Dan Jones is a graphic designer, a pursuer of truth, a craft beer enthusiast and a co-creator of The Wheezy Pidge, along with Quinn Wonderling. Spawned by Long Island and groomed by a tiny town in Upstate New York, Dan wades knee-deep through life with the goal of creating something that will make himself smile. He dreams of one day owning a snooty sandwich shop that requires no paperwork or bureaucratic permits. Likes: Tacos, Silliness, Sleep, Cartoons, Teddy Roosevelt (the dog he shares a couch with, but he's sure the former president was pleasant enough). Dislikes: Grape Soda, Litter, Pet birds, Labels that read "10% Fruit Juice"
Pidge co-creator Quinn Wonderling is a genre-spanning writer with lots of scars and a penchant for drinking beer in the shower. From the bowels of backwoods Pennsylvania, Quinn is an activist in the fight against the rampant verbicide occurring daily in this country, unnoticed – and unpunished. An energy journalist by trade, Quinn probably knows more about propane than anyone you know. Maybe more than anyone in the world. An advocate of hair products and reusable bags, Quinn draws inspiration from the works of Adrienne Rich, Raymond Carver, and most especially Gunther Gebel-Williams.
Writer/political lesbian Jared Adams currently resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he serves the public with notoriously excellent blogs as the Grand Minister of General Mayhem. When not conducting undercover research at Tea Party rallies, Jared loudly spreads jovial tidings to Brooklynites while concocting delicious soy lattes. An outspoken activist, Jared has often been described as a potent mix of Howards: equal parts Howard Zinn, Howard Stern and Howard the Duck. He enjoys Gucci Mane, sandwiches, and cutoff Snoopy t-shirts. Jared lists Christopher Hitchens and Raven Symone among his muses and firmly believes the media should “leave Lindsay alohan.” He cries easily.
I seek the quiet fires, the pause in between moments. I strive to show the beauty in the often ignored, ordinary moments. What each photograph may inspire in you, perhaps is something that already exists inside of you.
Sarah Daniel is a photographer with a flare for traditional color and Hasselblad. The medium format camera, not the Ikea nightstand. Nicknamed “Parch” after a fortuitous text message, this southern gal with no accent now resides in “up and coming” Bushwick, Brooklyn and is not ashamed. In fact, she is gall darn proud. Parch’s newer work focuses on her interest in garbology: whether an area’s trash perpetuates or breaks stereotypes on the socioeconomic and ethnic makeup of that area. Essentially, what does your garbage say about you? An awkwardly charming and kindly soul, Parch once saved a wheezy pidge from untimely death. Finding the pidge freezing and immobile on her front step, she revitalized the poor creature with a gas heater and warmth from her own bosom. The pidge flew away happily the next morning, and Parch is 17% confident she didn’t contract the bird virus. In her heartfelt pursuit of get-rich-quick schemes, her recent ideas include beach chair bags and bedazzled pepper spray cans for fashion conscious Brooklyn ladies. Don’t steal these ideas or Parch will kick your face off.
Painter Dan Figliozzi was violently birthed by a golden unicorn pony known only as "Pinkie Pie." Equally renowned for his skill as an artist and fearless devotion to cut-off jean shorts, Dan enjoys reciting "Toxic," by heart, spoken word style, at coffee house open mics. He loves frosty Diet Cokes, running, and teaching.
Wade is a designer/ artist hailing from upstate NY where he is currently living, freelancing, and trying to find a professional graphic design job (hint, hint). While his main interests lie in graphic design, traditional printmaking and illustration, he has also pursued glass casting, neon, painting, and a variety of other artistic practices. you can view more of his work at:
Logan loves peace, and thinks we should all love one another and our Mother Earth. That way, we would all be happy. Except for when someone dies or something like that. And love the animals. He is a multi-talented creative professional surviving in Brooklyn. ....Wheezy, we miss your heinous, wheezing chortles every day.
Joel Kuschke is an Artist and avid time traveler currently operating outside of Portland Maine. He works as a designer and freelance photographer. Joel enjoys beer and bicycles.
Owen Linders is a printmaker, painter and sculptor living outside of Boston, MA. Lately his focus has been on linoleum block printmaking. He hopes you are doing well.
Erin Paradis has a Bachelor’s in Ceramic Art and a Minor in Art History and Music from Alfred University. But she is perhaps best known at the school for the sweet dance moves she left behind. Erin has lived and traveled in many places, including Italy, Portland, Maine, Fort Collins, Colorado and, of course, Alfred, New York. She is currently a resident at Odyssey Clay Center for Ceramics in Asheville, North Carolina. She uses architecture and industrial spaces for inspiration for her work, taking her photographs of the architecture and creating new spaces and imagery. A deep-rooted love for Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman has traveled with Erin through her life, and the knowledge she gained from this love affair has helped her in times of trouble and outdoor adventures. These skills, along with her exquisite piano-playing abilities make Erin much more than your typical artist.
Lindsay temporarily hides in a retirement community under the summer name, Rae. Happily estranged in the northern Arizona desert, new-found friends and an allergy to tree pollen keep her company. She watercolors the primaries with preschoolers while singing nursery rhymes in whale octaves. Children trust her with fairy secrets because she has big eyes and looks like various benign animals. Rae has been described as a highly sensory individual (infatuated with smelling, specifically) and a cloud. Beautiful produce, alternative healing and long distance running really melt her butter. Rae works hard to dress a little less sexy. Surprise, this is Rae and I wrote this about myself!
I am overjoyed to be a member of the wheezy Pidge! Alfred University is where I met most of my fellow pidge mates, and it is also where I attained a bachelors degree in fine arts with a concentration in oil painting. Two years after my undergrad graduation I completed the graduate art therapy program at New York University. My earlier works are large-scale, detailed oil paintings that are based on researched topics... oh the dream world of college life. Unfortunately, reality slapped me in the face when I graduated from Alfred, and I have lacked the time and resources to produce artwork of that caliber. The upside to these annoying life circumstances is that I have been forced to change the elements of my artistic mediums. This abrupt removal from my comfort zone has changed my outlook on the intent of art making processes. I had a tendency to be very product oriented, and this made my creative process very long and grueling. At times I even dreaded going to the studio. At this point in my life I have stopped worrying about the product and started focusing on the child-like joy of making art. That's why we all started in the first place, right? To conclude this long and drawn out (<3 puns) biography, many of the pieces that I will be posting on the wheezy pidge will be "reaction art". This is a term used in art therapy to describe art that is made as a direct reflection of any feelings and/or thoughts that were elicited by a specific person, place, or event. These quick works will be accompanied by short summaries that will be more interesting than the actual events they are portraying; I hope you enjoy them!!
Kaitlin Sherin is a ceramicist, a substitute teacher, and a lover of miniature objects. In between falling asleep in public and teaching arts and crafts to kiddies of all ages, she creates functional ceramic ware. Kaitlin’s work is based on her love for the color green and the fluidity of clay. Her pottery is formed through stamping, drawing, and pressing elements of nature into porcelain. In her free time she runs colossal amounts and bakes cupcakes for any reason she can think of.
Griffin William Sherry is an artist and musician living outside of Portland, Me. He is interested in the slightly strange, the cinematic, dreams, rock music, old science fiction literature, and diving suits. Check out his music at www.myspace.com/griffinsherry
Currently living in the Bible Belt and learning all the ways of the south. Maya is a watercolor painter and wish to be illustrator, though hasn't really put in the time to be an illustrator. She is really hoping someone will just give her a job. Her paintings speak of happier times when the only thing you had to worry about was if you were going to have a play date or not with some friend or other. She is still painting and will continue to do so. Maya also likes to walk her to dogs, go biking around town, going to farmers markets and listening to pandora.
Amelia Louise Smith is known throughout the contiguous US as the Johnny Appleseed of photography. Never happier than when burrowing a garden veggie seed into Mother Earth’s sweet flesh, Amelia’s dedication to brewing the perfect moonshine is only surpassed by her adroit work in the dark room. Currently residing in Asheville, NC, she is quickly gaining local notoriety by popping sweet wheelies about town on her sea foam green Huffy one-speed. By day, Amelia squishes together oily hummus sandwiches at a quaint bookstore. By eve, she unleashes her true gift: cranking that soulja boy, foxtrotting, A-town stomping, Cupid shuffling, and shimmying her junk. In fact, critically acclaimed blockbuster “Center Stage” was based loosely on her life. Amelia’s future plans include learning to play the banjo and teaching her own skin to photosynthesize.
Born January 10th 1987 Death TBA
Rhys is a painter, handy man and philanthropist to beautiful women. He's currently working out of a former dog enclosure, turned playhouse turned art studio on Long Island. Among other things he enjoys cooking breakfast for guests, running his band of misfit street children and blowing a mean harp. He hopes one day to cure cancer with his paintings.
Katherine is a photographer from Rochester, NY who currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With a camera always dangling around her neck, from sidewalk to dance floor, she documents most all events of her life in an attempt to remember and relate to the history that surrounds us all. Using both film and digital processes, her photos combine and obscure imagery in a manner that allows viewers to create a new scenario augmented by their personal histories.
I take photographs of anything, and try to take my camera wherever I go. I work in both film and digital mediums, and enjoy collaging images together. My insperation tends to come from my surroundings. I try to make my images direct viewers eyes by controling edges of the frame as well as negative space around subjects.
I am currently living in Hanover, NH, and am working towards getting a teaching certification.
Growing up in a family of "makers" I've been drawn to just about anything that can be made. From the early days of helping my father build cabinets for my uncle, to firing off the Anagama outside Harder Hall on the Alfred University Campus, I have been drawn to making and creating.
After graduating from Alfred University in 2008 and moving South to Wilmington, North Carolina I've been drawn back to wood and all the beauty it can hold. I strive to bring life to old and used material, bringing it to a new light in all my customers homes.