Sierra Cortner, Social Media Marketing

So, I’m guessing purple is your favorite color? What significance does the color purple have to you?

It’s not my favorite color but I recently bought this sustainable jacket and I love how they match with these pants. They’re very comfortable, especially since we’ve been museum hopping all day for Armory week.

Your style seems like you’re very in tune with your inner child. Would you say that’s true?

For sure. I consider myself a 24 year old child. I … Read the rest

Dana Nehdaran, Painter

What’s something you consider “cool” and how would you classify what cool is?

Someone who’s outgoing, laid back, and a smooth talker

Would you call yourself cool?

I think yes, because many people tell me I am. But for me, I feel like I’m cool with people and not as much with myself. For instance, if someone else makes a mistake I’m totally cool with it. But if I make a mistake, I’m not cool with myself.

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Amy van Doran, Matchmaker

So as a matchmaker, how would you say one finds compatibility in someone else?

I think it’s good to start with having a shared value system. A similar sense of humor is really important. 

Do you think people who have different politics or religious differences could be compatible?

I think politics are much more decisive than religion right now. A lot of Trump people will date liberal people, but liberal people don’t want to date Trump people because it seems … Read the rest

Nima Veiseh, Painter

How does your fashion and style reflect who you are as an artist?

I’m the founder of a clothing company called “Dress Abstract”, which is sustainable art wear. We support and employ refugees in the United States. It’s reflective of my artwork which I label as “temporal abstractism” where I take some sort of moment or memory in time, could be a guitar chord vibrating or the memory of a birth of a child, even the sunset, and I distill that … Read the rest

Pajtim Osmanaj, Artist

What colors do you like to wear?

I go to both extremes. I’m either super shiny like I’m dressed today. A lot of the times I’m super colorful, but there are some days where I just dress in black. 

How does what you wear affect your personality?

It mostly affects my mood. What I wear is what I’m feeling that day. 

What kind of art do you do?

Contemporary paintings and sculptures using spray paint and mixed media. It’s complicated … Read the rest

Dennis Carroll, Photographer and Painter

What do you photograph?

I go to a lot of state sales and flea markets and I take pictures of people’s stuff that they’ve been holding onto for years and years.

Why do you do that and why do you enjoy doing that?

Maybe there’s something to do with the need to document things as memorabilia. It’s a bit of hoarding myself, because I also like to collect things.  

What’s your painting style?

A little chaotic and cartoonish. 

And where do Read the rest

Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, Curator

As a curator, what kind of artists do you try to find?

At art fairs you can get pretty overwhelmed. So I’m looking for something really “special”. I look for color, texture, and interesting materials. I’m also constantly looking for artists of color because I’m trying to champion them, so I’m always paying attention to that too.

Are you an artist yourself?

No, I’m only a curator.

What’s the best thing about being a curator?

You get to take the … Read the rest

Val Monrose, Project Manager

What causes are most important to you and why?

Sustainability because there’s only one planet. I do birth photography so I travel around the world seeing the effects of environmental decay. 

Do you feel like we need to have more funding from that, and how can we get more funding?

I think it’s less about funding and more about the government’s responsibility to make change.

And how do you feel you can help?

I do my part just by spreading the word. … Read the rest