Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz

Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz an artists’ residency and exhibition program, , came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art, to talk about the Slovak artists that are invading Santa Cruz and the many events happening.

The Slovak Artist will be here and the residency takes place from July 3-20. Two main events are in place – an art exhibition at Apricity gallery in Tannery Arts Center and Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. We are also doing music workshops for kids at SC public library and Camp Tannery Arts.

There was a promo event at the ArtBar at the Tannery on July 5th at 4pm.

The grand Opening Reception at the Apricity Gallery is Friday July 18, 5pm – 9pp at the Tannery Arts Center, 1060 River Street, Studio #104, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Opening hours are 12-6pm during July 20, July 24-27, July 31, August 2-3 & 12-9pm on August 1st.

Two of the Artists, Zuzana Zabkova & Fero Kiraly, are also participating in the Fringe Festival. The Kick-off event is Thursday July 10 from 6:30-7pm.

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Tony DeVarco

On November 29, 21012, Cincinnati native and local Santa Cruzian, visual artist and thinker, Tony DeVarco came into the KZSC studio to talk on Artist on Art about his work,  recent exhibitions, and book projects.

wotTony’s exhibition at the Marta Hewitt Gallery in the Pendleton Art Center is Way of Time; Recent Digital Photomontage,  ended recently. The exhibition consisted of very large poetic prints, some of which were taken from a book he co-created with his wife, Bonnie DeVarco, Way of Time: Spinning the Threads of Kairos & Chronos. He spoke extensively of his creative process to create the images by taking multitudes of photographic images, which he later juxtaposes in singular, multidimensional compositions that allow a simultaneous experience of the intimate and the infinite.

Tony talked about his artistic beginnings as a sculptor and set designer for performance artists as well as being the former Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Like Fuller, Tony pursues interests in many fields, functioning as a committed visual artist, as well as a specialist in high performance cloud computing and geo-visualization.

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Ruth Rabinowitz


On April 30, 2012, local UCSC alum, photographer, educator and Walnut Avenue Women’s Center Kid’s Club Program Coordinator, Ruth Rabinowitz came on to Artist on Art to talk about the current exhibition, Kid’s Club Express Yourself Art Show.

All the work was created by children that are in the Kid’s Club. This is an enriching childcare environment where 0-11 year old children participate in self-expressive art projects while their parent/guardian attends support groups and one-on-one peer counseling appointments at the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center.

Express Yourself Show went up on April 27 and will continue being shown thorough the end of May. The reception for this event is Saturday, May 12 from 3-5pm at the  Santa Cruz Art League.

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The Center is always looking for volunteers. If you want to become a Child Advocate, the next Training is May 19 and 20 Sat/Sun half days 12-4pm. Please contact Denise Gonsalves, volunteer coordinator at 831-426-3062.  You can also help the center with donations that are accepted at the front desk Monday & Tuesday 10-4pm, at 303 Walnut Ave. The Walnut art supplies toys, dramatic play clothing (capes, hats, purses, dresses, glasses, baskets, aprons, soothing music, cash, gift certificates, healthy food fruits/vegetables.

For more information on Kid’s Club.

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Denise Vivar

On February 13, 2012, local sculptor, writer, producer, speaker and feng shui artist, Denise Vivar came into the KZSC radio studio to talk about her life’s work and upcoming workshops.

Denise is an artist who applies her creative talents to her public relations practice. For 20 years she has collaborated with Santa Cruz county business owners to bring their genius to bear through her service. She credits her succes to a unique combination of laser-focused business strategy with the ancient energetic art of feng shui. The fusion of which she finds dynamic and deeply rewarding, fostering a conscious evolution of excellence in all aspects of her clients’ craft.

Denise’s current venture is an innovative workshop designed to help single women break through the blocks to meeting and attracting a partner using the power of feng shui. The workshop is called ‘The Power of Radiance Feng Shui’ – a fun and inspiring workshop designed to get your mojo on and help you manifest your dreams.

She will be leading workshops starting February 13 and throughout the spring. Registration is open and everyone 18 years and older is welcome.

In between consultations and speaking, Denise’s other projects include building a cello and being a lifestyle pioneer for life as art.

Connect with Denise through Google+, LinkedIn, or davivar@gmail.com.
For more information, here’s the Power of Radiance Facebook page here.

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Amanda Payne and Evie Carter

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Amanda Payne and Evie Carter came into the station to talk about the upcoming exhibition, “Meeting of the Minds!” at the Felix Kulpa Gallery. The opening is January 6, 2012 at 7pm.

There are four artists that will be showing their work: Derek Pratt, Nick Vargas, Ron Hendricks, Hudge and Amanda Payne.  All the artists are involved and/or tattoo artists at the local F U Tattoo at 1355 Capitola Road in Santa Cruz.

Along with the great paintings and drawings, there will be a guest DJ, Rock and Roll Vato.

We talked about how the idea of the exhibition came to be with the Felix Kulpa Gallery over a year ago and how each artist was contributing.  Evie Carter is a publicist at Carter Inked Publicity and PR and huge fan of F U Tattoo.

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Shelby Graham

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Local artist, photographer, curator and the Director of the Mary Porter Sesnon, Shelby Graham came into KZSC to talk about her work and current installation Xiaoze Xie: Resistant Archeology.

This solo artist show features, Xiaoze Xie, who was born in China in 1966 at the start of the Cultural Revolution and is currently the Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor in Art at Stanford University.

The exhibition has stunning new larger-than-life paintings, prints and provocative video installations, showcasing Xiaoze Xie’s use of books and newspapers to symbolize the fragile nature of compressed history and memory. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, several distinguished private collections and are currently featured in a traveling exhibition from Bucknell University “Xiaoze Xie: Amplified Moments (1993–2008).”

Shelby and I talked about how one goes about curating and in this case choosing the works while visiting the artist in his studio. Coincidentally, his studio happens to be the same size as the Sesnon. This made it a little easier for Shelby to visualize the pieces, some of them are vey big, in the relatively small space of the gallery. We also talked about Professor Xie’s videos and his requisite for the building of the wall of books on which one of the video would be projected. The wall they built took over 1000 books donated by Logos and Goodwill Industries. Later in January, the Sesnon will have an event for the public to make and repurpose new things out of the old books. In December, the video will be shown in a storefront in downtown Santa Cruz after the show is over.

The opening reception and art talk was captured and published on the Sesnon Flicker.

If you are in the Monterey Bay area, don’t miss this show that ends November 23, 2011.
Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 12–5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
For more information, call 831-459-3606.

Joyce Brodsky, Professor Emeritas-Arts Division, is writing a book on Transnational Artists including Prof. Xie. It was a natural to come together for Shelby and Joyce to co-create this show. On Saturday, November 12, Joyce & Shelby spoke about co-curating the show, and the work and artist, Xaoze Xie.

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Bill Raney

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For the October 24, 2011, Artist on Art show, I had the great pleasure to speak with long-time local author, musician, and Nickelodeon Theater Founder, Bill Raney about his art and newly released paperback edition of his memoir, Letters to Zerky: A Father’s Legacy to a Lost Son.. . and a Road Trip Around the World.  

Letters to Zerky is a touching story that is as captivating as it is heart-felt. During our interview, we talked about how Bill was moved to write the story both as an homage to his son as well as the rediscovered letters written during a  journey around the world nearly 50 years ago.

The book begins with Bill’s beatnik years in San Francisco, describes coming to Santa Cruz to start the Nickelodeon in 1968, and an amazing trip hrough Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, and a few countries that no longer exist with his first wife and son.

Zerky & Friends at Kaziranga, Assam

The book appeals to a wide audience, including those interested in travel, Middle Eastern history and simply a well-written story of adventure. It is a lovely tribute to a little boy who crossed cultural divides to bring people together. ‘Zerky was the common denominator that brought us together with the peoples and cultures of the world during this thirteen-month-long adventure between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,’ Bill writes. The beautiful young boy was their passport to the world.

Photo taken by Dan Coryo for the SC Sentinel

Santa Cruz is a better place because of Bill Raney for many reasons. Recently, he created a memorial, Zerky’s Park at the entrance of   Santa Cruz High School’s Memorial Field where a newly planted coastal redwood stands sentry next to two park benches. It has been  over 40 years since the tragic accident that took the young Erik Xerxes Raney.  When asked why Bill chose the place of accident to memorialize Zerky’s life, he replied, “when there’s an accident, there’s a natural human tendency to want to memorialize the last place on Earth where the person was. I don’t want his memory to die. A memorial is the closest you can get to immortality in the minds of living people.”

At the end of the interview, you can hear Bill singing along to the Zerky’s Waltz. You can also hear Bill’s guitar music.

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