talk 20: 7th Edition

I will be participating in this edition of the talk20 presenter series. As always there is a great group of presenters. More info below taken from C3's website. 

talk20: 7th Edition
November 27, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 West Main Street

talk20 is back. talk20 is a gathering of creative people showcasing what's cool and interesting in Richmond. The only rule is that presenters have 20 slides, with a maximum of 20 seconds per slide to talk. talk20, is part of a network of gatherings around the world designed to create open forums to facilitate discussion around creativity.

Studio Two Three with Ashley Hawkins and Tyler Dawkins. Ashley Hawkins is the Executive Director of Studio Two Three (S23), a nonprofit community print shop and gallery. She graduated in 2007 from VCU with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and is back at VCU pursuing a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. When not busy running S23 in all its awesome glory, Ashley enjoys designing props for movies that will never be made, thinking about sharks, and wishing she were Tina Fey. Tyler Dawkins, a founding member of Studio Two Three, attended Alfred University from 2004 to 2007 were she studied for her BAFA (Bachelor of Art and Fine Art). Her mixed media work has been in several shows in Richmond (VA), Alfred (NY) and Prague (CZ). She loves to dance to Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner while continuing her freelance print work in Richmond, Virginia.

Bizhan Khodabandeh is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as designer, comic artist, illustrator, fine artist and activist. Khodabandeh is particularly fascinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change. Bizhan has received numerous international and national awards for his design work and been featured in publications such as Print, Creativity International, Adbusters, etc. Bizhan is the Design Director of Gallery5, teaches at Appomattox Regional Governor's School, is adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, freelances under the name Mended Arrow, and produces the Richmond Momuments comic strip.

Lisa Taranto is an architect, artist and activist. In 2002, she founded Tricycle Gardens, and has since gone on to consulting & teaching on various aspects of urban ecology, permaculture, and systems thinking. Lisa has experience living in different environments including 25 years ago spending 18 months living in central Arizona at Arcosanti, living in the middle of the jungle, and last summer spending 6 weeks living in a tent on the edge of West Virginia.
Richmond Comedy Coalition is RVA's premier source for awesome live comedy shows and improv comedy classes. Their favorite thing to do is use a member of the crowd as the inspiration for their playful formats, whether it's nosing through their Facebook page, grabbing their iPod and putting it on shuffle, or getting them to tell a candid and true story. The RCC hold the title of Best Comedy Group for two years running as voted by the people, via Style Weekly's annual reader's poll.

Stanley Rayfield is portrait artist, who has exhibited at Art 6 Gallery, ISHQ Gallery, 312 Gallery, the Anderson Gallery, Glave Kocen Gallery and  Sage Moon Gallery (Charlottesville, VA). He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a BFA in Communication Arts. In 2009, his painting titled “Dad” was awarded 2nd place in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Patrick Gregory has worked professionally as a cinematographer, filmmaker and film and video artist for the past 18 years. His work has taken him to over 18 countries around the world and it has manifested itself in conventional documentaries, music videos as well as art installations, group shows, including showings at 1708 gallery as well as InLight 2010.  His current project is a documentary film about the history of Richmond’s electric streetcar.

Michelle Anthony is the owner of Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique and Cap City Cupcakes (opening in November). Michelle started her company 7 years ago determined to make her mark in the “baking business” by creating desserts that look good and taste even better. Her determination has landed her on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and her creations have been seen on Bravo Network’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” 

Bartholomew Broadbent is one of America’s leading wine importers with Broadbent Selections, Inc. representing such famous brands as Spy Valley, Quinta do Crasto and Chateau Musar.  In 2012, IntoWine.com ranked him 50th in “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry".  He’s been profiled in Wine Spectator [1986], Market Watch “The Pioneer of Port” [2008], American Fine Wine Magazine [2008] and Forbes.com [2009]. He had a 50% partnership in Dragon's Hollow, a pioneering winery in China, and launched the first nationally available Chinese wine in the US.  He conceived the re-birth of Madeira in 1987 and marketed Barboursville, making it the first Virginia wine to become available in all 50 States.

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