217: Katherine Flemming, Founder & Director of The Bridge Initiative, On Environmental Advocacy Through Compelling Public Artwork

Katherine Flemming, Founder and Director of Bridge Initiative, a nonprofit that bridges art and science to create public art for environmental advocacy. The mission of Bridge is to be a conduit to shift the collective consciousness- making planet earth the priority through the lens of compelling and impactful artworks. She is also serves as the Vice Chair of BlueLab Preservation Society, whose purpose is to help address water pollution, climate change, and environmental issues by utilizing art, science, culture, and design as a galvanizing channel for sustainable change.

We do a deep dive into one of the projects she is working on with BlueLab’s Chair Ximena Caminos, called the The Reefline, which  is an environmentally-functioning artwork, artificial reef  and public park to run  7 miles along the coast of Miami Beach’s shoreline, providing a critical habitat for endangered reef organisms and enhancing coastal resilience.

Katherine shares the inspiration where her passion for environmental advocacy began, when and how she started the Bridge Initiative, how one eye opening vacation had her shifting gears in her longstanding design career in the world of fashion with brands like Thiery Mugler, Tory Burch, and her namesake handbag  line.   She talks about her recent event, which took place last night at the Faena Hotel in Miami, and she shares the exercise and wellness routines that fuel her for success.

Fleming’s work with Bridge Initiative, Waterproof, and BlueLab continues to draw attention from the contemporary art community and environmental sector alike. Her advocacy work has led her to ongoing partnerships and relationships with artists, designers, and contemporary leaders such as David Benjamin Sherry, Alaska Whale Foundation, Coral Morphologic, NOAA, Michele Oka Doner, Orlando Estrada, The Everglades Foundation and Carlos Betancourt among others.


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60. Karen H. Salup, Nationally Renowned Fine Artist and Abstract Expressionist On Building A Career As An Artist, Abstract Expressionism, and How A New York Times Review Set Her Career In Motion

Karen H. Salup is a New York Times reviewed, award winning fine artist, and abstract expressionist.Her career spans over four decades where she has explored a spectrum of styles from realism to abstract expressionism. Her paintings have graced the walls of top galleries in NYC, Long Island, Palm Beach, Miami, and many cities in between.  She is also Marni’ mother. In honor of Mother’s Day, Marni invited her mom to be on the show.

They  are talking all things art from painting to building a business. Marni and Karen converse about where her art career began, her journey from paining as a hobby to pursuing a career as a professional artist, the challenges and opportunities along the way, her method, style, influences, and inspiration. And, of course, we talk about the athleticism and fitness that have fueled her for success!

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14. Debora Warner: Founder, Mile High Run Club On Running, Art, and Entrepreneurship

Debora Warner is the Founder of Mile High Run Club, the first studio of its kind dedicated to running with both indoor classes and outdoor training, which launched in 2014.  Debora’s pioneering innovation has bridged the sport of running with boutique fitness creating a concept that appeals to both runners and the broader fitness community including everyone from beginner’s, elite and Olympic athletes, transforming the traditional solo treadmill training experience into a fun, energetic and empowering group session while making running accessible to the new-runner.

Debora and Marni sync up about running, of course! They talk about where it all began for Debora and Mile High Run Club, training tips and advice, going from the treadmill to the trails, insight on Mile High Run Clubs exciting new class “The Build,” a 45 minute full body strength class incorporating functional training with power and stability (a must for all runners), and the new studio coming soon!  Read More

12. Melody Weir: On The Art of Connecting People, Sustainable Design and Conscious Living

Melody Weir is a globally renowned pioneer in sustainable interior design and the President and Creative Director of Melody Weir, Inc. Her eye for design and creative talents transcend beyond physical form and space. She is a specialist and has a sixth sense when it comes to connecting people, curating introductions, and developing brand identity. Read More

6. Patricia Field on Art-Fashion, Career, and Wellness

The eponymous fashion designer, stylist and retail entrepreneur, Patricia Field,  sync’s up with Marni on the Move host, Marni Salup to discuss art-fashion, career and wellness. Read More