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‘Cut & Paste’ podcast: Turner Center painter finds joy in making and talking about art

You can tell a lot just by just looking at Alehra Evans. That she’s a joyful, creative person, for one. Wearing a puffy white peony in her hair, sporting a gold-toned animal-print jacket and multi-layered gold earrings, she's clearly into the art of fashion.

She’s also an award-winning painter and mixed-media artist. (Click through the slideshow, above, to see some of her art, including an "I Love Lucy" portrait with custom frame.) Evans, 28, makes and sells her work at the Turner Center for the Arts in Maplewood, an organization serving artists of all ages with any sort of disability.

Cut & Paste

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • Evans, on a portrait she created of Beyonce: “I’m pretty sure if she saw my picture, she’d go, ‘Wow, you did that? That is so special.’” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • Evans, on the power of determination: “My life wasn’t always good. But life is what you make it. I believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it.” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • TCA executive director Sheila Suderwalla, on Evans’ work in Turner’s supportive employment program: “So her job is to make art. And her paycheck is when that art sells.” Tweet #cutpastestl

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.