Eli Weinberg

Dancer, Educator, and Theatrical Artist, Eli Weinberg, spoke on Artist on Art about his first full-length theatrical experience, This Land is My Land, running November 16-18, 2012 at Motion at the Mill. The piece is an investigation of different perspectives of those that inhabit Santa Cruz through time utilizing dance, theater, film, live music and stage design.

The cast of characters include: Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, New England Framer, Italian Fishermen, Chinese merchants, Spanish Missionaries, Ohlone Indians and Elephant Seals.

The show runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 16, 17 & 18 at Motion at the Mill, 131 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA. All performances are at 8pm.

This Land is My Land is supported by a generous grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Dance.

Ray Gwyn Smith

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Local painter, multi-media artist, Ray Gwyn Smith came into KZSC for Artist on Art on September 19, 2011 to talk with me, Nada Miljkovic, about her upcoming participation in this year’s Open Studio Art Tour, where artists across the Santa Cruz County open up their studios and homes to the public.

I found this quote on the Ray’s website that I think wonderfully encapulates her paintings, particularly the one to the left.

“My work comes through my life, and I live my life engaged with nature with a reverence instinctive as breath. Balanced on the edge of knowing and not knowing. And so I would have my painting, color — a visual chord, a gesture of movement, prayer to the passing moment. This particular fall of light, a homage to enchantment, a freeing — excantare.

That last word means to charm out, bring forth by incantation. It’s the perfect word for the painting and Ray’s approach to painting. Ray explained how she found this word during our interview.

Prior to coming to Santa Cruz County and During the period between 1967-1971, Ray lived in Los Angeles, painted professionally and exhibited in numerous galleries. Solo large scale works included in various juried shows such as The Younger Artist Exhibit, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, several shows on La Cienega Boulevard, including one woman show at The Molly Barnes Gallery 1969. She organized and taught art in independent and public workshops. Took a year off to travel and paint in 1971 to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, England, India, and Nepal, before Moving back to Santa Cruz, CA and eventually settling in Bonny Doon, CA, and establishing her current art studio on the edge of Wilder State Park.

Ray has partaken and will be partaking in this year’s Open Studio, the art tour put on every year by our CCSCC.

The tour dates are:
October 1st & 2nd for the North County which is north of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor,
October 8th & 9th for the South County which is south of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and October 15th & 16th which is the Encore weekend for those artists that want to do it in both North & South County. The New Studios Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out where all the artists will be showing, purchase an art tour guide and calendar at many participating stores and outlets across the County.

Ray will be participating in the first weekend only.


To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the grey ‘play’ button below:
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Micah Ofstedahl

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Micah Ofstedahl is a local multi-media artist that is currently painting and drawing surreal images of the microscopic on a macroscopic level. I had the pleasure of seeing his work a few months ago at the Windmill Cafe. His images are unforgettable.

Micah will be participating in this year’s 26th Annual Open Studios Art Tour put on by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County for the second time.  You will be able to see Micah’s work along with three other artists in a studio on Graham Hill Road.

The tour dates are:
October 1st & 2nd  for the  North County  which is north of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, October 8th & 9th for the South County which is south of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and October 15th & 16th which is the Encore weekend for those artists that want to do it in both North & South County. The New Studios Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out where all the artists will be showing, purchase an art tour guide and calendar at many participating stores and outlets across the County. 

To hear our show in its entirety, please click on the play button below.
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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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Lynn Guenther – Guest for 11/23/10

On November 23rd, I had the pleasure of interviewing local artist, Lynn Guenther.  Over the years, I was familiar with Lynn’s work as art educator and advocate. This year, I made it to Lynn’s Open Studios and was introduced to her amazing talents as jewelry maker, painter, journal artist, designer, and metalworker.

I first met Lynn  as teacher of SPECTRA classes and after-school art programs at  Bay View Elementary. During our interview, I found out that she serves our broader Santa Cruz community as well. She is active in supporting art in the local public schools with vigorous fundraising, as well as organizing special art events such as the River Arts Festival and, with Sandra Cherk,  Bay View Elementary’s, Fiesta de las Artes. This is one of my favorite hands-on art events in the area, along with Ceram-A-rama.

Lynn also teaches ecology to our young people through art. Her “Art and Nature Classes” have been successfully acquainting young people with their local environment and teaching them inspirational techniques for illustrating and writing about “their place”.

This past Open Studio Art Tour, I met Lynn in her element, her home and studio.  It was a pleasure to see the place of process and inspiration for this amazing artist.  Her jewelry is greatly inspired by an apprenticeship with Native American artists, Little Patty and Michael Kioboti, and learned hand-fabricated techniques such as metal etching, stamping, and silver overlay, along with the expressive traditions of tribal culture. She creates contemporary wearable artworks with ancient meanings, timeless designs meant to build a bridge across world cultures.

Lynn also composes illustration journals filled with hand drawings and watercolor. Her formal educational background is in Illustration and Design (BFA from Michigan SU) .  During her Open Studio, I spoke with Lynn’s partner Luis who explained her process of quickly recording real-time events in her journals. Then later when she has time, she goes back over the sketches painting washes. I enjoyed learning about the Lynn’s artistic practice mediated by her partner.

Lynn will be selling her wearable art for three consecutive weekends at various holiday faires.  She began at the Fort Mason (SF) Celebration of Craftswomen Saturday and Sunday November 27 & 28th, 2010 at the Herbst Pavillion. The following weekend will be the Art in the Cellars at the Bargetto Winery at Main Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 4 & 5 from 10-5pm. Lastly, Lynn will be at KPFA Community Craft’s Artwork at the Concourse in  San Francisco happening December 11 & 12th from 10 to 6pm.

Here are just a few of her beautiful wearable art.  You can see more of her work on her website: LynnGuenther.com

She can be contacted via E-mail or phone:  831.425.0574

Below is a twitvid we took right before we went live for our radio show.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, you can hear the whole show by clicking on the play icon below.

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.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, you can hear the whole show by clicking on the play icon below.

Sandra Cherk Guest for October 26, 2010

Local painter, artist, educator, Sandy Cherk came onto the Artists on Art show to talk about her upcoming installation in the new Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County exhibition at Santa Cruz County Government Center.

The Exhibit & First Friday Art Tour Reception is at the Santa Cruz County Government Center, located at 701 Ocean St and runs October 25th through December 22nd. (open during business hours)

Come see Sandy’s  paintings, and other artwork by:
Pat Dellum- art glass
Craig Cheatham- photography
Aaron Johnson- wood prints and oil paintings
Mark Gottlieb- photography
The reception for the First Friday Art Tour, November 5th, 5-8pm on the 1st & 5th Floors.

This is her painting from Arana Gulch.
We started the show by talking with the education work Sandy has been doing in our Santa Cruz community, particularly Bay View Elementary, for 10 years since her younger daughter was in first grade.  Sandy has been a tremendous asset for the school and helped create the Bay View Fiesta de las Artes which usually happens the third week of April. For more information, go to the Eddy ( online guide Santa Cruz City School news and events) for early April.
Sandy has a blog, Musings of Sandra Cherk.
Her website is sandracherk.com.
We talked about this painting her ability to convey the heat of the day through the medium of pastel water color crayon/chalk.
This year was Sandy’s 14th Open Studio. One the aspects that I love about Open Studio is ability for us regular folks to go into artist friends and neighbor’s houses and see how they work, their art practice.  Sandy is exemplar in this practice by showing us the process by which she creates her paintings while creating the space for visitors to touch and feel the pastel chalks she uses.  She wrote a blog that shows this process.
Here’s more examples of her beautiful work:

Path Through Olives – On a pleasant morning walk to the next village.

The photograph below is a picture of Sandy and her family’s village in Greece.
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Stephen Hosmer Guest on Artist on Art for 6/15/10

Santa Cruz local artist, Steve Hosmer, was the guest for the the June 15th live broadcast of UCSC’s KZSC’s Artists on Art show to talk about the art of signs and posters design.

Are signs propaganda?

It was great talking to him because as a member of NextSpace I am surrounded by his bold artwork every working day.

The following pictures of his work were taken at NextSpace.

During the show, we spoke of how Steve got into this art form. His career in art and sign making began when he was working as a waiter at the Chart House in Los Gatos and the owner asked that he make a parking sign.  He did and the owner loved it.  

Hence began  a new career in Pleasure Point where he was already making stained glass windows.

In 1984 his neighbor, Harry Stokes, retired and Steve took over the business, Stokes Signs at the Sash Mill where business still resides.  Through hard work and a lot of lessons learned, since then, Steve has built a successful and prolific business.  His signs are all over Santa Cruz.

Five years ago, Steve began making poster art as a way to continue revenue on his work.  Signs generally are a one time fee and payment.

To date, he has created over 40 local paintings, including Elkhorn Slough, the Boardwalk’s ferris wheel, the Santa Cruz wharf and Bonny Doon, to name just a few. He credits two German artists as his inspiration — Ludwig Hohlwein and Lucien Bernhard.

For more information about about Steve Hosmer’s work and Stokes Signs, please go to  stokessigns.com.

If  you want to see his studio and witness  the process, you’re in luck.  Steve partakes in Open Studios.  This year the event will take place the first three weekends in October.  This year is particularly special because it is the will be the 25th  year of Open Studios put on by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa61510.mp3].

The following is a twitvid we took before the show:

More art by guest, Steve Hosmer.

Hike California is a series  of posters being designed for
The State of California Santa Cruz.

Photo Credits:  Seabright lighthouse , Both  and Westside rainbow from Seabright Beach

My daughter, Justine, is the model on the bike for this years and last years  logo for the Tour of California.

Ann Thiermann on Artist on Art 10/13/09

Picture 4The show for Oct. 13 was an interesting and exciting night due to an incredible tropical storm that dumped tremendous amounts of rain.  Also, the Emergency Broadcast System’s interrupted the show at the very beginning.  Frankly, I didn’t know what to do.  We were having flash floods here in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

We talked about Ann’s upcoming show ” Visual Conversations with Women in the Arts” that happened October 18- December 4, 2009 with the opening reception Sunday, October 25, 2-4pm at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at Cowell College.

Ann in the KZSC studio.

3/11/10 Update: In case you missed the exhibit last year, 2009, luckily, you get another opportunity.

Ann’s show is continuing with the PVAC (Pajaro Valley Arts Council)  at the Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery, March 11 – May 2nd.  Here’s the link for more information, Pajaro Valley Gallery.  The Opening Reception is March 21st from 3-5pm.

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Ann has painted portraits of local Santa Cruz women artists since 2005. The conversation began with a portrait of Ann Dizikes that was set next to her weaving.

She continued doing portraits the evolved to include the following women artists: Jody Alexander – book binder, Linda Arnold and Ariel Thiermann – singer/folk musicians, Tandy Beal – dancer/choreographer,  Martha Cassanave – photographer, Ann Dizikes – weaver, Susan Else: textile sculptor, Jane Gregorius: printmaker, Christianna Hunnicutt – clay sculptor, Rebecca Jackson – violinist, Marilyn Kuksht – metal sculptor, Njeri McGilliaddy – ceramicist, Margaret More – lace maker, Shelley Phillips – folk musician, Rose Sellery – sculpture & wearable art, Robynn Smith – painter/printmaker, Linda Watson – metalsmith/jeweler, and last but not least Vlada Volkova-Moran: organist/pianist.

Artists on Art for 9/29/9 Guest Mike Bailey

MikeMy guest artist is Mike Bailey.  His work can be seen at www.mebaileyart.com.

For the past year, he has been the number one vice president of the National Watercolor Society or NWS.  We had a really fun interview talking about Mike’s evolution to being a full-time artist.  We also spoke about this weekend’s beginning of the three week Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour.

If you would like to listen to our interview, please click here.

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