Artful Vagabond began as an art and travel blog by sculptor, cultural project developer and former travel professional Serena Kovalosky. Her writing attracted a loyal audience as the blog evolved into the 365 Days Project, a year-long series of daily interviews with visual artists around the world.
There are many kinds of art in this world. What makes the headlines as “elitist” art is far from the whole picture.SerenaK
“The goal,” said Kovalosky, “was to take a good look at what often separates art from the people it is supposed to serve and find a way to bust through the myths, stereotypes and sense of intimidation surrounding art and artists. There are many kinds of art in this world and what makes the headlines as ‘elitist’ art is far from the whole picture.”
The 365 Days Project provided the springboard for Kovalosky’s innovative cultural projects that promoted a cultural “sense of place,” brought revenue and publicity to participating artists, generated art tourism to rural areas and redefined attitudes about art.
During a curatorial trip to the Canadian Yukon to explore a potential US exhibition, a new vision emerged. “I should be filming this,” Kovalosky thought as she traveled from studio to studio, visiting carvers, painters, a “shaman of the knives” and Native weavers – experiencing the Yukon through its artists.
Upon her return, an extraordinary opportunity supported that vision: A local public access television station suggested that Kovalosky launch her own televised show and offered assistance.
Artful Vagabond Productions was born.
Kovalosky assembled a film crew and began filming a pilot in upstate New York, featuring American sporting artist Adriano Manocchia. Part documentary, part reality show, the Artful Vagabond series celebrates artists the way the Food Channel celebrates food, with “SerenaK” as the on-camera host and tour guide to America’s most fascinating artists and studios.
The pilot is currently in post-production.