Angela Gleason & Dawn Nakanishi


D-Nakanishi-Lotus-Ring-copy-781x1024Artists, activists and educators, Angela Gleason and Dawn Nakanishi and discuss their beautiful jewelry and small metals art on KZSC’s Artist on Art.

HaveB550We discussed how to get started making art at Cabrillo College, a 400 hundred year metal layering technique brought from Japan, and the general of benefits of knowing how to make things using metal as the medium.

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David Allen Sullivan


screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-12-07-24-pmSanta Cruz Local, Poet, Author, Educator, and Artist, David Allen Sullivan spoke on Artists on Art about his new book, Take Wingwinner of the 2016 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize,  and his collaborative translation and poetry project with young Chinese poets.

Take Wing is a beautiful intimate collection of poetry that speaks lyrically of the process of letting go.

David is doing a reading from the book, November 8th at  Well-RED at Works/San José, hosted by Poetry Center San JoséDoors open at 6:30pm and performance begins at 7:00pm.

David’s other books include: Strong-Armed Angels, Every Seed of the Pomegranate, a book of translation from the Arabic of Iraqi Adnan Al-Sayegh, Bombs Have Not Breakfasted Yet, and Black Ice.

David teaches writing at Cabrillo College, where he edits the Porter Gulch Review with his students. For more information please visit, David Allen Sullivan.

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Claire Thorson, artist and educator at Cabrillo College

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 4.25.33 PMVisual Artist and Educator, Claire Thorson came onto KZSC and Artists on Art to talk about her exhibition,”Desire and Inquiry: The Art of Claire Thorson” that is available for viewing on the Museo Eduardo Carrillo, one of the first on-line museums in the world.

When you enter the museum and go to the On-View Gallery page you will find two abstract paintings by Claire entitled “Rest” and “Last Touch”. Directly under the images is a wonderful essay by Tom Maderos. Underneath the essay, you will be able to see 16 more paintings and drawings.

Claire teaches, painting, design and life drawing at Cabrillo College as well as the Monterey Peninsula College.  Currently she is showing “Near and Far”, mixed media figures by Claire Thorson at Open Ground Studios, 1230 Fremont Blvd Seaside, CA through February 22. Gallery hours are  Tues & Thurs 1:00-5:00, Sat 12:00-4:00, or by appt.

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Collene Kollewe, Erin Price, Nahshon Marden, Bare Outlines Company

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 8.43.41 AMDancers and Choreographers Collene Kollewe, Erin Price and Nahshon Marden of the dance company, Bare Outlines came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art to talk about their upcoming dance event, the Faraway NearBy at Motion Pacific’s program, the Incubator Project.

Along with Collene, Erin and Nahshon, the Bare Outlines Dance Company also includes Callie Daniel, Molly Katzman, Sierrah Dietz and Chelsea Zamora. Faraway NearBy also features guest choreographers Molly Katzman & Sierrah Dietz and takes place January 17th, 18th and 19th 8:00pm at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz.

The show discusses the affectionate distances at which people desire things. It expresses the flowing and distant feelings which come from wanting something but not quite obtaining it. Exploring the pathways which our desires create and the moments that they mesmerize you.

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Poets David Sullivan & Adela Najarro

Poets, artists and educators, David Sullivan and Adela Najarro came into the KZSC studio on December 20, 2012, as guests on Artist on Art to talk about their art practice and read their poetry.

Screen shot 2012-12-27 at 2.24.22 PMThey both teach in the English department at Cabrillo College. David teaches English, Film and Screenwriting. Adela teaches as the English and is the Project Coordinator for the Puente Project, a program designed to support Latinidad in all its aspects while preparing community college students to transfer to four year colleges and universities.

David Allen Sullivan teaches English and Film at Cabrillo College. David recently wrote a book of poetry entitled, Every Seed of the Pomegranate,  published by Tebot Bach.  The poetry came out of David’s experience with his students who are returning US Vets from Iraq. It gives voice to US vets, citizens, and Iraqis.

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Adela Najarro writes poetry from  Her poetry appears in the University of Arizona Press anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and she has published poems in numerous journals, including Porter Gulch Review, Feminist Studies, Puerto del Sol, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry & Prose, Notre Dame Review, Blue Mesa Review, Crab Orchard Review, ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, Artful Dodge, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.

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Robin Aronson

Local director and educator, Robin Aronson, was the guest Artist on Art for the November 9, 2012 show to talk about the Cabrillo College Theater Arts production of Black Snow.

This large ensemble play was adapted in 1993 by Keith Reddin from the book, afictionalized memoir and satirical comedy, by Mikhail Bulgakov entitled, Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel (1967). Bulgakov was a Soviet writer and playwright working in both Soviet Bolshevik and Stalinist eras. Tragically, Bulgakov  was incredibly censored, banned, and panned by the critics. He was stymied in every way from producing of his plays. The only time he did have a play produced it only had seven performances and was in rehearsal for four years.

Robin Aronson has a PhD in Theater Studies and teaches and has taught at Cabrillo College for the last ten years. She started her career as a director here at Cabrillo many years before going off and getting her higher education in Arkansas and the University of Oregon for her doctorate.

Black Snow runs November 2-18 at the Cabrillo College Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets can be bought at the Cabrillo Visual and Performing Art Center events page.   For more information go to

Janet Silverglate Guest for 3/22/11

Local artist, dancer, performer, choreographer, educator curator and server, Janet Silverglate was the guest for Artists on Art March 22, 2011. It was a great pleasure to speak to her about her work.

Janet began her studies as an undergraduate in her hometown of Riverside. With a BA in History and Dance, she moved up to the Bay Area where she began dancing and performing professionally. Then, she went back to school and studied for a M.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography at Mills College. Concurrently she began food service in two of the best restaurants in Oakland Bay Wolf and Nadines. At the former, Janet noticed how much artwork can influence and positively affect a restaurant and dining experience.

She brought all her knowledge to Santa Cruz in the mid-90s. It was tough at first because there was not much modern dance outside of the higher education institutions. At that time, she began to study yoga and pilates and eventually teaching. She also began teaching at UCSC and performing and doing choreography at Cabrillo College.

We talked about Janet’s work curating the local Santa Cruz restaurant, Oswald. For the past two years, since the restaurant opened in its new location, Janet has been creating installations on a monthly basis. She uses the Santa Cruz Open Studios yearly (every October) art tour to find her artists. She looks for paintings that help the overall dining experience. The link will take you to the page that shows all the artists from last year.

The current artist on the walls is Michele Indiana Anderson and has been for March. The next artist Hilary Scardino will be up March 31st through May 5th. Stop in at 121 Soquel Avenue, at Front in downtown Santa Cruz, and peruse the beautiful paintings.

Please take a look at our the little video we took right before our live show.

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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.

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Nabil Ghachem on Artists on Art for 2/16/10

On February 16, 2010,  the guest for KZSC‘s Artists on Art was Nabil Ghachem,  who is a playwriter/producer/poet/actor/director/performer, basically the epitome of  the hyphenated theater artist.

We spoke of his show, “Of Mint, Olive Oil & Zaatar” that happened Saturday,  February 20, 2010, at the Cabrillo Black Box Theater. This is a Cabrillo College Theatre Arts presentation of the Third Annual Evening of World Theatre and Dance with Mosaic Theatre’s.

Ghachem grew up in a multi-ethnic family and received his theatrical training at the Brussels Theatre Academy.  After working in Brussels, France, Tunisia, Romania, New York, and San Francisco,  he founded Santa Cruz Mosaic Theatre which premiered “Cruz The East Theatre Festival” several years ago.

He is collaborating with Dancer Feliz “Jalilah” Guarino who has a background in ballet, tap, and gymnastics, and at a young age discovered her love for bellydancing.  Guarino has been a part of the local bellydance community for over ten years and performances throughout the Bay Area.

The drama begins when the lives of a poet and a gypsy dancer intersect at a train station.  Stories are shared, recipes are exchanged, borders are falling and the train is leaving the station.  A field guide to human emotions where identity is at the core, “Of Mint, Olive Oil & Zaatar” asks us to examine what constructs identity. “The show questions the meaning of rootedness and identity. Is it about the language one speaks? The books one reads? The passport one holds? The people and things we leave behind?” This is an invitation to redefine boundaries and cross cultural divides,” explains Ghachem.

Mosaic Theatre’s performance  lifts the veil on Arab poetry, showing diverse styles and themes by Arab and Arab-American poets recited in both English as well as Arabic and Farsi, accompanied by Middle-Eastern rhythms and dances. “A lot of people are not aware that Arab-American arts and culture exist in the U.S. with a large body of work in theatre, poetry, music and visual arts,” says Ghachem.

“Thanks to Cabrillo College ’s Evening of World Theatre and Dance, we can educate and raise awareness about other cultures.”

For tickets, please call  479-6331 or go to

Here’s a quick twitvid of Nabil in the KZSC Studio before the show:

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