Creative Life

Our series Creative Life discontinued on October 30th, 2017. It has been replaced by Ways of Life

The Creative Life archive lives on this page. Creative Life offered an audio tour of arts, culture, and inspiration on the Cape and Islands. Our region is rich with creative diversity, and so are the stories we tell.

Creative Life is edited by Jay Allison.

Creative Life is made possible by The Circle of Ten, ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.

Whale Tale

May 18, 2012
Meadow Dibble

In the center of Cape Cod, a whale emerged from a block of marble. It was coaxed out by sculptor Tim Dibble, a long time Brewster resident.  It took 4 men and and a crane to install the finished 3 1/2 ton sculpture on Shore Road in Chatham. 

Visit Tim Dibble's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Find out more.

So Much Joy and Spirit

Apr 6, 2012
Celeste Evans

  Tara Murphy has studied and performed just about every type of dance - from ballet to flamenco to Indian. For the past 20 years, Tara has focused on African dance. She says it helps her feel connected to her roots and she's sharing it with the community here on the Cape. For our Creative Life series, Katie Klocksin brought back this portrait from her class in Brewster.

Visit Cape Cod African Dance & Drum's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

  If it has anything to do with the guitar, Arlen Roth has embraced it.  As a solo artist, as a sideman to legendary rock and folk performers, as a guitar designer, as a magazine columnist and teacher, Arlen has left his impact on more than one generation of guitar players. On his way to his home on Martha's Vineyard, Arlen stopped by our studio and spoke with Steve Junker.

Arlen Roth writes a regular blog on guitar playing.  He’s at work on an autobiography, and a children’s book in collaboration with Martha’s Vineyard illustrator Lane Gregory.

Visit Arlen Roth's website.

Below: Listen to Steve Junker's hour-long feature interview with Arlen Roth, including some great in-studio guitar playing, as it aired on Arts and Ideas, Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Up in the Air

Feb 3, 2012
Whitney Jones

  Snappy, Stretcho, and Criss-Cross are jugglers from Falmouth. They formed "The Suspenders Juggling Troupe" back in 1984 and have been performing ever since.

Visit Suspenders Juggling Troupe's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

Blacksmith

Jan 20, 2012
J.P. Davidson

  Bob Jordan has a 3000-degree forge in his garage. He’s a blacksmith with over 40 years of experience – including work with German, Italian and North American Masters. J.P. Davidson visited Bob’s workshop in Orleans for our Creative Life series.

Visit Bob Jordan's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

Creative Invention

Jan 6, 2012
Steve Junker/WCAI

A conversation with inventor Scott Smith, of Osterville. Since 2001, Mr. Smith has owned a company that produces cellular foam products -- things like padding for football helmets, and packaging inserts. Two disasters, four years apart, gave Mr. Smith first the creative inspiration for an invention, and then an opportunity to test it on a world stage.

Tattoo Psychology

Dec 9, 2011

As the popularity of tattooing reaches new heights, more people of all ages and types are getting tattoos. In this week's installment of Creative Life, Alex Crowley visits the studio of tattoo artist Angel Quinonez in Oak Bluffs.

Stealing from Plates

Nov 25, 2011
Steve Junker/WCAI

For this week’s Creative Life, Steve Junker spent an afternoon with Martha's Vineyard artist Jenifer Strachan in her West Tisbury studio, which is a small tree house, just ten feet by twelve. Seated at her work table, looking out into the surrounding woods, she pieces together mosaics - detailed images of animals, and of women - that she usually mounts in antique frames.

Visit Jenifer Strachan's website to see images of her mosaics.

A Dancing Life

Nov 11, 2011

 Margaret Rogers, of Falmouth, started teaching dance in the 1930s. She's taught all kinds of dance over the years, and she still teaches tap dancing.

This Creative Life story comes from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. The workshop will present many of the local stories they've produced over the past two months at a free public event on Friday November 18th, at 7pm at the Woods Hole Community Hall.

Visit Transom.org

Nantucket 24

Oct 28, 2011
Brian Morris/WCAI

  For the community event "Nantucket 24," Nantucketers were asked to capture the island on film over a 24-hour period. For Creative Life, Brian Morris spoke with filmmaker Kit Noble about his role organizing and shooting for the event.

Visit the Nantucket 24 Facebook page

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