Celebrating Art Podcast

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EPISODE 17: Shelli Kahl

From clarinetist to serial entrepreneur to jewelry artist, Shelli Kahl’s life path has been untamable, free spirited and uninhibited. And today, that is very much represented in her jewelry.  Shelli, a California-based artist, began making her jewelry more than 17 years ago, initially because she wanted to make herself rings. But what may have started […]

EPISODE 16: Erin Berrett

Erin Barrett is an oil painter based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Erin brings still lifes to life with a unique flair of contemporary realism and nostalgia, painting beloved items such as old newspapers, playing cards, candies and ice creams. By capturing the familiar in unexpected ways, Erin creates artwork that touches people’s hearts by […]

Episode 15: James Ayers

James Ayers is a celebrated oil painter based in Scottsdale, Arizona. His works center on historic Native American cultures, pulling from the expertise he’s gained from decades of exploration and research. He honors his subjects by studying their rituals, customs and artifacts, and is dedicated to making sure every last detail is historically accurate. His […]

Episode 14: Leslie Duke

Leslie Duke is an oil painter based in Springville, Utah. Her enthusiasm for the arts was apparent from a young age, and her parents fostered her interest by signing her up for classes by local artists. Leslie went on to study illustration and graphic design at Brigham Young University, but after a few years of […]

Episode 13: Rebecca Pashia

Rebecca Pashia never intended to be an artist. In fact, she never went to art school. But from a young age, she was drawn to the arts, including singing and dancing. In college, she focused on interior design and teaching, but the urge to create never left. Rebecca eventually founded several businesses that engaged art […]

Episode 12: Matthew Sievers

Matthew Sievers is an oil painter based in Rigby, Idaho whose love of art bloomed when he was a child studying under his father Greg Sievers, an acclaimed painter who has participated in the Celebration of Fine Art for more than 25 years. And while his dad instilled the foundation of his artistry, Matt’s style […]

Episode 11: J. Todd Paxton

Art has a timeless and unrivaled power to tell stories that spark imagination, evoke feeling, and inspire thought. And if there’s one artist who has truly mastered the ability to capture a viewer’s attention in this way, it’s J. Todd Paxton. Todd is an acclaimed bronze sculptor drawn to themes in life that connect us […]

Episode 10: Michael Jones

Michael Jones is a prominent metal artist based out of Bigfork, Montana, who has been participating in the Celebration of Fine Art for more than 20 years. His works of art include bold sculptures, eye-catching wall pieces and totems, as well as custom gates and fire screens that hang in many of America’s most beautiful […]

Episode 9: Graydon Foulger, Kirk Randle & Marty Le Messurier

Thirty years ago, as Tom and Ann Morrow prepared for the inaugural Celebration of Fine Art, over one hundred artists submitted samples of their work to be considered for the show. Among those selected to participate were painters Graydon Foulger, Marty Le Messurier and Kirk Randle. Incredibly, these three haven’t missed a year ever since.  […]

Episode 8: Tricia Loscher

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (SMoW) is celebrated for honoring the people, places and events of the American West, spanning 19 states, including those bordering Mexico and Canada. With such a rich history and culture to explore, the museum hosts an ever-evolving rotation of exhibits for visitors to choose from. Tricia Loscher, Ph.D., […]

Episode 7: Curt Mattson

Curt Mattson was raised in the horse business, which explains his fascination with the buckaroo lifestyle of contemporary and historic horsemen and horsewomen. This lifelong passion drives his work as an artist, as he brings cowboy art to life through sculpture, watercolor, pencil and oil painting. Today, his award-winning works can be found in private […]

Episode 6: Trevor Swanson

Trevor Swanson is a renowned wildlife artist who works with oil on canvas, board and metal. He was born into a family of painters and first picked up a paintbrush as a child. In college, he pursued art classes but never scored above average. Undeterred, Trevor began taking lessons from his father and uncle and […]

Episode 5: Robin & Colin Branham

Robin Branham has been a part of the Celebration of Fine Art for 25 years and is sought out for her large-scale paintings that range from abstract to figurative to still life, and yet each of them remain quintessentially Robin. Her son, Colin Branham, shares her passion for creating and painting eye-catching abstract works with […]

Episode 4: Heidi Rosner

Heidi Rosner is an acclaimed fine art watercolor painter who has been a staple of the Celebration of Fine Art for two decades. Her work flips preconceived notions of watercolor art on its head, as she opts for vibrant scenes bursting with color and energy rather than the traditional soupy skies and misty landscapes. Heidi […]

Episode 3: Ann Morrow

Ann Morrow is the co-founder of the Celebration of Fine Art. Her appreciation of art began as a young girl when her family had an art shop. At the time, they featured everything ranging from European antiques to American Indian art, as well as contemporary art made by craftsmen from all over the United States. […]

Episode 2: Hannah Friel

Hannah Friel is a resin and mixed media artist based in Scottsdale, and has been a part of the Celebration of Fine Art for several seasons now. Inspired by her love of nature and fascinated by the organic movement of natural phenomena, Hannah’s abstract style gives a nod to topographic maps, images in space and […]

Episode 1: Kirk Randle & Matt Suess

Kirk Randle, an oil on canvas painter, and Matt Suess, a fine art photographer, are two of the Celebration of Fine Art’s longtime artists and friends. Over the summer, host Susan Potje joined Kirk and Matt in Montana’s sprawling Bitterroot Valley to get up close and personal with the expansive vistas and mountain ranges and […]

It’s coming…The Celebrating Art Podcast!

Are you ready? The Celebrating Art Podcast is set to debut this fall! Host Susan Morrow Potje will share behind-the-scenes conversations with artists, art collectors and others in the industry. Susan will take you on a journey, exploring how artists see the world just a little differently, the lengths they go to just to get […]


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