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Fain House Radio

By Annie Fain Barralon
How can you do all that needs done in life and still pursue your desire to learn French, or the guitar, or grow a plant or make art? Sometimes we wonder if small moments of making, learning and practice folded into our daily lives are, in fact, enough. Join Annie Fain Barralon as she interviews creative livers who have some how, in the middle of it all, continued on their creative paths no matter what. Their stories remind us that the secret sauce, making our lives sweeter, is not only the consistent doing of tiny bits, but also in enjoying all those tiny bits along the way.
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Episode 20: Inspiration is all around w/ Karl Engelmann
Karl Engelmann is a producer of food and music (including an annual Christmas album!). He discovered early on that work in kitchens dovetailed nicely with his calling to be a musician. He would sometimes work all day in the restaurant, leave to play a night-time gig, sleep a few hours and then show up again for his work shift. As the years passed, and as adult responsibilities increased, he found himself as a chef in the corporate world with endless work hours, rare family time and too worn out to create his music. Realizing this wasn't sustainable he and his wife decided to open their own restaurant and catering business in honor of work-life balance (they intentionally do not serve dinner) and farm-to-table sensibilities (even the chorizo and curry paste are made from scratch!) with time enough for his recording projects. He reminds us that multiple creative mediums can overflow into each other, lots of motivation can come from loving what you are doing and most importantly that keeping a hold of your creative life is just as important as keeping a hold of the rest of your life. Learn more about Epic Catering & Restaurant in Hayesville, NC here: Open for lunch every day and brunch on Sundays. Follow on instagram: Check out Karl's music here: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart." ~ Gregory David Roberts
October 12, 2021
Episode 19: Your practicing is hidden in your playing w/ Riley Baugus
Hailing from Walkertown, NC Riley Baugus has had all kinds of amazing experiences because of his banjo, everything from being part of the musical line-up for film Cold Mountain, to touring with Willy Nelson, to meeting his wife in England. When he was a kid, making things meant they had things...all the way down to his first banjo he and his dad made together around age 10. He reminds us that making mistakes can actually be fun and that if you worry too much it can be detrimental to your cause. It makes it harder to learn things if you don't give yourself a little leeway to make some mistakes here and there and we should all know that through that little bit of pain will come great joy. Learn more about Riley and his music here: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."  ~ Kurt Vonnegut
September 28, 2021
18: There are many different pathways to get somewhere w/ Annie Silverman
Annie Silverman always knew she was an artist, but it wasn't until her 30s that she had the courage to make the leap. Now, after doing and teaching printmaking, writing and bookarts for years she feels like it is really brave for people to take a class in something they don't know anything about and that if they are provided with good materials and interesting options a beginner can easily have success. She reminds us that there are many different pathways to get somewhere...just keep working and eventually you are going to like something and then that's going to put you on another path.  If you are struggling with time, make your goal the littlest possible thing you can do. And most importantly, you can't share if your cup is empty so you have to keep adding drops to it, no matter how small, even if it feels like it's a hard thing to do. Learn more about Annie's work here: -Follow in instagram: -Websites: & Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life."  ~ M.C. Richards
September 14, 2021
17. Living the creative life can be as simple as a walk in the garden, singing a song or even whipping up your favorite cornbread recipe w/ Tipper Pressley.
When Tipper Pressley opens a jar of home canned tomatoes and she sees that beautiful red color she says, "It's almost like I can feel the sunshine and remember myself starting the seed, planting it in the garden, then nurturing it and harvesting it with the sun on my arms, processing it...and then there you are eating it on a cold winter day." Maybe the way to a creative life is as simple as loving that certain color of tomato red, being close enough to the land to notice small signs of the changing of the seasons, working with your hands or passing creative ways of seeing things on to our children. As a long time blogger and now creator of content for her Celebrating Appalachia YouTube channel, Tipper is always looking for small things that need to be celebrated and reminds us that just as so many of the old ways fit into our modern lives we should also always be looking for a tiny bit of creativity to brighten our day. Learn more about Tipper's projects here: -Read her blog: -Watch on YouTube: and -Follow in instagram: -Like on Facebook: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: “Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” ~ Dee Hock
August 31, 2021
16. Believe, believe again and when in doubt believe some more w/ Karen Hurtubise
Karen's creative endeavors range from being a farmer of ginger and turmeric and seasoned massage therapist to resident artist for gardening & homesteading, nature studies, soap making and story telling for the John C. Campbell Folk School. Though she's happy to be living her dream, there have been times in her life when her dream started to look like a nightmare. In those moments she tapped into her super power for constant curiosity which, combined with a willingness to stay open to possibility, brought the dream back in shapes and forms she couldn't imagine.  She reminds us that even when we can't see how things are going to work out and start to loose belief there is often another part of us that keeps acting towards the belief that it will. Learn more about Karen and her farm here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." ~ E. E. Cummings
August 4, 2021
15: If you're getting a lot of joy from it, keep doing it w/ Ian Brownlee
Ian Brownlee dreamed of being an animator and once in art school realized that the reality didn't match the dream. His search for his destined art form continued and he now finds himself an oil painter, mural painter, writer and musician living by his motto "Go places and make things." Though at certain points his entire income has come from painting, he now appreciates his day job as a way to take the pressure off his art making and in a way, protect it. He reminds us that time in nature can be the ultimate recharge, that if you are getting joy from what you are doing, keep doing it and that when it comes down to it, whether we go to art school or not, we are all essentially "self taught."   Learn more about Ian and his work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drip off like autumn leaves." ~ John Muir
July 21, 2021
14: Feeding your creative soul radiates out into the world w/ Albert Jerez
One day Albert realized that it wasn't people or things outside of him that would heal him. After bouts of depression and a challenging education in what he calls "the school of hard knocks" (a.k.a. life as an adult and young father of two) he had a wakeup call. It was time in nature, time in his ceramics studio and time in quiet contemplation that fed his soul and made it possible for him to radiate all the good he had to offer into the world around him. He encourages us to "live our lives like jazz," to be gentle with ourselves and to be comforted in knowing that there is no such thing as work-life balance.   Follow Albert and his work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are." ~ Ram Dass
July 7, 2021
13. Step up, take a seat at the table and own it w/ Atiyeh Ghanbari
We all know that when there is something our heart wants to do we should just dive in and do it. We also know that this simple idea is often easier said than done. Leadership coach, Atiyeh Ghanbari reminds us that designing your own life is not only possible, but also an ultimate creative act. After gaining a huge love for books from her father, making homes in different countries, tackling a university degree in French (not her native language) followed by years in the corporate world leading teams, large and small, in English (also not her native language) she has applied this approach to her own life realizing that what really lights her up is being a coach. “Each of us has the potential to create and lead the life we want. But too often get stuck feeling like we can’t." As Atiyeh says, it's time to “step up, take a seat at the table and own it.” Learn more about Atiyeh and her work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.  ~ Neil Gaiman
June 23, 2021
12. Make your life a work of art w/ Hannah Levin
Potter, singer song writer, yoga instructor, Ayurveda practitioner and personal health coach Hannah Levin's motto is "Make your life a work of art." Though being multi-passionate has meant different things to her at different times, she has remained faithful to the ebb and flow and enjoys the fact that her different mediums of focus are now overlapping in nice ways in her present work. She encourages all of us to find simple ways to honor our health so that there are fewer barriers between us and our creative inspirations. This could be waking before the sun and letting your energy build with the sunrise every morning or making lunch the largest meal of the day. She reminds us that because everything is always in a state of change, even if we feel stuck, we aren't. Maybe instead, we have found ourselves in the "breakdown" before the "breakthrough" which could be an exciting place indeed.  Hannah's Website: Facebook group: Follow on Instagram: Vitality Circle: Evolve: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Start with pleasure. Make a list of all the things that are pleasurable in your life and then make an art form out of one of them. And if you’re courageous, make a list of all the things that are difficult in your life and make an art form out of one of them" ~ Paulus Berensohn, speaking in the film "To Spring from the Hand"
June 8, 2021
11. Not forcing it combined with pure persistence might just be the supportive combo you are seeking w/ Heather Stewart Harvey
Sometimes the answer to overwhelm in art (and in life) is to narrow the infinite number of possibilities down from a great many to a limited few. After a number of enjoyable years as an academic librarian and documentary film maker/teacher Heather Stewart Harvey has found great freedom in this idea as it applies to her main passion of the moment: ceramics. Endless shades of gray, a minimal aesthetic, play with shadow, a focus on form and choosing hand building over wheel throwing because it fits into her start-and-stop work schedule are all part and parcel of a formula that works for her in the midst of the pulls of family life. She continues to fold gardening, home-nesting and playing backup guitar with her fiddler husband into all the rest and though it ain't always easy, it remains worth it. Every day. Check out Heather's ceramic work here: See some of Heather's documentary film work here: Follow Heather here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: “The more that each of us tends our own soul, the more the world will prosper.” ~ SARK
June 1, 2021
10. It's really ok to be all about what makes you happy w/ Melissa Weaver Dunning
What if we want to knit a pair of socks with skulls on them? What if we want to learn the old songs of the Gaelic lands or grab a concertina? Well. If that's what calls you, then you should just get to it. Melissa Weaver Dunning understands this feeling and has plenty of experiences spinning, knitting, natural dyeing and hand weaving that overlap with great stories, traditional music and a desire to choose a life for it's rich variety over the money that may or may not flow in. Melissa reminds us that sometimes these choices mean more time with our children, our spouses...and with our quiet thoughts. On top of that, sometimes loving and pursuing multiple endeavors balances out our introverted selves with our extroverted selves. Added Bonus: Melissa sings a song at the end of this episode! Hear/See Melissa's 280 song a day project here: - Follow her Facebook here: Instagram here: Blog with teaching calendar: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day:  “Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.”  ~ Torrie T. Asai
May 25, 2021
9. Put down the Facebook and pick up the banjo w/ Jim Pankey
Multi-instrumentalist, performer, teacher and award winning yo-yoer Jim Pankey decided one day to quit his day job as a banker and pursue a career as a professional musician. He now mixes "old-timey" traditional tunes and teaching on banjo, ukulele and mandolin with "new-timey" technologies such as YouTube to put his work out into the world. He encourages students to always keep their instrument out and to practice their banjo a little bit every day that they brush their teeth. Added Bonus: Jim plays a tune for us at the end of the episode! See Jim's lessons & free resources here: Follow him here: Website here: See when Jim is teaching next at the John C. Campbell Folk School here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day:  “Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
May 18, 2021
8. Having great teachers paired with practicing motor skills make for a great start in your creative journey no matter the medium w/ Lauren deSerres
Lauren deSerres went from explorations with clay, sculpture, wood carving and toy making to becoming a mixed media painter, art teacher and raiser of chickens. She experienced an improved emotional quality of life when she decided to become a self-employed, full-time artist. Though some days are full of accounting rather than painting, it remains her happy place...especially if she sticks to her morning ritual of starting each day with yoga. She shares that art making isn't all magic and inspiration, it is also practicing seeing well and noticing combined with lots of motor skills practice and getting your eyes, hands and brain to talk to each other. She encourages everyone, no matter your work/life situation, to always fold creative bits into your days so that you are a happier person and in turn, that much more fun to be around.  Learn more about Lauren's work here: Follow Lauren on instagram here:@lauren_deserres Find her on Facebook here: @laurendeserresfineart Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. ~ John Lubbock
May 10, 2021
7. If you're always filling your pockets with inspiration, there will surely be a new idea there for you when you need it w/ Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle.
Melissa and Graeme are partners in life and partners in work. They share a love for nature, tiny house building and learning old-time banjo and are known internationally for their collaborative sculptural wood art. Though a life of constant collaboration isn't always easy and juggling the emotions that come with Graeme having left New Zeland to make his home with Melissa in the U.S. can be very challenging, they have a great respect for each other's aesthetics, level of technique and care for the protection of our planet. Life and art are always a work in progress and that gives each and every one of us permission for the first attempt to not be so great, to keep going and have faith that by the third time around (and the next and the next) we are getting better and better. Check out Melissa & Graeme's work here: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote of the day: "I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” John Keats
May 4, 2021
6. Life should not be so incredibly hard when you've got friends and community that you can share it with w/ Nanette Davidson
Music, art and dance have pulled Nanette through both the good times and the bad. Everything from her background in weaving, cooking & Morris dancing to intergeneration friendships to super tasty shortcuts for family dinner making to parades with large puppets have helped her deal with life's ups and downs. She agrees that creative expression is good for all of us and therefore good for those around us and therefore good for the entire planet...on so many levels.  Check out the John C. Campbell Folk School Cookbook by Nanette: See what classes Nanette is teaching soon at the Folk School: Signup for our email list: Shop:  Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.  ~ Maya Angelou
April 27, 2021
5. No one can change what you have in your mind or in your heart...creativity included w/ Misty Kelischeck
Head of a cosmetology department, mother and mixed media painter Misty Kelischeck admits that creative thoughts pass through her mind all day long. Though those thoughts may not make it onto paper or canvas, no one/nothing can change what we have in our mind or in our hearts, not even the constant flow of daily responsibilities. She reminds us that there is always a place for color studies, thinking like a designer, collecting inspiration where you can find it and even sometimes being a little obstinate in defense of your own creative life.  Check out Misty's website: Follow her on instagram: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but rather their inward significance. ~ Aristotle
April 20, 2021
4. Art is one of the great reasons to be alive w/ Georgia Smith
Reader and writer, bookmaker and encaustic painter Georgia Smith is now also training to be a therapist. She thinks often about the place of creativity in our lives and reflects here on how it is a different process for each of us often involving both internal and external struggles. Some are healed through the making of art/music/dance/etc. Others have to face the struggles that keep them from actively making and that it is in fact art that is worth healing for. See some of Georiga's writing here: - - Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled -- to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing -- that the light is everything..." May Oliver, The Ponds
April 14, 2021
3. Pursuing your creative endeavors is a way to get your internal needs met w/ Tom Liden
Commercial and fine art photographer, painter, traveler and mentor Tom Liden shares stories of everything from homesteading and being a solopreneur to how long commutes make for good thinking time and supportive parents can have a huge impact on your creative journey, even if they don't exactly understand it. Learn more about Tom's work here: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: ~ Your quote for the day: "No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
April 2, 2021
2: Doing art can be a way of coming home w/ Greta Dietrich
Multi-media artist, metalsmith, designer, owner of Woodwise Botanicals and mother of two reminds us that sometimes it's more important to choose the creative project over the dirty dishes. Even when her 3 year old took a hammer to one of her gallery pieces and when making a business of art with children around means constant interruptions she holds true to her own advice, "Keep dreaming. Don't stop." Learn more about Greta here: Visit her etsy shop: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your quote for the day: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions."  ~ Albert Einstein
April 1, 2021
1: How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer and poet Aubrey Atwater shares stories about how being "hell-bent" has been a key ingredient in staying true to her creative path despite the many life challenges that have come along the way. (She also sings us one of her original songs!) Learn more about Auburey here: See Aubrey dance & play banjo at the same time: Signup for our email list: Shop: Instagram: Donate to support this podcast: Your Quote for the day: "There are an infinite number of rewards you could bestow on yourself for working at your creative projects, and you deserve every one of them." ~ Eric Maisel
April 1, 2021
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March 8, 2021