Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Host
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Appears in 524 episodes
Alicia Puig
Guest
Alicia Puig
Curator & co-founder of PxP Contemporary, Director of Business Operations for Create! Magazine, and Author
Appears in 1 episode
Alyssa Bonk
Guest
Alyssa Bonk
Digital Creator, Founder and Principal at Luck & Hustle PR, Alyssa Bonk. Luck & Hustle PR is a DC-based public relations and social media marketing company proudly serving the beverage and hospitality community
Appears in 1 episode
BeMo Brown
Guest
BeMo Brown
a producer, curator and creative s*** talker. From producing large festivals like the DC Funk Parade and PBR's Flower Bomb Festival
Appears in 1 episode
Bruce Willen
Guest
Bruce Willen
Multidisciplinary designer, artist, and the founder of Public Mechanics, Bruce Willen. Public Mechanics is a design and art studio working in public and cultural spaces. Prior to Public Mechanics, Bruce co-founded acclaimed design agency Post Typography where he led high-profile projects that have shaped the visual language of Baltimore and beyond. His work has appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, The New York Times, and ESPN and in dozens of design books and periodicals, including a Post Typography monograph. He is the co-author of the book Lettering & Type and has written for the Washington Post, Design Observer, and other publications.
Appears in 1 episode
Chef Chris Amendola
Guest
Chef Chris Amendola
Chef Chris Amendola is the Chef/Owner of foraged. a hyper-seasonal eatery located in the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore, MD.
Appears in 2 episodes
Chef Neill Howell
Guest
Chef Neill Howell
Chef Neill Howell is the Owner and executive chef of The Corner Pantry, a Relaxed, contemporary restaurant serving locally sourced, modern British cuisine
Appears in 1 episode
Chelsea Gregoire
Guest
Chelsea Gregoire
Chelsea Gregoire is a consultant with skills ranging from food and beverage industry to social media marketing, working under their own company, Drinkable Genius. They have worked with restaurants, production companies, international brand ambassadors, and national organizations. Always displaying the utmost professionalism, Chelsea consistently strives to create experience and community through their work. Chelsea also uses her background in theology, church planting, and community building to craft unique experiences, care for those in her community, and generate equal opportunity for women, LGBTQ, and people of color. In 2022, Chelsea will open their first cocktail bar concept as owner, Church, as a full circle moment for their background and their understanding of how we rise to meet what the hospitality industry needs in this moment.
Appears in 1 episode
Dany Green
Guest
Dany Green
a self-taught mixed media artist whose unique approach pushes the boundaries of traditional mosaics.
Appears in 1 episode
Davóne Tines
Guest
Davóne Tines
Operatic bass-baritone, Davóne Tines, is an American known for creating roles in new works and for his collaborations with director Peter Sellars.
Appears in 1 episode
Ekaterina Popova
Guest
Ekaterina Popova
Ekaterina Popova is an award-winning artist born in Russia, known mostly for her original oil paintings of interiors. Ekaterina received a Bachelor's in Fine Art from Kutztown University in 2011 and since then has been exhibiting her work internationally. She is interested in expressive work exploring mood and emotion and is influenced by post-impressionism, fauvism, magical realism, which has enabled her to examine the subject of home, place, belonging, and identity over the past decade.
Appears in 1 episode
Hugh Sisson
Guest
Hugh Sisson
Hugh Sisson, Founder and Owner, Clipper City Brewing Co
Appears in 1 episode
Jerrill Gibbs
Guest
Jerrill Gibbs
Jerrell Gibbs’ work is often sourced from albums he finds of Black American families in the 70’s-90’s that capture moments of intimacy, leisure and elegance. Gibbs highlights subtle adornments found in these domestic spaces, which represent cultural symbols in an era where Black folks created beauty with whatever means they had. He leans into a method of painting that supports the duality of Black people who may not have resources, and yet are active in creating world-renowned culture and style that are both beautiful and classic. In Gibbs’ work, he asks the viewer to come closer to witness imperfection in brushstroke and color, as well as other artistic choices that seem misaligned. This contrasts to the illusion of a cohesive image that he creates from afar. Gibbs celebrates this dichotomy because it portrays chance as integral to the process of creation, a principle found in the masters of Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Divisionism and the abstract movement. Gibbs graduated with an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2020. His work is in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, CC Foundation, X Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Gibbs is represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.
Appears in 1 episode
Jessica Bell Brown
Guest
Jessica Bell Brown
Curator and Department Head for Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Jessica Bell Brown.
Appears in 1 episode
John Tyler
Guest
John Tyler
an artist, founder of Love Groove Music Festival, and film scorer for Under Armour, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Maryland Public Television.
Appears in 2 episodes
LaDawn Black
Guest
LaDawn Black
Relationship Expert, Author, Voice Artist and Multimedia Personality, LaDawn Black, a native of Washington, DC, is excited to be part of WBLS! Black was the host of Baltimore’s #1 radio relationship show, The LaDawn Black Show on Magic 95.9FM for three years. Prior to joining Magic 95.9, The LaDawn Black Show, was a ratings winner and listener favorite for 10 years on Baltimore’s 92Q – 92.3FM. Black has been named Best Radio Personality by the Baltimore City Paper and Best Guilty Pleasure Radio Show by the Baltimore Magazine. Black is also an author of two Penguin Random House top-selling relationship guides: Stripped Bare: The 12 Truths That Will Help You Land the Very Best Black Man and Let’s Get It On: 15 Hot Tips and Tricks to Spice Up Your Sex Life. Black’s latest book for Penguin Random House is a novel, TEASE: Steamy Short Stories. Stripped Bare was named one of the 10 Best Non-fiction Books by HuffingtonPost and her novel TEASE was a nominee for an African American Literary Award in erotica. She also lends her voice to other authors as a narrator. Black is a popular voice artist for Audible lending her talents to many top-selling books. Plus, she has been the sexy voice on many hot mixtapes and CDs. In addition to her own radio show, books and articles, Black has been a relationship expert for Oxygen, BET, TVOne, CW, Wendy, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, NPR, Fox News and many other local/national media outlets. Black is an online relationship coach for match.com, yahoo.com, happenmag.com, blackandmarriedwithkids.com, essence.com, blackpeoplemeet.com and blackmeninamerica.com. Black has contributed to or been profiled by Essence, Ebony, Heart & Soul, Upscale, Glamour, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine and many other publications.
Appears in 1 episode
Lewinale Havette
Guest
Lewinale Havette
Painter - Lewinale Havette deals primarily with aspects of identity, including gender and power dynamics, race, religion, and sexuality, in her work.
Appears in 1 episode
Noah Smock
Guest
Noah Smock
Executive Director at Baltimore Community ToolBank
Appears in 1 episode
Sean 9 Lugo
Guest
Sean 9 Lugo
Brown boy representing the duality of both Latin and American culture and experiences through masks that can either misconceive or stereotype perceptions.
Appears in 1 episode
Spike Gjerde
Guest
Spike Gjerde
James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Artifact coffee and Woodberry Kitchen
Appears in 1 episode
Terry Thompson
Guest
Terry Thompson
Painter, Terry Thompson, a self-taught American artist, born in Chicago, Illinois and currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. He also well-known veteran club dj/producer/promoter with releases on the London, UK record label Defected
Appears in 1 episode
Travis Levasseur
Guest
Travis Levasseur
a multimedia artist living and working in Baltimore, MD.
Appears in 1 episode
William Jones
Guest
William Jones
Historian, Afrofuturist, Author, Apeaker and Educator, William Jones. Afrofuturism is a multi-media cultural genre that wields elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and even a little magic to address both the real-world issues facing black people in the present day, and to re-examine and offer up a better way to see ourselves in the future, both in fiction and in reality. It encompasses the world of sci-fi and fantasy culture from a black perspective, and encourages a breaking down of current, outdated, and widely accepted paradigms to promote a more fully realized and complex black experience. Afrofuturism is intersectional, and, at its heart, about representation and fighting erasure through a kind of cultural activism.
Appears in 1 episode
Zoë Charlton
Guest
Zoë Charlton
Zoë Charlton (Baltimore, MD) creates figure drawings, collages, installations, and animations that depict her subject’s relationship to culturally loaded objects and landscapes. Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at Artpace (TX), McColl Center for Art + Innovation (NC), Ucross Foundation (WY), the Skowhegan School of Painting (ME), and the Patterson Residency at the Creative Alliance (MD). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including The Delaware Contemporary (DE), the Harvey B. Gantt Center (NC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), Studio Museum of Harlem (NY), Contemporary Art Museum (TX), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Switzerland). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and a Rubys grant (2014). Museum collections include The Phillips Collection (DC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), and Studio Museum in Harlem (NY). photo Credit Grace Roselli, Pandora's BoxX Project Charlton co-founded ‘sindikit with DC-based artist Tim Doud, a collaborative art initiative that centers creative research and projects in gender, sexuality, and race (2016-2022). She is also co-founder of Kindred Creative Residence + Agro-ForesT (2022), based in Fletcher, VT. Kindred CRAFT is a BIPOC LGBTQIA+ led, inclusive collective of farmers, artists, educators, and activists committed to teaching sustainable living through regenerative agriculture, community outreach, and arts education. Charlton holds a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council. She is a board member at the Washington Project for the Arts (DC) and Threewalls (IL). From 2003-2022, she taught full-time at American University (DC) and received tenure in 2009. She served as Chair of the Department of Art from 2015-2018 and was the first Black American tenured, Full Professor in the department. Charlton is a tenured, Full Professor of Art and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Art at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. ​ Charlton is serving on an 8-member steering committee at the Baltimore Museum of Art to reimagine equitable and accountable structures and functions of cultural institutions within diverse local and regional communities. Her current exhibitions include “A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration”, a traveling group exhibition co-curated by Chief Curator Ryan Dennis at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art Jessica Bell Brown at the Baltimore Museum of Art. As ‘sindikit, Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud co-edited Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose available through Punctum Books. Broad in scope, Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose presents an overview of the different paths taken by artists and artist collectives as they navigate their way from formative experiences into pedagogy.
Appears in 1 episode

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