Mikey Siegel & Beau Silver, inventors and visionaries

On February 12, 2014, Beau Silver & Mikey Siegel came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art to talk about their work at BioFluent Technologies inventing and building “Tools for Integrating the Body, Mind and Spirit.”

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  • We talked about their products; the Heartsynch, Hear Now, Nome.  Mikey is the main inventor and Beau works with the computer generated music properties. The inspiration behind these inventions are driven by questions such as:
    * What if the technology that surrounds us every day, in our pockets, on our walls, at our fingertips, could be used to help us learn about ourselves rather than perpetually distract us?
    * What if we could create technology that would help us in our own efforts to be more mindful, present, and accepting towards what is?

    To hear Mikey speak in-person about his work, he will be giving a TEDxSantaCruz talk on March 8, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox in downtown Santa Cruz.

    To hear our interview, click the play button below.

Rachael Cartwright – Guest for 5/10/11

Local artist, educator and owner of the Scotts Valley art studio, Drawn2Art, Rachael Cartwright was the guest for Artists on Art, May 10, 2011.

Rachael came on to the show to talk about and promote two events happening this May 14 and May 15 weekend, in Scotts Valley, to benefit the Bryan Stow Fund. All the money raised will be donated to this Fund for Bryan’s care who had been brutally beaten at a Dodgers/Giants Opening game in San Diego, March 31, 2011. Bryan has yet to regain consciousness. His family lives locally.

On Saturday, May 14 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., the Kings Village Shopping Center will be transformed into a kid inspired playland. There will be live performances, an obstacle course, a bouncy house, face painting, an Art Show and more for kids of all ages. American Medical Response (AMR) will be there with an ambulance and invites families to stop by and take an-up close look. Various vendors will set up booths with merchandise, jewelry, food, “For Stow” t-shirts and more. At 3PM a hosted live auction & raffle will take place with prizes from many local businesses and organizations.

On Sunday, May 15 the Scotts Valley Grand Prix Returns is being held at Canepa Design, located at 4900 Scotts Valley Drive, from 1:00-9:00 p.m. Mark Davis, CEO of  Syzygy Sports Group has put together a whole day of fun for the family. There will be bike races and Drawn2Art activities for the kids, a raffle, vendors, a food court, race announcers, DJ’s, a podium presentation stage and a children’s play area that will include a bouncy house, climbing wall and more.  Along with the supporting Bryan’s medical costs, this event was created to bring more women into mountain biking.

Bring the whole family for a community weekend full of fun activities, entertainment and for the opportunity to contribute to a very worthy cause for one of Scotts Valley’s own!

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Ann Rea Guest for March 29, 2011

Artist, CEO | Ann Rea, Inc. & Founder of the ArtistsWhoTHRIVE website was on KZSC 88.1 FM, 3/29/11 AT 8 pm. Ann is a San Francisco based painter and marketing expert. During the show, we talked her art and her upcoming workshop with CCSCC entitled “Art of Marketing.”
With the direct mentorship Ann received from contemporary painter Wayne Thiebaud (an American Art icon), she paints in the timeless tradition of French Impressionists like Monet, plein air (in the open air). Ann  founded Artists Who THRIVE with a mission to empower artists to thrive creatively and financially. By sharing her experience and insight she has guided a diverse number of artists from across the globe. Rea walks her talk. Her oil paintings, and her inspired business approach, have been featured on the “Fine Living” network, in “Fortune” magazine, and profiled in the book “Career Renegade.”

Ann will be teaching for Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County the “Art of Marketing” seminar at the Cabrillo College Visual Arts Lecture Hall in Aptos on Saturday, April 16, 2011 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. To register for this seminar, call (831-475-9600 x 16 or click here. Location: Visual Arts Lecture Hall #1001 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA. Cost: $25.

Ann will help you learn about come up with a unique value proposition to thrive in art business, Develop your unique value proposition, Define your market, Create an action plan for success, Learn a non-traditional approach to successfully marketing art and how you can generate sales even without a gallery, and Up to three students will be selected for a mini marketing makeover in class ($500 value).

Other upcoming Seminars  from Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County (go to www.ccscc.org for full description and location):

The Art of Fundraising
Thursday, March 30, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Arts of Marketing
Saturday, April 16, 2011- 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Grants Writing Essentials, Part I: The Art of Story-Telling
Friday, May 27, 2011- 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Grant Writing Essentials, Part II: The Art of Budgeting
Friday, May 27, 2011 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm.

Ways to Register: Call (831) 475-9600 x 16 to pay by credit card. Stop by the CCSCC office to make a payment by cash, check or credit card. Visit our website to register online.

Below is one of the many paintings that you will be able to see of Ann’s work at her website, AnnRea.com.

Swept Vines” Original Oil Vineyard Painting (0447) Framed 16″ x 20″ Study


The wind and the afternoon light swept across this block of Pinot grape vines.” Ann Rea

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Christine Silver

Local Santa Cruz Actress, Christine Silver came onto the KZSC Artists on Art show to talk about the upcoming fundraiser theatrical event, Vagina Monologues.

This is a local community production of the Oboe Award winning play is directed by Glenys Davidson for her fourth production in a row. Come out and see your friends and family shine as vagina superstars. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center and 10% will be donated to the women and children of Haiti.

Saturday, February 12 at 8:00-10:00pm at the Rio Theater.

For tickets and information: Call 831-425-4480
General TIckets are $20, Senior/Student Tickets are $15 with I.D.

General Admission tickets ($20) are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz (after 1/23/11).

At the very end of our show, Christine mentioned her other theatrical event happening with the Fun Institute, Santa Cruz Improv group: SPOTLIFE SHOWING- FEB. 26, 2011. An afternoon of 10-Minute Solo Performances at the Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. For Reservations call 831-427-4008.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, please click on the triangle below. Christine does a wonderful monologue from the play, “Because He Liked to Look at It.”

MarNae Taylor Guest for December 7, 2010

Local artist, actress, director and educator, MarNae Taylor was the guest for the radio show, Artists on Art.  It was wonderful to speak with MarNae having watched her magic for years both as an audience member as well as a parent of children under her tutelage. She has been a force in our community both as an actress and an acting teacher for middle and high schoolers at Georgianna Bruce Kirby since moving to Santa Cruz ten years ago.

We talked about her work and art practice since graduating as theater and music major at Utah State University. Over the years, MarNae has played leads in such varied productions of All’s Well that Ends Well, Oliver and How I Learned to Drive. She has received several best actress awards.  Currently, she is active in local improvisation and community theater groups such as the Jewel Theater.

We spoke of her most current project, the upcoming production John Lennon and Me. This play is directed by MarNae and acted by Georgianna Bruce Kirby students.  This is a very timely play considering the tragic passing of John Lennon on December 8, 1980.

The play deals with the difficult themes of childhood rare diseases and how kids cope.  The actors from GBK do a great job delivering emotional performances that pull the heart stings.  Be sure to bring your tissues!

The performances are:
Thursday, Dec. 9- 7:00 P.M.
Friday, Dec. 10- 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, Dec. 11- 1:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
and Sunday, Dec. 12- 1:00 P.M. All performances are at Harbor High School (300 LaFonda Avenue).

Following the Saturday night and Sunday matinee performances, a forum will be led by Victoria Rue, who has extensive experience working with hospices and is a very accomplished teacher, counselor and Priest.

The  picture below shows, left to right, Emily Olsen as Star Grubner, Craig Petrocelli II as Dr Scott Rhodes and Brianna James-Beckham playing Sally Kasem.

This play will benefit the California Association for Rare Diseases. If you would like to make a donation, contact MarNae Taylor at mtaylor@kirby.org. Tickets are on sale now in the Kirby lobby and will also be available at the theater door. To reserve tickets online click here. For more information, call (831) 423-0658. You can also find this event listed on facebook.

The next production for MarNae will be the GBK musical, the “Putman County Spelling Bee” in March of 2011.

Along with her work with young people, MarNae is also participating in the local yearly tradition, 8 Tens at 8 at the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theater at 1001 Center Street.  This is the 16th production of this unique and interesting short play festival and extravaganza.   MarNae is directing on of the comedic original plays, “Light, Button, Drawer, Repeat” and is acting in “White Fish.”  Opening night is January 7th, 2011 running four weekends in a row at 8pm.  For more information please visit the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theater.

While I have your attention…another GBK event is the upcoming concert: Songs For A Winter’s Eve happening Monday December 13 at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street here in lovely Santa Cruz.

Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of exceptional music. The Winter Concert features the talents of individual students as well as ensembles including the Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Treble Choir, and Chorus. A pre-concert reception at 6:30 pm includes finger foods and drinks with carol singing from the 2010 Chamber Choir and Choir Alumni. Admission is free. For a flyer click here.

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Maya Delano Guest for November 2

Local ceramic artist and painter Maya Delano was on Artists on Art show to talk about her art, process and her exhibition, DREAM HOUSE-Subconscious Musings In Acrylic and Clay  beginning  Friday November 5, and running through Dec.1, 2010 at the Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios at 118 Coral Street, Santa Cruz, CA. The Artist Reception is  Friday the 5th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  This space is 1 minute walk from the Tannery Art Center. For more information call: (831) 425-7277.  This is an event in association with the November Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour.

Maya makes art from the subconscious, accessing unique images and ideas from her collage and storyboards. The “Dream House” series is constantly evolving and includes images of kitschy RVs, hot air balloons lost in space, pink helicopters and flying corkscrews.

Here is a sample of work you’ll get to see:

Here’s a twitvid that we took just before the show.

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Serena Di Pinto Guest for Sept. 28, 2010

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.

Here’s a quick TwitVid we did before the show.

Stephen L Bigger guest for August 17, 2010

On August 12010 for Artists on Art, I had the pleasure of interviewing composer, producer, music educator, writer, producer, choral director, and art activist, Stephen L Bigger.  He also brought along a few guest singers a for live performance in the UCSC KZSC radio station.

He is a third generation choral director and educator  who has produced over 300 songs per year while working in Nashville, Tennessee. He has a wide range of musical interests from pop, rock, folk, gospel singing and world choral music. A full list of all his work can be found at his music publishing and production company, Rock Arbor Music.  He formed this company in 1981.

Stephen L Bigger is organizing a brand spanking new choir is happening in town and it’s called the Santa Cruz World Choir & Orchestra. He is motivated to take on this huge endeavor, getting a choir and orchestra together when the economy is tough and toughest on the arts, because of the decline of music education in our public schools. The SCWCO’s repertoire includes a wide range of music from around the world, from traditional to modern, ranging from Gregorian to Gaelic to Gospel.

Stephen has plans to build the choir to 60 voices. An ensemble of initially 12 to 20 musicians will accompany the choir for performances. Music teachers or skilled performers on traditional instruments such as strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, and instruments from around the world will work alongside students. The orchestra will eventually grow to full symphonic instrumentation. “My vision is to be part of a thriving community of collaborative performance ensembles that provide the opportunity for people to create wonderful music with others and to enrich the lives of audiences,” said Bigger.

To build this choir there will be a series of informational open houses for interested singers and musicians to meet Bigger and members of the choir, learn about the repertoire, rehearsal and performance schedule, and view videos of Stephen’s past choral groups and music projects. The open houses will be held on sequential Tuesdays, August 24 & 31 and September 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Soquel Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel.  For more information go to Santa Cruz World Choir or call 831-521-3470.

Here’s a little Twitvid taken right before the show:

Half way through the show, Vanessa Yearsly (soprano), Grace Crandall (alto), Judd DiSalvo (tenor) and Jacob NIchols (bass) sang a live performance of a Mongolian “happy that we’re together” song entitled Dorven Dalai. Since moving to Santa Cruz and between 2008-2010, Stephen was Choral Director and Theater Technical Director at Aptos High School.  This is how this group of singers got together and are going to continue singing together in the new Santa Cruz World Choir and Orchestra.

We also talked about Stephen’s involvement with the choral singing that took place for President Obama’s inauguration. This is a video of this event, “Shake this World”:

Below is the full recording of our live broadcast.

Camille Krilanovich Guest Artist for 8/10/10

This week’s guest for Artists on Art was local, (an impressive five generations back Santa Cruzian) multi-media artist, Camille Krilanovich.  She’s the owner of Chimera Tattoo Studio, the only woman-owned tattoo studio in Santa Cruz. Along with being a tattoo artist, Camille is a painter and sculpture artist.  This combination of media allows her to work both alone and collaboratively. We had a lot to talk about in only 25 minutes.  Luckily, we’re both fast talkers.

Camille  has a fine arts background (graduate of San Francisco Art Academy) and continues studying painting and sculture. Her media is oil, acrylic, resin,  on  canvas and ink on live flesh. A lot of her paintings are women nudes. She does skin fine!

I met Camille at the opening of her art show, on August 6th, at her studio, the Chimera Tattoo Studio, on the Westside at Faire Street and Ingalls Street. Her opening was a lot of fun with live music, libations and great art.

Her paintings are impressive of varying sizes (some large, some small), very vibrant color and full of emotion. She uses different techniques playing with digital negatives and special finishes that create uniqueness and a feeling of modernity.

Some of the paintings, both in content and form, beg to be touched, with permission, of course.

The opening featured Camille’s latest work called the “Ophelia” Series.  We talked about the psychology of Ophelia, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, that involves her unrequited love and lack of familial support that leads to insanity and suicide.  This was the place of imagination, for Camille, that gave her the space to create art objects that evoke feelings of craziness and love of oneself and nature.

The figures in the paintings are set outdoors. Ophelia is wise and beguiling, a mysterious contradiction. She has got a glint in the eye that is tempting, a little frightening and yet hopeful.

Camille lives her art, literally.  She’s at the Tannery Arts Center, the local affordable live/work space and artist community here in  Santa Cruz.  It’s pretty unique residency situation here in the United States where artists are given affordable housing and a place to work that supports the different Arts. We talked about her ability to have live drawing sessions with her neighbors  and paint in her home that has full length windows facing the San Lorenzo River next to a Redwood Forest.

As a tattoo body artist, Camille’s uses ink on live moving skin. She works on each piece in collaboration with the person that is going to be wearing that tattoo for the rest of their lives.  She spends a lot of time with her clients.  The process of piercing the skin that is painful, yet not too painful, opens a space for intimacy and can lead to a lifetime connection.  She may never see the art again, this art that was co-created by the person walking out the door.

With her paintings, she is alone in her studio imagining figures in a stream in a forest.  She likes working both ways.

At the bottom of this post is the entire capture of our interview for your listening pleasure. You can hear Camille talk about their upcoming party, on September 18 from 3pm-9pm,  for the year anniversary of the opening of Chimera Tattoo Studio. If it’s anything like the last party, this will surely be a great party with live music and all kinds of fun. You won’t want to miss it.

Her paintings will be on display until the end of September.  The Chimera Tattoo Studio is open everyday except Sundays from 12pm-8pm. She has associates in the space that do other body art such as piercings and henna. Way Body Arts is the piercing aspect of their business, owned by Samantha Robles and Mateo Mitchell.

Right below is a “twitvid” of Camille in her Chimera Tattoo Studio right before we went up on campus to do the radio show.

Pam MacKinnon Guest for August 3, 2010

Pam at the 'The Four of Us' Opening Night Part

Guest artist, New York-based, 2010 Obie Award winning and recent Lortel nominanee, director, Pam MacKinnon was on the Artists on Art show for August 3, 2010. She has directed many plays, mostly contemporary. At the end of this year, Ms MacKinnon will be directing Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the Steppenwolf Theater.  She is a Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab alumna and an Affiliated Artist with the New York downtown company, Clubbed Thumb.

Pam came up to the KZSC studio to discuss directing the upcoming Shakespeare Santa Cruz theatrical production of Othello. Opening night was Tuesday, August 3 running through August 29, 2010.  This is third play to open for this Santa Cruz Shakespeare season. This is Pam’s first full Shakespeare production.

Pam brings a very different approach to Othello from the contemporary feel of the play, downplaying the jealousy and amplifying Desdemona while staying true to Shakespeare’s intent.  We discussed how Othello is similar to contemporary theater plays through the simple use of language as compared to the nuanced poetic language of his other works.  Also, there is a lot of two characters talking. When a third character enters the scene, someone leaves.

We discussed the themes of jealousy and love built on fantasy.  She explained that jealousy is an internal feeling and not the action of the play.  As a director, she helped show how that is expressed through the acting.  She spoke of her take on the play being about infection. Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello’s belief in Desdemona’s fidelity.  The action for Othello is the spread of the infection the results in the worst of actions, murder.  Iago was able to do this successfully because Othello and Desdemona’s marriage was brand-spanking new and based on romantic fantastical notions.  Othello says that he fell in love with Desdemona when she cried at hearing his tales of battle. They didn’t get the time to solidify their marriage.

Lastly, we discussed the “boys behaving badly” theme of Othello. I think it is wonderful that a woman directs this play and gives a different take. For example, Pam reinforces Desdemona’s agency and downplaying her victimization. This is certainly a unique and valuable perspective brought to a play that has too often been played with a softening Desdemona’s role.

Below are pictures from the play.  The last picture is Pam directing.

My favorite quote from the play, Emilia tells Desdemona:
‘Tis not a year or two shows us a man;
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
They eat us hungerly, and when they are full
They belch us.”

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