Quebec: Journeys Never End

As I traveled through Quebec this week (for work), I was reflecting upon the Chicago paddling community. Chicago provides awesome training for paddling adventures. The paddling community here is lucky to have a variety of padding venues, clubs, and instructors. Part of the “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” story is revealing the journeys that…

Artcanoe Friday Flicker: Sarah Hartman

Sarah Hartman is featured in this week’s Friday Flicker. Owner of Midwest Paddlesports, Sarah teaches SUP and kayaking to all ages and abilities in a variety of venues around Chicago. She completed a 60 mi crossing of Lake Michigan and a solo expedition to Great Slave Lake. This summer she will be kayaking in Alaska…

Take Me Back: Summer Sensations (Friday Flickers)

A few days ago, I went to the Soup and Bread benefit night at the Hideout pub. My friend, Chuck Sudo, editor at the Chicagoist, was moderating a discussion with three artists from Chicago. The discussion theme was how does living in Chicago influence one’s art. Tony Fitspatrick, graffiti/collage/tatoo artist, said that everyone has their…

A Story about Believing and Digging in on the Creative Drive

For a variety of reasons, Fulbright grants, study abroad, volunteer service gigs, traveling, I stopped making art for ten years. I took up kayaking after learning that a lump I had removed was benign. Six months later, I was kayaking every weekend, I got a grant to study in Japan, and stayed in hostels in Alaska.  As…

Summer Filming

I have been filming almost every weekend for the last 6 weeks. My subjects have been very busy with their paddling schedules. Since Bonnie Perry, Andrea Knepper, and Sarah Hartman, are all involved in different opportunities this week, I used various strategies to collect footage of these happenings. I met up with Bonnie for a…

Sarah Hartman: Great Slave Lake Expedition

  Over a week ago, I spent a Sunday morning with Sarah Hartman at the Geneva Kayak Center. We drank coffee while she ruminated about the preproduction questions I had sent her. Sarah mentioned the moments when she realized that she needed push herself more and the folks around her who served as important mentors….