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PODCAST: The Man Who Painted Clouds
Listening in on a 2017 podcast interview about the Huntington Museum of Art Installation 'For the Joy of Light'
Douglas John Imbrogno photo | Robert Singleton’s West Virginia studio | July 2019
NOTE: The following August 2017 podcast interview with Robert Singleton and Dan Morro was produced as part of Charleton Gazette-Mail coverage of the multimedia exhibition “For the Joy of Light,” installed at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, W.Va., from August 2017 through early February 2018. Read interviewer Douglas John Imbrogno’s companion story to the podcast at this link: “A LOOK BACK AT ‘THE JOY OF LIGHT’: When Robert Singleton's work and Dan Morro's music captivated a museum.” Below is the original introduction to the podcast.
By Douglas John Imbrogno | August 12, 20127 | Stories and farewell essays of creative people exiting West Virginia and the resulting angst, pushback, and gloom over the state’s declining population and outflow of talent have become a depressing staple. They deserves a descriptive title: Dear John-boy stories? Departure porn? Such tales of woe and sayonara fail to focus on the people who have decided to stay. Or portraits of fine souls not born here, but who chose to come — and then stayed. Like painter Robert Singleton, who lives on a mountaintop in Hardy County, W.Va. This is a story about a man who had one career as an abstract expressionist, then hit a wall. What to paint? Clouds. That’s what he wanted to paint. Then, he met Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and everything changed. Then, came the really hard stuff, as he helped to shepherd a host of friends and loved ones out of this life with her guidance. And the painting stopped. Then, one day, across the Atlantic in Germany, an East Berlin-born musician stumbled on his website. Therein, lies a Mountain State tale.
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