Episode 52 – Chinon Maria – Artist, Muralist, Former D1 Athlete, Talking the Intersection of Sports and Art

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Chinon Maria, the artist behind Maven Murals, was born and raised on the ski slopes of Vermont. It was in her childhood home where she first began cultivating her creative path secretly drawing and painting on the walls of her home. Chinon attended the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, undergraduate programs through the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA from Montana State University where she was captain of NCAA DI Alpine Ski Team.

Chinon Maria’s Colombian roots have greatly impacted her use of a vibrant colorful palette utilizing traditional indigenous patterns while her lifelong influences include the golden age of illustration, drag queens, urban street art, Victorian textile design and the fashion industry.

Her personal work depicts many faces of “dolls” both beautiful, alluring and innocent, while all seemingly to be slightly questioning their role in society. Today, she splits her time between New York and Europe. She likes to skip, wear big bows, and sometimes red lipstick. Her theme song is Killer Queen by QUEEN.

Chinon Maria has exhibited her work internationally in galleries throughout North America and Europe.

Episode 52 – Chinon Maria


 

 

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Episode 51 – Marion Abrams – Documentary Filmmaker, Spartan Up! Podcast, Talking Life in Vermont, Her Career, Creating Films for PBS, and Working with Joe De Sena

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Marion Abrams is a creative force at whatever project she tackles. Her work has been nominated for an Emmy. The documentarian has captured and/or edited stories for PBS NOVA, PBS Birdwatch, The Vermont Department of Tourism, Vermont Ski Areas Association, The Vermont Lottery.

She partnered with Kelley & Doug Lewis to create the Vermont Spotlight video series, which received 3 Emmy Nominations in its first season. When tragedy hit her home of Pittsfield in 2011 she created the documentary Flood bound to tell the story of a small town coming together and thriving in the face of adversity.

Her latest project and one which has garnered a lot of attention is the SpartanUp Podcast. She developed and launched the podcast with Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena in 2015 and today the podcast continues to top download charts. While her face is not seen she personally touches every episode.

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She talks on the podcast about her journey, her work, living and raising a family in a small town in Vermont and more.

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Product Review: My Rad Dog – Release N Run Leash

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Well, I think my dog, Bliss, is pretty rad so when My Rad Dog gave me the opportunity to test out their Release N Run Leash recently I jumped on the opportunity. It feels like our family is always on the go and Bliss, our three-year-old Border Collie mix, is always on the go with us.

Daily he is out with my partner, who works as a professional dog walker, taking dogs into the mountains daily for hikes. Our weekend adventures around Utah and beyond, and family trips. We are always looking for new products to help our life and make Bliss happy. The most recent product to come across my desk was the Release N Run Leash.

 

At first glance, the leash just looks like a collar, but a closer look finds a hidden four-foot retractable leash in the collar, making it a two in one option.

For us, Bliss is mostly an “off leash” dog and whether we are hiking, biking, or traveling he normally only needs a leash for a short time during any activity. This is where the Release N Run Leash works great, it gets you through the short distance you need a leash then lets your dog be off leash without carrying around an extra leash.

 

As you can see from the video Bliss had no problem playing frisbee and being his normal adorable self while wearing the Release N Run Leash. We had no problem grabbing the handle to walk with him. Overall, this is a great option for anyone needing that short leash for a short period of time between the car and any activity.

Product Details:

Sizes: Small – X-Large

Colors: Multiple

Price: $39.95

Availability: MyRadDog.com and other Retailers

Construction: Lightweight, Durable, Fresh and Salt Water Safe.

Made in USA

 

Overall:

Bliss likes the product, we were able to use the product with ease, and it is a great addition to our dog’s outdoor kit. The only complaint Bliss had was he would have liked another color than fuchsia so people stop calling him a girl. But he blames him mommy for that one! Solid product, and well built.

 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Release N Run Leash for free from My Rad Dog in consideration for a gear review. All the opinions are my own. 

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