Everything’s Coming up Joey
If you haven’t picked up the new issue of City Arts Magazine, you might want to check it out. There’s a wonderful feature on Seattle artist and art enthusiast Joey Veltkamp’s blog Best Of by City Arts writer Bond Huberman.
Around two years ago, in the midst of a depressing Seattle winter, Veltkamp started a blog meant to highlight for himself the positive activities and friendships he was engaged in. […] Steadily, the personal diary evolved into what he now calls “Best Of,” a more outwardly focused survey of arts, food, and other pieces of culture that speak to him, including candid interviews with local artists whose work piques his curiosity or aligns with his own creative pursuits. Reading through the interviews online, it became apparent that accumulating in these casual chats about process and inspiration was a new way of experiencing visual art. It was not limited to the social breadlines at openings, nor the abbreviated glimpses offered by critics. Here was a person seeing work that caught his eye and chasing after a greater understanding of it for his own edification, with no credentials beyond curiosity and the savvy it takes to launch a Blogger account.
The feature includes several pages of excerpts from Joey’s interviews with a variety of local artists, including Dawn Cerny, Gala Bent, Brad Woodfin, Kimberly Trowbridge, Scott Foldesi, Claire Cowie, Roy McMakin, Drew Daly, Eric Elliott, Gretchen Bennett, Matthew Offenbacher and yours truly.
In addition, Joey has written a graphic novel based on photographs by Chase Jarvis. The book will be released on Thursday, November 12 in the Fireside Room of the Sorrento Hotel. More details on the project and launch party on Best Of.