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Creative Mornings "Love"

Creative Mornings "Love"

Artist Ed Trask was named the individual who most embodies Richmond and creativity at our first-ever CreativeMornings. It was our privilege to document his inspiring talk at the Glave Kocen Gallery, where he and other local artists are currently showcasing their latest work. Speaking from the heart, Ed talked about the significant role that love plays in art and life, and how he fell in love with being an artist. "For me, the true origins of pure creativity - and this is before any mark is made, before any note is even played, before any design is developed or a concept is conceptualized, anything that happens - we must first fall in love. It’s vital. It’s important." Check out the video below to also hear some original music from his band, Kepone. 

Venue: Glave Kocen Gallery  |  Videography: EVERGIB  |  Photography: Rebecca D'Angelo

Creative Mornings "Broken"

Creative Mornings "Broken"

Katherine Wintsch, Founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, shared her broken, busted up journey on her way to becoming whole. She talked about the lies she no longer believes, as well as insights she’s learned along the way. One notion was the realization that her past life was like being an actor on a stage: “I was pretending to love a life that I built, not for me, but for other people to be proud of me. And there is a big difference… it is a path to nowhere happy.”

Venue: VCUArts Depot  |  Videography: Artesian Entertainment Group  |  Photography: Capture Photography

Creative Mornings "Reality"

Creative Mornings "Reality"

Kelly Lewis is the principal of Lewis Leadership Group, a place where leaders uncover their power and joy. She challenged us to figure out what we need to embrace both Reality and its partner, Possibility and shared a quote from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo: "Reality can surprise us into a larger totality of life, breaking current limit, and allowing us to redefine ourselves in regard to the large sense that’s upon us. We can never be prepared for everything. We can, however, be prepared prepare for how we might show up and respond to reality and the gifts hidden within it." 

Venue: The Hofheimer  |  Videography: Chet Strange & Steph Langan  |  Photography: Kate Thompson, Betty Clicker |  Music: Keilan Creech of The Tide Rose

Creative Mornings "Risk"

Creative Mornings "Risk"

Elisabeth Edelman is Vice President of Branding and Communications at Ledbury, a luxury menswear company headquartered in Richmond. She talked to us about "the courage of her desire" and the role risk has played, and continues to play in her life decisions. "Risk is awesome because it makes my life meaningful. I have to take risks to get the things that I want. To live the life of my priorities. I also, let’s be honest, I like the thrill."

Venue: The Frontier Project  |  Videography: Todd Wright  |  Photography: Echard Wheeler  

Creative Mornings "Change"

Creative Mornings "Change"

Jeff Rock is Co-Founder and President of Mobelux, a "product team for hire" specializing in custom digital solutions. He talks about how change is unsettling, but often spurs creativity. Rather than panic or ignore change, he encourages us to adapt to change. "I found that through adaptation, that’s actually where the creativity came through. In that kind of heat and friction of constraint and uncertainty, that’s where the creativity lives."

Venue: Dogtown Dance Theatre  |  Videography: Glossy Productions  |  Photography: Echard Wheeler

Creative Mornings "Ethics"

Creative Mornings "Ethics"

Social Venturer, Anika Horn, gave us a peek into her German roots and her first exposure to socialism as an impetus to community. She believes that it doesn’t take people outside our city to create and affect real social change in our community - those people exist right here and right now. "I want to see what the ecosystem looks like and how we can find and support those entrepreneurs in making this change real in our community, to elevate the life standard of everybody who lives in Richmond."

Venue: The Frontier Project  |  Videography: Lovell Productions  |  Photography: Allison Kuhn

Creative Mornings "Language"

Creative Mornings "Language"

Author Valley Haggard inspired us to turn our "sh*t into gold." She shared how words have defined her life's journey and encouraged us to share our stories because you never know how they may impact the lives of others. "Writing might be the one chance at alchemy we have in our lifetime. Take the raw, ugly, messy sh*t of your life and turn it into art. Turn it into an experience that could help someone else."

Venue: VCU Brandcenter  |  Videography: Miles Coulton-Thompson  |  Photography: Lauren Cronan  

Creative Mornings "Time"

Creative Mornings "Time"

Bill Martin, Director of The Valentine Museum, took us through a visual retrospective of Richmond, showing how far our historic city and its diverse people have come. He explained that "it's not about time, but about separating yourself from time and understanding that all the words we use today are going to be gone, and the things that we're going to create in this place isn't about the time you spend, but about the commitment you make to the community."

Venue: VCUArts Depot  |  Videography: The Herrintons  |  Photography: Images by Magdelena  

Creative Mornings "Work"

Creative Mornings "Work"

Nationally-acclaimed artist, Noah Scalin, shared his thoughts on the topic of work and we learned it isn't about "doing perfect stuff, having brilliant ideas... it's about showing up and doing the work." He also explained his snowball philosophy when it comes to creativity: "Everybody can make a snowball. And you don’t have to make a perfect snowball, it just has to be a ball. But the trick is if you’re standing at the top of a mountain, and you start making snowballs, and you start rolling them down, one of them is going to catch and make an avalanche. Who knows which one? The more that you roll down, the more likely it is to happen. So… make more snowballs."

Venue: The Frontier Project  |  Videography: Lovell Productions  |  Photography: Stephanie Yonce