Arts Underground

What is art, and what can we learn from it? On Arts Underground, host Sarah Williamson explores all different forms of creativity and skill, such as the art of love, war, charisma, food, and comedy. Bringing you the stories and lessons behind art, while taking the time to stop and smell the roses that are the classics. 

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 2-3 PM ... or listen to a podcast below.

Ready and Resilient Interview & The Perception of Women, Ep. 6: Gender Colors and Toolboxes

Saturday, April 13, 2019

To artists, colors are colors. They are resources from which we communicate an image. To most other people, though, colors represent concepts. For example, in America, approximately 80% of people associate the color red with the smell or taste of berries, cherries, or fruit punch; the color blue is associated with water, sky, and blue raspberry, and pink is associated with...girls? 

W.C.Handy Blues and Perception of Women, Ep. 5 [4/6/2019]

Saturday, April 6, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, we talk about the life of W.C.Handy, father of blues, with relative Cynthia Handy Quintela who choreographs the show "W.C.Handy Blues: Legacy of Dance and Swan Lake", presented by Alabama Youth Ballet Theater. 

Perception of Women, Episode 4: "Warrior Women"

Saturday, March 23, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, we continue with the table discussion series "The Perception of Women" where we talk about the expectations of women shown through advertising, traditional female roles, and beauty standards. In this installment, we discuss being handed these expectations of what women can and can't do, and how history repeatedly shows women breaking away from the mold and demonstrating that there is no good reason to place restrictions on any one group of human beings. Such restrictions leads to an "Us vs.

3/16/19 Yuyi Morales Interview; The Perception of Women Ep. 3 "Control and Acceptance"

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, we talk with multiple award-winning and New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Yuyi Morales and her most recent picture book "Dreamers", which was published almost exactly a year after President Trump shut down the DACA program. Also, we continue with the Perception of Women series, a table discussion about the roles of women, beauty standards, and how it all relates to art. In this third installment of the series - are beauty standards and advertising just part of the age-old struggle of man exerting control over his fellow human?

The Perception of Women, Episode 2: "Perception Starts Early"

Friday, March 8, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, the series "The Perception of Women" is continued - a discussion about art as it relates to beauty standards, advertising, and the roles of women in and out of the home.

Arts Underground "Perception of Women - Ep. 1 Disaster and Beauty"

Saturday, March 2, 2019

In the first episode of this discussion series we're calling “The Perception of Women”, we largely focused on art and beauty as it relates to nature, disaster, and disease.

David Nuttall Interview

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Painting maps is FAR more difficult and complicated than you might think! Lowe Mill artist David Nuttall talks about his lifelong fascination with maps, what goes into creating them, and how he started drawing maps on people. He also talks about his experience as a cartographer, what places in the world are logically impossible and yet still exist. 

Listen to the end for a blooper reel including behind-the-scene stories from David's feature on Samantha Brown's "Places to Love"!

Art Underground Tweed Ride Follow Up [01/12/2019]

Saturday, January 12, 2019

In this episode, we follow up with Brandy Baird, coordinator of the Huntsville Tweed Ride, to see how the ride went this past November.

Arts Underground - "Instagoogle" [1/5/19]

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sarah is an artist, did you know that? Her instagram followers do, and they submitted their art inspo/biz/random questions for her to answer in this episode.

Arts Underground - The Art Of Comedy [12/29/2018]

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Is comedy just for comedians? Is having a strong sense of humor something you're born with, and if not..tough?

The answer is no!

Sarah interviews comedians Jonathan Craig and Cory Michaelis to learn more about comedy, its application to daily life, and how it can help manage happiness.

Arts Underground "Christmas Rock" [12/1/18]

Monday, December 3, 2018

In this episode, Sarah interviews members of the musical "American Idiot", presented by Lyrique Music Productions, as well as the writer, director, and lead of "Humbug! A Christmas Carol", presented by Bank Street Players of Decatur. Andrew Pittman co-hosts.

Arts Underground "Gypsee Yo" (11/10/18)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Performance artist Gypsee Yo is a slam poem champion whose work attempts to blur the lines between genres. She's toured world-wide and has been featured on numerous programs, including Snap Judgement. She's looked into the face of poverty, evil, and devastation, and lived to tell the countless stories. In this episode of Arts Underground, she shares a few of those - as well as some stories of joy and hope - with us. 

The Trip to Iceland

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sarah is excited about visiting Iceland! In the land of ice and fire, rainbows pop up every five minutes, there are milky blue thermal pools to relax in, and the breathtaking landscape makes for INSTAGRAM GOLD....however, things don't go according to plan.

Spooky Tweed

Saturday, October 27, 2018

In this episode of Arts Underground, Sarah interviews Brandy Baird about the upcoming 2018 Tweed Ride HSV on November 17. You can hear about where the best places are to get costumes, how to prepare, and what activities to look forward to. Additionally--in celebration of Halloween--Sarah tells the story of Aunt Emma, the haunted old Stegar Place, and the phantom which visited her one stormy night. It was this visitation which led to the discovery of a possible secret underground passageway. 

The Future of Rocketree

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Two things we know: the brain can act as the ultimate muse, and healing is the portal to incredible things. Artist and musician Chris Wade demonstrates this as he discusses his past and the path that set him on his way to creating his series "Evolution of a Dream" and the sub-series "The Future of Rocketree". 

Female Saints with Cynthia Wagner

Friday, September 14, 2018

This week on Arts Underground, Sarah Williamson sat down with artist Cynthia Wagner to discuss her art, the stories of incredible women who inspired her female saints series, and the absence of women from the church.

The Arts Underground "The Bad Pony Club" (July 15, 2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some ponies are badder than others, and all horses are pretty badass. On the show today will be Spirit Horses by James DeMars, a Thai classical dancing horse, Bronze Horses and Horsemen by Auber and Gliere, some of The Red Pony suite by Copland, and a peek into the Bad Pony Club with the Out Loud Poets. Oh, and also a dragon. 

The Arts Underground "Five or Six Senses" (July 8, 2017)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Music and poetry for the five (or six) senses today...including works by The Bobs, Michael Gandolfi, Michael Torke, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, and the Out Loud Poets. 

The Arts Underground "A Little Light Music" (July 1, 2017)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Out Loud Poets lighten up, and we'll also hear Dustin O'Halloran's album, LUMIERE. 

The Arts Underground "Three Spirits" (June 24, 2017)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alicia Cole is an Out Loud Huntsville poetess, but her work inhabits many can find out about her at Alicia Cole on Facebook. Kimeko Farrar is a super jazzy internet sensation, mom, engineer and poetess, and you can find her work on Facebook and on YouTube. Dr. Mary Crowell is a piano and music theory teacher who also plays the clarinet and writes and sings her own songs; just Google Mary Carolyn Phillips Crowell to find her work on the web. All three of these very inspiring people are local folks who have created great CDs that I'll share parts of with you today.




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