The Union: #25 Amy Bauer


Since we had to postpone our first art show—The Union—we’ve decided to turn this into an opportunity to digitally showcase all the artists who’d submitted to the show.

The 2020 pandemic brought me back to 2009 and my podcast series Art Ateliers. My art is always a narrative of the moment and environment I am living in and feeling. When the pandemic shut down everything, I stopped going anywhere. The computer became my outlet to the outside world beyond my neighborhood. In May I was asked to be a guest on a virtual live crafting show. I thought I should do this and I do not want to do this, both thoughts at once. As I said yes I began to be excited. I marketed it to my family and friends. I ended up having so much fun! I created something I have kept, which, as an upcycling artist, does not always happen. 

Campaign Platform by Amy Bauer
Campaign Platform by Amy Bauer

Then I thought about Art Ateliers, a podcast series in which I interviewed artists in their studios. It was a series that I created from 2009 to 2011. It did not come out every week or even every month. The podcast was something I did want to continue but had not. Maybe one day I will. I had enjoyed my experience as a podcaster (brought me back to my career as a radio broadcaster) and guest on the recent craft show so much that I mentioned to a friend that I was going to create my own live stream show. They encouraged me and after some collaborative brainstorming Amy’s Art Cabaret was born.

The series started on June 27 and is every Saturday at 2pm PDT. I have my co host, a guest or two and we talk as we make art. Art for me is defined as all mediums. So far I have had crafters, makers, dancers, quilters, yarnbombers, upcyclers, poets, painters, sewers, designers and FADLA artists on the show. I know there will be many more. The show has added an extra element to my art. I am still sewing every day. But just in these past few weeks I created a mixed media collage, hats, earrings, necklace, puppets, art quilt pillow, yarnbomb, and practiced voguing, triptic and pop and lock dance moves. Oh and I taught a virtual abstract painting class too in July. Will this new show last three years, will it last three months, will it last past the pandemic? I do not know. What I do know is right now everyone is saying yes to being a guest. I am having fun. Experimenting even more. Connecting with people I have not seen in awhile and for one hour each Saturday sharing a little positivity with art out into the world. 

Want to be a guest? Love to have you! Send me a message @amybauerdesigns on social media. Or through my website.Want to check it out? The live chat stream starts a 1/2hr before the show does. Say hello and let us know you are watching! 

Amy Bauer conducting an episode of Amy’s Art Cabaret

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