Artists, Margaret Niven & Geoffrey Nelson came onto Artist on Art to talk about their work and the upcoming Tannery Arts Lecture Series,  “Erotic Lounge: Explorations in Sensuality*.” The lecture series is produced by Margaret. The evening of performance and visual art is produced by Geoffrey with inspirations from similar aesthetics found at Burning Man and Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1897 through 1917.
“Erotic Lounge: Explorations in Sensuality*” takes place, Thursday, March 21st at 7:00pm at the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art at the Tannery Arts Center  @ 1050 River St # 127, Santa Cruz. Fun and naughty shopping begins at 6:00 at the SCICA’s Enter Through the Gift Shop. $3-$5 donation requested at the door & free parking available.
*adult content*

To hear our Artist on Art broadcast in entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”Margaret Niven & Geoffrey Nelson” graphical=”true”]

Screen shot 2013-03-12 at 8.33.07 PMArtist and arts-educator Margaret Niven lives and paints in her loft at the Tannery Arts Center. Since graduating with her MFA from UC Berkeley she has taught art making.  She currently teaches at Monterey Peninsula College and (along with a small group of fellow volunteers) produces the Tannery Arts Lecture Series, a monthly program of lectures, panel discussions and performances. Her current work explores contrasts in the environment and their metaphorical implications. The sources for the imagery in her recent work are NASA satellite photographs of volcanoes, glaciers and rivers. Margaret abstracts these images in layers of oil paint and in photo based mixed media prints..
Geoffrey Nelson has been shooting professionally ever since his days as a photographer for The Dailey Californian during his university career at Berkeley. Since then he has worked for national magazines and for the last twenty years he has concentrated on studio and location work with an emphasis on fine lighting.he has burned up a whole lot of pixels in his career but still gets excited when he picks up a canera or sits in front of a blank screen. Geoffrey lives and works at the Tannery Arts center.
The Tannery Arts Lecture Series features visual, performing and literary artists from the Tannery Arts center, along with regional artists and other professionals.  These artists, historians, scientists, and environmentalists share their histories, influences, techniques, and work.  Lectures in this series incorporate salon-style discussions for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

The Tannery Arts Center is an 8.2 acre comprehensive arts campus with 100 live work lofts, 25,000 sq. feet of working studios, and the future home of the Performing Arts Center.  The Tannery is dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible, and permanent home for the arts for all of Santa Cruz County to use and enjoy.


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