Iris Irina Silva Guest on Artists on Art May 18, 2010

Artist, painter, sculptor, educator, shaman, and performer, Iris Irina Silva, of Elemental Art Studio, was the guest for Artists on Art for the May 18th show.She combines art with intentional based prayer and vibrational awareness.

We spoke of her art installation at the Windmill Cafe that began May 2 and runs through June 9th.  May 21, 2010 at 6:00pm was the opening reception.

The Windmill Cafe is at 2-1231 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA.

We spoke of her background both as artist and shaman as well as the spiritual aspect to her art practice beginning with childhood in Rome, Italy, Ethiopia and travels across the African continent. Prior to the opening reception, she created an art performance ritual that was to be filmed and included at the art show.

The purpose of the ritual was to intentionally “charge” each art piece with a high based vibrational healing energy. This will be done through chanting, movement, mediation and prayer in a spiral based mapping. Iris is reintroducing pagan and tribal art making into contemporary mainstream art.

For more information about Iris’ artwork and education, please go to her website:

If you missed the live broadcast,  you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio:].

Here’s a twitvid of us in the studio.

Phil Crawford on Artists on Art May 11, 2010

The Artists on Art guest for May 11, 2010, was mediator, advocate, educator, steward of the community, and long time Santa Cruz resident, Phil Crawford.

Phil raised both his children here on the Westside.

Phil began his art of advocacy and debate as a child.  His family encouraged his argumentation and speaking out against injustices in the world.  He began his art of  mediation in the early 70s through training he received as a police officer in San Jose.  He learned and then later taught others on how to help people in conflict through effective communication and interest based dialogue to lead to “win-win” end results.

Phil founded the Children’s Art Pro­gram  of Con­tra Costa Chil­dren and the Courts Arts Project — A col­lab­o­ra­tive Project spon­sored by Lesher Foun­da­tion — to place ther­a­peu­tic art from chil­dren of divorce and child abuse vic­tims in the court­room as a human­iz­ing addi­tion to the court­room. He sees the use of the court­room as a place for col­lab­o­ra­tion and  co-creation of solu­tions for chal­lenges in our community.

Alongside his work as  a lawyer, Phil has been and continues teaching law at San Jose City College. His first class was in Juvenile justice over 40 years ago. Most currently,  Phil wrote the cur­ricu­lum for Judi­cial Admin­is­tra­tion at SJCC being used to cer­tify and teach court employ­ees in California.

Phil’s work as a peace officer, mediator, court administrator and educator has catalyzed him to run for Santa Cruz County Judge Seat 3.  Access to Phil Crawford’s work and can be found at his website:

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio:].

Here’s a littie twitvid we took before the show.

Denise Gallant – Artist on Art Guest for May 4, 2010

Long time Santa Cruz local videographer and UCSC and KZSC alumnus, Denise Gallant came into the radio studio for the May 4th live broadcast to talk about the 9th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival. There are a lot of happenings around the SC Film Fest such as all the events including parties, the programs, and the films.  “It’s not just a festival, it’s an experience.” We had a lot to talk about including her former DJ years at KZSC and her long and illustrious video artwork.

This is the first year for Denise to be on the Santa Cruz Film Festival Board.  She has previously presented her movies in the Festival.  She has two in this year as well, Last Call for Alcohol with music by Kevin Shine and God’s Radar – Live in Philadelphia with music by one of the oldest singing groups in the US, Dixie Hummingbirds.


Denise started her path studying at UCLA film and quickly moved to the new media at the time video due to it’s cost.  She then came up to UCSC (Kresge) to study and began creating electronic music and interactive video/audio synthesizers. She worked with electronic music composer Gordon Momma and built a electronic video audio modulator.  The mechanism’s claim to fame was its usage in the Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood movie, Brainstorm.

Denise was one of the first individual female DJ at KZSC back in the early 70s.  There was the women’s collective Breakfast in Bed (Betsy McNair talks about this KZSC Collective on the Artists on Art  3/9/10 show).  She had an experimental rock show that also included poetry that ran on Friday nights at 10pm.  Somewhere in the KZSC station is a video she made of that time. She says that these were some of her best times.  This was also where she met her husband. She shared that she interviewed Brian Eno and Robert Fripp on her radio show.

After her stint up in the redwoods, she returned to her hometown of LA to work as an editor at NBC as well as being the first VJ (1980-1983).  After which, the trees called her back and she’s been in home in Santa Cruz ever since. Along with continuing her film-making and helping the SC Film Fest, Denise teaches digital video editing at Cabrillo College Digital Media Department.


Access to Denise Gallant’s work can be found on YouTube at Video4dvd.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio:].

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