Episode 218 – Transforming lives with Art with Shari Brownfield

Shari Brownfield is a fine art advisor, appraiser, and owner of Shari Brownfield Fine Art. Shari was born in Montreal and grew up there and in Israel. She went on to study fine art at Concordia University and double majored in art history and studio art. Shari has worked her way through every level of the art world and now has her own project space and office inside the famed “Wort Cabin” just off the town sq in Jackson.

In this episode, Shari shares her family’s fascinating history and why she left life in the city to move out to Jackson over 20 years ago. Shari and Stephan also discuss changing career paths, the fine art industry, why people buy and collect art, what gives Art value, and the importance of maintaining a good reputation.

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Episode 217 – Finding Your Creativity with Leigh Reagan Smith

Leigh Reagan Smith is a documentary filmmaker, mom, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, podcaster, and artist.  Leigh is the founder of Soul Creative, a multimedia company focused on bringing creativity, inspiration, and joy into people’s lives. 

In this episode, Leigh shares how a serene moment in the city inspired her to seek out snow and nature. Leigh and Stephan then discuss art, creativity, podcasting, and the importance of finding a way to express yourself. 

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Episode 213 – Training Inside to Conquer the Outside with Julie Guttormson

Julie Guttormson is a trainer, community leader, baton twirler, entrepreneur, stroke survivor, former news anchor, the founder of VIM, and the new non-profit Rock on Society. VIM is a fitness and training studio that specializes in group classes. The Rock on Society is a dynamic experience and fundraising non-profit that provides aid for stroke and cardiac patients.

In this episode, Julie shares why her life was flipped upside down at the age of 31 and how it led her to start the VIM. Stephan and Julie also chat about recovery, authentic fitness, following your passions, re-branding, the power of positivity, and supporting your community.

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Episode 211 – Making a Pitch for Naughty Fruit with Juan Morales

Juan Morales is the creator and CEO of Naughty Fruit and Rosa’s Tamales. Naughty Fruit combines dehydrated fruit and a blend of unique spices, such as dried chili and lemon. Both of Juan’s companies put family in the forefront and are inspired by his Mexican family heritage.

In this episode, Stephan and Juan chat about the importance of family, hard work, eating local, doing what you love, and drawing inspiration from your community.

Juan and Naughty Fruit are participating in Silicon Couloir’s 10th Annual Pitch Day. The event takes place at The Center for the Arts on October 19th at 5 pm.

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