Conversations with local artists about their work, their creative process, and the value of art in their lives.
EPISODE 1 – February 2021
Artist Mary Benton chats with Linda Megathlin
Mary Benton is a Wisconsin fiber artist who came to Rhode Island to earn a mid-life MFA in Graphic Design from RISD. She taught Graphic Design at St. Johns University 1990-1991, Salve Regina University 1991-1995, Roger Williams University 1995-1997, and at the Community College of Rhode Island, 1998-2015 where she additionally served 5 years as Chairman of the Art Department and 6 years as a member of the CCRI Board of Trustees. She received a national Teaching and Leadership Award in 2002
She has maintained an Art Studio in Warren, RI since 1999 where her work embraced Altered Digital Photography until her retirement. Upon full retirement she turned to oil painting, taking classes in plein air with the Westport Art Group, a variety of classes at the Providence Art Club and various workshops on the east coast.
The focus of her most recently exhibited paintings was singularly about Warren, RI.
She held a solo exhibit in October 2017 at the Providence Art Club with a sign upon entering the exhibit saying “Entering Warren” and little factoids about Warren posted on the gallery walls. Warren reminds her of the small, friendly Wisconsin town of her youth, but with very different architecture, older historic buildings, compacted into much less space and surrounded by salt water. Her home in Massachusetts is 5 houses from the Warren border. She identifies with Warren as “home”.
EPISODE 2 – March 2021
Musician MorganEve Swain chats with Aubrey Atwater
Based in New England, MorganEve Swain has spent the past two decades playing music in studios, bars, venues, festivals and homes. She’s driven all over the US in a 12-passenger van, lived on tour busses, and flown over-seas to perform in Brazil and Europe.
She currently fronts The Huntress and Holder of Hands, plays upright bass for The Devil Makes Three, works as a violin technician and collaborates with several musicians, writers and choreographers on various projects. She also loves dogs.