Artlink Staff Picks: December

Welcome to Artlink Staff Picks, a monthly feature where our team presents their favorite art findings. Everyday, the Artlink community seeks out amazingly inspiring and creative art related content. Read below to see what we are gushing over this month!

Recently, I've been thinking about how to stay healthy and strong while making. Wellness for Makers is an awesome resource and I really want one of the Rist Rollers (pictured right), as I often have pain in my wrist and forearm from carving woodcuts.

"The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere." 

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- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator


My staff pick this month would have to be water mixable oil paint. If you’re anything like me and get headaches very easily from the slightest of irritant, turpentine and other solvents are not very convenient to use on a regular basis. I realized after my first couple of years in undergrad that I was getting long lasting headaches every single day from my turpentine, and considering I was majoring in painting and planned to be an oil painter, I figured something needed to change. Soon after, I discovered water mixable oil paints which soon became my new preferred medium and I haven’t used turpentine since.


For those of you who are very used to traditional oil paints, the water mixable may take a bit of getting used to, but I no longer notice any difference between the two. There are even glazing and quick drying mediums that can be added to the water mixable oils, just as you would with traditional oil paints. I’m sure there are other brands available out there, but the paints I use are by Winsor & Newton and can be purchased in town at United Art & Education, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. 

- Ellen Mensch, Gallery Assistant


- Suzanne Galazka, Receptionist & Figure Drawing Instructor

"Loving Vincent" wonderful film telling the real story behind Van Gogh's "suicide." The movie was good/interesting/informative and each frame was hand painted - what a jewel of a film! This was a Polish production with a new technique of filming the movie and then using tons of Polish and other artists to hand paint each frame of the entire movie in the style of Van Gogh. Of course the film's characters were people from Vincent's life - people he had painted. And of course the scenery reflected his paintings as well. Stay through the credits because they show the real actors used in the film along with the Van Gogh paintings of these characters. The film was shown at Cinema Center, where you should be a member, and then you could have seen it for $4.50 if you're a senior (plus free popcorn!) If you have to rent it, do it, see it!

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I am obsessed with this cookbook and trying to make this Ramen. Not only is the book beautiful and interesting.... there is really one recipe in it.  It's so complicated that I've been working on the various parts over the past two months. The plan is for the final unveiling to be on Christmas Eve. Here's to hoping it's as good as it sounds!

- Morgan Bogart, Office Manager


Those who know me know that I adore actors Richard Jenkins. From his work in Six Feet Under, The Visitor and so many other small moments in film, he brings incredible humor and humanity to every role. SO when he popped up on a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, it was a real treat. So my staff pick for this go around is that episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast. 

- Matt McClure, Executive Director