From the vault — Meet Artblog comics artist Beth Heinly


[If you’ve seen yourself in Beth Heinly’s sometimes-morbid, always-honest the 3:00 book comic strip, you’re not alone. Beth, who’s worked with artblog for years, sat down with us last March to talk about a show she curated at Vox Populi; her art-making philosophy; and her childhood, which she describes as a “battle between good and evil”.

Beth’s work is currently showing at Vox Populi in a group exhibition called Supernatural. Listen to the podcast, and then check out the show! — the Artblog editors]

Beth Heinly grew up in the Philadelphia area.  She draws comic strips (under the title the 3:00 o’clock book) that tell humorous and dark stories from her life and she sometimes creates graphic novels, like a new one “Server Serial Killer” she is working on.  (Beth’s day job is being a server at the Irish pub, Fado, so we are guessing she’s got lots of material to work with for her new book.)  But Beth’s also a performance artist and a self-taught curator responsible for some great programming at Little Berlin, where she was a member, and now, at Vox Populi, where she currently is a member.

Heinly joined Vox Populi in October, 2012, after being a Little Berlin member for three years.  She talks about the burnout but also the excitement and fulfillment of being part of a collective gallery.  Beth organized the current Vox Populi exhibit, “Collection.”  Among the ancillary programming for the show is a cellphone tour in which the collectors who lent work for the exhibit talk about their collections.  This Sunday, Mar. 31, at 1pm, at Vox Populi, there’s a panel discussion about collecting.  artblog‘s own Libby Rosof and others (Jacque Liu, Anne Schaefer, John Ollman, Debra Ward) will talk about why they collect what they collect.  Don’t miss it!

Beth Heinly, posing at Vox Populi before our interview
Beth Heinly, posing at Vox Populi before our interview
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For more images of Beth and of the show Collection, check out these three links:

This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. Thanks to the Knight Foundation for helping us get the ball rolling on this project. Thanks also to J-Lab‘s Enterprise Reporting Fund and William Penn Foundation for additional support and to our partner WHYY NewsWorks for their ongoing support. You can listen to Artblog Radio on Apple and Spotify.



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