost in the late 1800s. Students and others in our region will now be able to access innovative programs that will help them make a financially sustainable living as artists, creatives, and social entrepreneurs,” said Glotzbach. 

Student Zach Smith shows off some of his and other craft students handiwork to be sold at  the College Crafts Center Store.
Student Zach Smith shows off some of his and other craft students handiwork to be sold at the College Crafts Center Store.

Beth Flowers, the former Executive Director of the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, will serve as the Director of the AIR Institute of Berea College.

The AIR Institute of Berea College includes the AIR:Shift Workshop, AIR:Evolve Program, AIR:Internship Program and the AIRffiliate train-the-trainer community development programs, and associated website, marketing materials and community development methods.

Berea College is known internationally as a center for and leader of the American Arts and Crafts movement and Appalachian Craft Revival. The College Crafts Program at Berea has been training, making, and selling hand-crafted furniture, brooms, textiles, and ceramics since 1893. The program was established as a way to preserve traditional Appalachian crafts and to provide parents a currency with which they could help pay for their children’s education. Every year, more than 100 of Berea’s 1,600 students choose to work in the Crafts studios, shops, and outreach programs as part of the Berea College Labor Program.

Since the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, AIR began in 2012, more than 500 artists, creatives, business owners, educators, and community leaders from more than a dozen states have participated in AIR Institute workshops and programs resulting in participants gaining diversified networks, increased productivity, higher morale and increased revenues. Funding for the development of the AIR Institute was provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Americans for the Arts.

For more information about the AIR Institute of Berea College visit: www.AIRinstitute.org

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 60 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition.  Berea is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing, and meals.  The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.

For more information about Berea College, visit: www.berea.edu

Oyster Custom Bamboo Fly Rods Ultimate Crafted in America Now also Building Saltwater Models

William Stephan Oyster made a decision: " "thoughts were to create art in the realm of fly fishing. So, when I realized that there were people who wanted the best, the very best engraved and hand made bamboo fly rod in the world, I went totally in this direction."
William Stephan Oyster made a decision: ” “thoughts were to create art in the realm of fly fishing. So, when I realized that there were people who wanted the best, the very best engraved and hand made bamboo fly rod in the world, I went totally in this direction.”
The fly rod customer who ordered this rod waited a year and in line to get his bamboo treasure.
The fly rod customer who ordered this rod waited a year and in line to get his bamboo treasure.
Oyster's right hand associate works a bamboo rod section.
Oyster’s right hand associate works a bamboo rod section.

AmericanPresstravelNews.com-W.S.Oyster, Rod Maker– Blue Ridge, GA.-June 20th, –“Bob & Barb On the Road Again.”-When you find the best of the best in any endeavor, you feel the need to revel in those that have achieved great success, especially when they also pass it on! From what Barb and I experienced, we found this in William Stephan Oyster’s endeavors. As a hobbyist, angler originally from N.W. Wyoming, in 1998 he took his fly fishing into his artistic schooling background thinking of Fly fishing as more of a journey than a destination.

After moving to Blue Ridge, GA. and making a bamboo rod for a friend, the word got out about his craftsmanship and he found himself not only crafting high-end, engraved rods, but also teaching the art, starting in 2000. His 7-day course has been enjoyed and coveted by thousands to date. He now keeps his business tight to no more than 100-students per year, who pay 1760.00 dollars each, and get to take home the rod they craft. While in the class they have a room at the Oyster House accommodations, very convenient right over his shop where after dinner they can have a beer and smoke a cigar if they like. “It’s a learning vacation for my students, who get to keep what they learn to create.”  At the store Oyster Rods start at $2390 per rod, and as they get fancier with custom rod butts engraved to the customers specifications the costs go up. Jimmy Carter ordered a high-end model and high end goes in the neighborhood of $17,000 each (and way up to near $60-K) and wait on line. These are all crafted, hand made and it takes lots of time to make a great working, yet gorgeous working bamboo fly rod. There are now many saltwater models out there too! Check out Oyster-www.oysterbamboo.com 706-374-4239.

A rod butt end-cap made for a Presidents rod!
A rod butt end-cap made for a Presidents rod!
Details such as decorated ferrules make Oyster Rods a Standout, heritage collectible.
Details such as decorated ferrules make Oyster Rods a Standout, heritage collectible.
Details all custom are a hallmark of Oyster rods!
Details all custom are a hallmark of Oyster rods!

 

The Hatch Gallery, In Charlotte County in Placida A Fertile Family In Design Crafts

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Owner, Jon Hatch had a plan, acted on it and today has a fine crafts and antique business!

American Press Travel News – April 6th, (Bob’s Birthday) Team Barb and Bob in Charlotte County, “Stopping to Smell the Roses” Visiting the Antiques and craft of Placida’s breeding ground of entrepreneurship! We met up with dad John Hatch and his wife at the old clam farmers shack and purchased by son, John Hatch in 2003. What John did with this was just perfect for a family creative arts and crafts business. Located N.E. of Gasparilla Island, overlooking Gasparilla Sound and next door to The Fishery Restaurant.

The little re-purposed shop, has many fans both in and out of town, wanting much of the crafted items in the shop, for decorating the walls of their high end condo’s and homes. Many of Jon’s and his father’s creations are shipped all over the USA. Who wouldn’t enjoy viewing, what most people would think of as flotsam and jetsam, seeing that same discarded and passed-by-as-junk, become a true piece of cherished art, such as a palm branch turned into a gorgeously crafted croc or alligator that doesn’t bite! Well, at Hatch Gallery you’ll see this and true collectible land and sea antiques as well! Check out their website: www.john-hatch-originals.com and give the Hatch Family a call at: (941)-697-9531 

I found some early musky lures and old metal tackle boxes too!

The Hatch Gallery, once a clam farmers shack, now a place of some gorgeous art and antiques.
The Hatch Gallery, once a clam farmers shack, now a place of some gorgeous art and antiques.
Jon and a few of his extremely different creations!
Jon and a few of his extremely different creations!

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