EBSQ 1:1 – What’s your favorite art museum?

Aja Apa-Soura

My favorite art museum is the Whitney in Manhattan. I feel like the artists and work included represent the cutting edge of contemporary, 20th and 21st century art. The fact that it is American art-centric lends itself to one of the few places chronicling American heritage in the arts – something that, as an American artist, touches me personally when I walk through the museum. My dream is to one day have my own retrospective at the Whitney – that’ll be the pinnacle for me.

Faces of the City XXXI by Aja Apa-Soura
Faces of the City XXXI by Aja Apa-Soura


My favorite art museum is the Cranbrook Museum of Art. I grew up near Cranbrook and my parents were very involved with the Art Academy so my first memories of any art museum is theirs. The architecture of the building is elegant and striking. My mother took me there often and I have particular memories of a ancient sculpture of an Asian head. I really loved that sculpture and when they changed the exhibit and the sculpture was removed, I was very upset. The curator took me down to the storage area so that I could see that the head was still there and safe. I’ve seen many different exhibitions there over the years and I still have that feeling of personal connection with the art and with the museum.

Beehive Cat by Harlan
Beehive Cat by Harlan

Victoria Kloch

Legion of Honor Museum would have to be my favorite. One day we set out to go to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco to see the visiting Pablo Picasso exhibit, but there was long line that wrapped clear around the block just to get in the door. So we changed our plans and went for a hike in a beautiful woodsy area where we unexpectedly stumbled upon the Legion of Honor Museum. There I saw an extensive collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin including the ‘The Thinker’ and several pieces of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics. It was a very good day.

Fish Bowl by Victoria Kloch
Fish Bowl by Victoria Kloch

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Kari Tirrell

Welcome to EBSQ’s first Blogger of the Week! I’m excited to start things off with an award winning, juried member of EBSQ. This self-taught pastel artist, with a love for realism, has been blogging since 2008. Her stunning creations never cease to amaze!

Who and where are you?

I’m Kari Tirrell, and I live in Gig Harbor, WA.

Sweet, 2009, Soft Pastel on La Carte

How did you get started art blogging?

Someone posted an article about why artists should blog on the EBSQ forum, and that started me thinking about it.  I didn’t want to blog.  I didn’t want to add another thing to my “to do” list.  But I did it anyway, and I’m glad I did.  I certainly didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.

New Hat, 2008, Soft Pastel on Velour Paper

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

1. Plan your blog posts with your audience (and search engines) in mind. One of the things I like best about blogging is that it makes the artist accessible.  I enjoy blogs where I can read the artist’s thoughts about what they’ve created, see their process, and interact with them through comments or email.  I assume that the readers of my blog are similarly interested, and try to write my blog posts accordingly.  It is also important to keep in mind that search engines need keywords.  If you want people to find your blog, include relevant keywords in your posts.  Simply posting a picture of your work with the title and dimensions is not only less satisfying for the viewer, it will also do very little to help the search engines find you.

2.  Follow the blogs of artists you admire, and leave thoughtful comments on their work.  The value of interacting with other artists is a benefit of blogging which should not be underestimated.

Lunch Break, 2009, Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

My taste in music is somewhat eclectic, and I listen to whatever strikes my mood at the moment.  I have satellite radio in my studio now, which I’m really enjoying because I can listen to a wide variety of music.  When I want my old favorites, I pull out my MP3.

Sunny Spot, 2009, Soft Pastels on Suede Matboard

What’s coming next from your easel?

I have my next ten paintings planned; mostly figurative works, but I’m going to throw a couple of other things into the mix as well.  Visit my blog to find out!


Thank you Kari for the being the first EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ 1:1 Heide Hibbard talks to Zoe Slocum

This week, EBSQ introduces a new feature. EBSQ 1:1 is simple in concept. One EBSQ member asks another EBSQ member three simple questions about themselves. The responses come in the form of photographs with short explanations. These are not deep, probing questions into the person as an artist. These are questions that will allow us to glimpse the artist as a person through the simple, ordinary things that make up the routines and are part of the fabric of life. Though they may seem irrelevant, these small things subtly speak of who we are as people and impact what, how and why we create.

Our first interview features Zoe Slocum. She is interviewed by Heide Hibbard who happens to be her best friend’s mom.


H.H. – You have lots of pets; what is your favorite?

Z.S. – This is my lovely Rosco. He’s my favorite pet and he knows it because of how extremely spoiled he is. When I took this shot I was outside shooting randomly when I heard a meow and turned around and there was Rosco!

H.H. – I was told you collect a lot of things; what do you like to collect most?

Z.S. – My favorite thing to collect is pictures, mostly from magazines but sometime I print them off line or find them on an old bulletin board of just old postcards, I love pictures and I love to get lost in them.

H.H. – What is your most favorite place in your home to curl up and read a book?

Z.S. – My favorite place to read a book is my bed, yep it’s that simple. It’s comfy and always the quietest place in the house.

Visit EBSQ to view Zoe Slocum’s photography