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.

Arts Underground: P.O.W "Understanding Fear", ep. 11

Saturday, June 15, 2019

In this episode of arts underground, you can hear about fear as it sometimes affects the art-making process as well as surprising things that doctors and scholars used to believed about the female anatomy.

Arts Underground - Perception of Women, Ep. 10 "Fear of the Unknown"

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Why is a naked human body so taboo? Why does the idea of posing for art make us so uncomfortable? In this episode of Arts Underground, our P.O.W. panel dives into the feelings behind why the female body is sexualized when nude regardless of context. 

Zulfat Suara - the "Us vs. Them" Mentality

Saturday, June 1, 2019

It's a mentality that helped us to survive in the ages before technology, and we grew up watching it in the Saturday morning cartoons.

Us vs. Them: Good guys and bad guys, Cat and Mouse, Cowboys and Indians, Black and White, Muslim and Christian, Liberal and Conservative.....what we percieve to be Good and Evil based on what we're told in the media and on social platforms.

The very idea that we must be afraid of and control each other because of our differences is the foundation of the "us v. them" mentality.

Perception of Women, Ep. 8 - "Fear of the Unknown"

Saturday, May 4, 2019

In this continuation of the Perception of Women series, our panel of artists and subjects discuss humanity's greatest enemy - fear of the unknown - and how that has influenced our perception of women. 

Panoply, Threshold, POW Ep. 7

Saturday, April 27, 2019

This episode of Arts Underground features interviews about Panoply and what to expect as well as Chris Wade, featured artist on the Panoply promotional poster; Jane Philips and her art show "Threshold" which beautifully honors the natural female form; and the 7th installment of the Perception of Women series, where a panel of artist and subjects handle difficult women's issues as they relate to art. 

Jane Philips - Threshold 4/26/19

Friday, April 26, 2019

In this candid discussion, Lowe MIll artist Jane Philips talks about the imporance of creating and viewing art - how it improves mental health and changes beauty narratives surrounding women. Her gallery show opening is April 26th and her work will remain on display through June 15th. 

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. www.tweedridehsv.com 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. 

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