On September 28, 2010, Serena Di Pinto was the guest for KZSC‘s (UCSC‘s radio station) Artists on Art Radio show. Serena is a local painter working in abstract. She is also participating for the first time in this year’s 25th Anniversary of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour. She’s opening up her doors to her studio, along with her husband, Greg Moore.
The tour takes place the first three weekends in October is divided by location between North and South County. The first weekend is South County. The second is North. And the third “encore” weekend is both. Serena’s studio is at the 17th Avenue space and therefore in the first weekend South County. She will also be open for the third encore weekend. From the redwoods to the sea, thousands of art enthusiasts visit with artists in their studios to see the creative process at work.
Our conversation included Serena’s evolution as a painter’s method and medium that was influenced by a head injury. Serena went from painting figurative and in oils is now a abstract acrylic painter. Either way, Serena is fascinated by the ability of the mind to create and find new ways of understanding.
Serena’s work is an emotional dialog between illusion and reality, using many translucent layers of color applied using a glazing technique. At first glance, bold streaks of color seem to be popping from a hazy, dreamy background. A closer look reveals that only soft edges appear, further drawing you in to this complexity. The paintings remind me of Mark Rothko.
Ann Ostermann, Open Studio and Outreach Manager for the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County was the guest for KZSC‘s (UCSC‘s radio station) Artists on Art Radio show to talk about the upcoming wonderful events centered around the 25th Anniversary Open Studio Art Tours. This is the 7th Open Studios for Ann working with the CCSCC. The CCSCC is celebrating 31 years of existence. The Santa Cruz County residents and artists are the beneficiaries of this wonderful organization that Ann describes as a marketing program for artists.
The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County’s Open Studios Art Tour takes place the first three weekends in October. From the redwoods to the sea, thousands of art enthusiasts visit with artists in their studios to see the creative process at work.
We had a wonderful time talking about how the Open Studios began with the relatively new Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. This unique Art Tour has been running yearly since in 1986. It is a self-guided tour with 300 studios open throughout Santa Cruz County. Art Tour information is available through the 15-month Artist Guide/Calendar, a Preview Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League, and on their website (learn more about event details (PDF). The $20 museum-quality, 15-month Artist Guide/Calendar, available at more than 50 locations in Santa Cruz County, includes a map of Open Studios Locations and contact information for each artist. Calendar sales support production of the event, and benefit local arts and arts learning programs.
The beautiful commemorative poster was done by an artist who has been in every single Open Studios, Liz Lyons Freidman. The image depicts “Studios by the Sea,” and is an incredible work of art revealing some of the diversity and beauty of Santa Cruz County–two striking aspects visitors to Open Studios are sure to experience. The cover image hints at the “ultimate art adventure” in store for Open Studios Art Tour attendees.
This wonderful lino artist, Liz, will be signing and numbering Supporters Limited Edition posters Thursday, September 23rd from 5-7pm at the York Gallery at 2745 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz. For more information, please call 831-462-0313.
The details for the three weekends and location of the art tours are as follows:
SOUTH COUNTY October 2 & 3 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NORTH COUNTY October 9 & 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ENCORE STUDIOS October 16 & 17 10 am. to 5 p.m.
South County = South of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
North County = North of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
Encore Weekend = Encore Studios open in both North and South County.
There are several new events special for the 25th Anniversary tour along with some standards such as getting a sneek preview at the Santa Cruz Art League. One piece of original art by each of the Open Studios Artists will be on display. This takes place Saturday, September 25th; the display will continue Sunday the 26th to October 17th at 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. For more information please call: (831) 426-5787. The Santa Cruz Art League hours are: Wednesday 11-5, Thursday 11-7, Friday 11-5, Saturday & Sunday 10-5. Closed Monday & Tuesday. The public reception takes place Sunday, September 26th, 3-6 p.m.
The second event is happening for the first time at the brand new Corralitos Cultural Center/Corralitos Artists’ Collective . This exhibition will feature art from artists with studios in Freedom, Corralitos, La Selva Beach & Watsonville only. This event begins Saturday, September 25th and runs through Sunday, October 17th at 127 Hames Road, Corralitos. For more information please call: (831) 254-2669. The Corralitos Cultural Center house are: Friday 3-6, Saturday & Sunday 12-3. Closed Monday-Thursday. The public reception takes place on Saturday, September 25th, 3-6 p.m.
Here’s a little twitvid of Ann speaking minutes before our live show:
Local painter, sculpture, multi-media artist, Linda Levy, came into the KZSC radio studio to talk about the upcoming event, Ceram-A-Rama, 3 DAYS of CLAY at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center beginning Friday, September 17. This is an afternoon BBQ potluck dinner and special showing of the documentary, “Through the Valley of Fire. Saturday, the 18th, will be a ceramics workshop and demonstration by Tom Coleman from 10am until 4pm.
Then, Sunday the 19th, from 11am to 5 pm is what has traditionally been the event for Ceram-A-rama. The day is filled with fun for both professional ceramists and families, and laypeople such as myself that sadly only play with clay on this one day a year. There are hands on-clay contests, prizes, raku firing and a demonstration by Sylvia Rios.
This event has been happening been for 9 years, and is one of my favorite Art events. Traditionally, Ceram-A-Rama has been a one-day event occurring on Sundays. The first thing you will notice when you go is the mountain of clay just waiting for the public to grab a big hunk and make a bowl on the many available potter’s wheels and/or hand build an animal.
Which reminds me, wear clothes for play. Be ready get wet clay gooey. As Linda reminded during our show, clay does wash out. This event is free and open to the public. The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center is located at 9341 Mill Street, Ben Lomond, CA.
During the show we talked a little about Linda’s very interesting history. She’s a UCSC graduate of psycho-biology and chemistry and worked in the Aerospace Industry as a researcher for a long enough period to be able to retire. She told us that she always was doing art on the side and comes from a rich history of professional artists in her family. She explained how she has to be balanced with the amount of science and art she does. Luckily, working in digital media, there is quite a bit of science involved with programming. I hope to have her back on soon to just talk about her art practice. She’s the quintessential right/left brain person.
We did get to speak a little about her process painting and using digital arts (or computer aided technology). Sometimes, she begins with sketches that are transferred into the computer and other times she starts with the computer. In any case, she always begins with an abstract foundation to the painting that has to be right before she gets into the figurative elements. Linda does mostly figurative art pieces.
Linda is on the board of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz and the City Art Program. Linda served on the Board of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County for 8 years, 4 as Open Studios Chair, and has recently been appointed to the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.
Linda has been involved with the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center since its inception 14 years ago. All these years, the center has been providing a wide range of classes for all ages. We brought up another amazing woman artist, Brenda Berg, who teaches robotics and claymation for children. There are weekly live figure drawing classes, poetry, ukelele, you name it and the art center probably has done the class or will.
For more information, please call at center at 831-336-3613 or go to their website, MountainArtCenter.org.
Actor, ballroom dance, and marriage and family therapist (she’s easing out of it), Ali Eppy came to the KZSC studios to talk about her upcoming performance in Tandy Beal’s Production of the HereAfterHere. Ali began performing as a child and has continued through her adult. Having moved to Santa Cruz in 1991, Ali has been acting g in the Santa Cruz area for nearly a decade such as at the Mountain .
Most recently, Ali played the Bubbie in Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre reprisal of Susan Sandler’s ‘Crossing Delancey‘. This new production company will be doing to performances in the Spring 2011, February and April. Here is a recent article from the Sentinel about this theatrical event. Stay tuned for details.
We talked about her upcoming latest theatrical acting contribution The HereAfterHere, A Self Guided Trip Through Eternity that will be opening Friday, September 10, 2010 at 7:30pm with performances Saurday, Sept. 11th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 12th of Sept. matinee at 3:00pm at the new Cabrillo Crocker Theater.
There are events associated with this production. September 10: HereAfterHere Benefit tickets for Hospice of Santa Cruz County. September 11: Cultural Views of an Afterlife. Symposium with Lama Tharchin, Deacon Patrick Conway, Rabbi Paula Marcus, Nancy Abrams (author The View from the Center of the Universe) 3pm FREE
If you have any questions and/or need tickets, call 831-430-3082.
Here is a video, the White Dance, from the production.