Charlene Lanzel Sand Art: In the Moment of Creation

A Conversation with a Versatile Talent

Alice and the Cat, Painting by Charlene Lanzel

Like a multi-faceted diamond, Charlene Lanzel’s artistic mastery sparkles through her fine art paintings, murals, trompe l’œil, street painting and sand art to dazzle her audience. Born into a family of visual artists in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1967 Charlene was published in an instruction book for elementary school art teachers by age 9. In 1985 she received the Senior Art Award and Art Scholarship from her high school in Onalaska, Wisconsin. In 1987 she relocated to New York. Year 1999 saw Charlene Lanzel painting Italian trompe l’œil murals for the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, with fellow artist Tracy Lee Stum. The two also competed together at the prestigious XXVII Centro Italiano Madonnari Street Painting Festival in Mantova, Italy. The yearning to explore beyond the one frame image painted on canvas, Charlene was fascinated viewing sand animation when she first saw it in 2004. It is not until 2010 though that she embraced the idea of becoming a performance artist herself. Since then she is narrating timeless stories of love, festivities and even tragedies of life through this ephemeral art form.

Tracy Lee Stum Exploring the World of Street Painting

An Interview with the Street Painter

Honey Bees, 3d Street painting by Tracy Lee Stum

Tracy holds a Guinness World Record for the largest street painting by an individual artist since 2006. As a ‘Madonnaro’ Tracy uses the grey asphalt as her canvas drawing 3d images with colourful chalks. Born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Tracy got attracted to painting very early in her life. She studied privately as a child and completed a 4 year Bachelor’s degree program at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She continued her studies in naturalism at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy where she first experienced street painting. However, it is her visit to Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara, California in 1997 that enthused and introduced her to the world of street painting as an artist. In her own words, ‘I have surely found a suitable medium to express my visions of mind and heart.’

Alister Benn: The Landscape Photographer & Chronicler of Himalaya

An Interview with the Adventurer at Heart

Solid Air, Photography by Alister Benn

Alister Benn loves travelling. Bird watching also held his fancy since his boyhood days. For years he crisscrossed the planet and visited some of the treacherous mountains in Himalayan range. In the process framing the frozen moments of many a menacing beauties such as Mt Everest, Mt Kailash, Dhaulagiri etc. Slowly but surely he started becoming increasingly curious about the mysteries of the night sky. He forayed into night photography capturing the faint whispers of the blinking stars up above from behind the camera lenses. On his many adventures since 2000, his wife Juanli Sun, an accomplished photographer herself, has been his active ally. To borrow Juanli’s words from her poem ‘Once’, they are ‘picturing this mysterious illusion’ of life treading the path together.

Cesar Augusto Loves Connecting Through Photography

A Chat with the Conceptual Photographer

Landscape Photography by Cesar Augusto

Born in 1969, Havana, Cuba, Cesar Augusto’s introduction to photography has been early through his father, a professional photographer himself. Throughout his teenage years he actively assisted and later worked for many of the studios in Havana. After graduating from Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba’s most prestigious art university, with a major in Motion Picture Directing, in 1994 Cesar embarked on his journey to explore motion pictures and subsequently full time photography.

Ann Weber & Arte Povera: Making Something out of Nothing

An Interview with the Cardboard Sculptor

Curiouser, Cardboard Sculpture by Ann Weber

Through her art Ann Weber explores the ‘Infinite Possibilities’ helping the audience realise the ‘Miracles and Wonders’ of life that are encapsulated in her large cardboard sculptures. Artist in Residence, de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Artist in Residence, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California, 2010; Oberpfalzer Kunslerhaus Resident Artist Award, Schwandorf, Germany, 2007; winner of Public Art Award, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, Year in Review Ann Weber was born in Jackson, Michigan, 1950.