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'I Made Something from Nothing'

Louisville artist Tad DeSanto talks about creativity and finding community through his work

By Cooper Burton and Julie Pfitzinger
August 16, 2023

Tad DeSanto, 76, is an artist from Louisville, Kentucky, who came to art later in life and is thriving. To create his art, DeSanto uses found materials — and isn't opposed to a little dumpster diving.

In the video by Cooper Burton, shot in part at the Pyro Gallery in Louisville in May 2023, DeSanto talks about his creative process and the gratification he has found as an artist.

"It's been quite a journey and I've enjoyed every minute of it," he says. "I'm making new friends and I've found a new community of people who like what I do."

Cooper Burton
Cooper Burton is a filmmaker and photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky. Read More
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Julie Pfitzinger is the managing editor for Next Avenue and senior editor for lifestyle coverage. Her journalism career has included feature writing for the Star-Tribune, as well as several local parenting and lifestyle publications, all in the Twin Cities area. Julie also served as managing editor for nine local community lifestyle magazines. She joined Next Avenue in October 2017. Reach her by email at [email protected]. Read More
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