The Gale Hill Radio Hour

Kate Jones

Episodes at the Intersection of Everyday and Extraordinary. This is a show about purpose, power and possibilities, with conversations and perspectives on the divine art of being human.

Ep 26 - The Power of Art
Oct 27 2022
Ep 26 - The Power of Art
Cameron Cabot believes that arts and culture have the power to shape a better world. In this episode, he explains what he means by that. He also talks about his career trajectory, which had its earliest beginnings when he was a little kid.Cameron is an arts educator committed to advocacy and community engagement with the arts. An active performing and recording artist, composer, director, producer, and arts manager/strategist, Cameron holds a BA in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship with minors in Applied Music and Spanish from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts – Arts Administration from The University of Akron. He's the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus, and is on the faculty at Walsh Jesuit High School, where he directs choirs and theatre, and teaches business leadership. Cameron owns a multi-discipline, project-based production company called The Curio Cabinet Network, LLC (through which he produces “Cam-e-grams,” original songs commissioned for various occasions), maintains an active schedule as a freelance vocalist, entertainer and consultant, and liturgical musician/cantor, regionally and nationally, and serves on the Board of Directors of Akron’s Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture.   For more about Cameron, visit his website, Facebook or LinkedIn.Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour, a show about purpose, passion, and sharing our gifts with the world.
Ep 19 - Akron, Ohio's Giant Holiday and Much More
Jun 2 2022
Ep 19 - Akron, Ohio's Giant Holiday and Much More
Akron creative Karen Starr is passionate about her community, and she and a legion of friends and collaborators do a lot to make the city better and more fun. In this live edition of The Gale Hill Radio Hour, Karen talks about a host of great projects, starting with the gorgeous coffee-table book If This Wallpaper Could Talk, which she produced with her photographer friend Shane Wynn. As its title suggests, it's all about wallpaper, specifically Akron wallpaper.An interior designer, Karen has an affinity for wallpaper, though she's well aware that not everyone shares that feeling. She also has a deep appreciation for January Paint & Wallpaper, which has been in business since 1956 and is where, as a kid, Karen accompanied her mom on shopping (or just browsing) trips.In this interview, Karen also talks about her own business, Hazel Tree Interiors, celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2022. Whenever feasible, the Hazel Tree team members incorporate the work of local artists and makers into their interior design projects. Speaking of projects, Karen co-created two big ones: The 2022 Highland Square annual PorchRokr Music and Art Festival marks the 10th anniversary of Akron's "giant holiday" party, transforming the porches of one of Akron's most eclectic neighborhoods into one-day art studios and concert venues. Thousands of locals and out-of-towners rock out to diverse musicians and artists who use both residences and business establishments as their personal stages. The festival rotates each year among four sections of Highland Square to encourage spontaneous interaction among all its neighbors. PorchRokr 2022 takes place Saturday, August 20. Also in 2022, Karen and her co-creators are marking the 10th anniversary of Free Akron Outdoor Movies with a showing of Labyrinth  on September 10 on the lawn of Glendale Cemetery, where the event has always been held. Finally, and this is also fun, Karen sings with Roxxymoron, an eight-piece rock/pop cover band with horns, tight vocals, and a song list spanning generations. It was voted "Best Local Band" by Akron Life Magazine. During the interview, Kate asks Karen whether she has a favorite song to sing. Listen to find out what it is.This episode was one of many live podcasts recorded in spring 2022 at Comida, a chef-owned restaurant in Hudson, Ohio's First & Main shopping and dining district. Called Podapalooza, it was presented by PodPopuli of Hudson. Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour, a show about purpose, passion, and sharing our gifts with the world.
Ep 21 - Homage to Ancestry and Clay
Apr 5 2022
Ep 21 - Homage to Ancestry and Clay
Karen Koblitz is a Los Angeles-based artist and Associate Professor Emerita from University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art & Design. Over her long and illustrious career, Karen's ceramic works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and around the world. She has works in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Check out Orvieto Red Rooster Lunette on the Renwick Gallery site and, on the LACMA site, see these two works: a decorative ceramic plate and Still Life with Pitcher and Hedge Apple. In this wide-ranging interview recorded in early spring 2022, Karen talks about her beginnings as an artist, as well as her love for both working in clay and for teaching; her Czech family roots, including family members lost in the Holocaust; her involvement in the restoration of a Czech synagogue in the Southern Bohemian town of Pacov, where her great-great-grandparents were married in 1860; a documentary about that restoration project; her participation, in 2002, in Art in Embassies, a U.S. Department of State program (see her profile on the Art in Embassies website); and her recently discovered passion for knitting. There are two additional pieces of information of note:Around the 23-minute mark, Karen talks about a book, The White Road, which chronicles the history of porcelain. The name of the author is Edmund de Waal.Toward the end of the episode, around 49:30, Karen talks about the Czech Torah scrolls. The Westminster Synagogue in London oversees the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust.Hope you enjoy the episode with this amazing artist. To hear specific topics, please check out the chapters.Thanks for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour! Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour, a show about purpose, passion, and sharing our gifts with the world.
Ep 16 - Welcome to the Mess Lab
Mar 31 2022
Ep 16 - Welcome to the Mess Lab
Artist and IT professional Zane DeLong, the creator of Welcome to the Mess Lab on YouTube, devotes most of his channel to presenting articulate commentary on movies that, as he puts it, have something to say.  In this episode, he talks about several films, including 1984's "Surf II," which is on one hand trying to be a goofy "Airplane!" style comedy and, on the other hand,  a rather disturbing portrayal of the anxieties of its characters.  The comedy doesn't really work, but the film is interesting nonetheless, Zane says. And several of its actors — Eddie Deezen, Eric Stoltz, Linda Kerridge, Cleavon Little, Terry Kiser and Ruth Buzzi — are recognizable because they were in bigger and better-known shows. Zane's movie commentaries, which tend to be pretty involved, generally take him a long time to produce, so he experimented with giving viewers shorter "impressions" of more movies. In his first of these short-form commentaries, he covers "The Story of a Three Day Pass" and "Watermelon Man," both by Melvin Van Peebles, as well as "Hanging Garden,"  "Lucky Chan-Sil,"  and "Are you in the House Alone?"Finally, check out his episodes covering “House,” "Domino" and a compilation of films that he presented under the intriguing title “Great Walls of Cinema.” And there's one music video in the mix. Zane shot it in a beautiful cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, for his friend's band, Discount Tents. Quite serene.You can get to Welcome to the Mess Lab here. You also can check out Zane's Twitter feed, where he goes by the handle @_noone_specific and where you'll see a sampling of his artwork, particularly the digital face he sculpted using the free program Blender.Thank you for listening to The Gale Hill Radio Hour, a show about purpose, passion, and sharing our gifts with the world.