Kirby Scudder

The great Santa Cruz Art mover, maker and shaker Kirby Scudder, digital portraiture, archivist, Sentinel and KUSP journalist, videographer, curator, originator of First Friday Santa Cruz made a movie about me. I’m so honored,

I hope to have him on Artist on Artist in the next couple of weeks to celebrate the opening of the Santa Cruz contemporary Museum of Art at the Tannery Arts. Currently, they have a call to artists for Steampunk; Art & Technology, November 2nd through December 15th.

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.

To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”″ title=”Amanda Payne & Evie Carter” graphical=”true”]

Here’s a video of our interview:

Jay Silver 7/4/11 Guest for both Artists on Art and Gamers on Game

Post-disciplinarian, Jay Silver is an inventor, MIT PhD Student, Lifelong Kindergarden Lab Research Associate and “Maker” Artist repurposing, reusing, rethinking the world digitally. He is currently working at Intel Research helping them develop a more “Maker Culture”. He cofounded Joy Labs, Experiendipity, and Beginners’ Mind.

We had a great conversation on many topics including his projects, awareness mapping with the Drishya “un” School in Bangalore, India, which was also the inspiration for the Drawdio (a gizmo that turns the world into a circuit and then into a musical instrument) to the book that helped him parenting, The Continuum Concept.   To get the full scope of his projects, they are listed at his MIT Media Lab page such as Singing Fingers (a smart phone app that I can highly recommend).

During the Gamers on Game show, Patrick Reilly joined us in the studio and had some great questions such as “What’s the scoop on SCRATCH” and “Folk Computing“?  Both Pat and I met Jay at the TEDxSantaCruz that happened June 11, 2011 at the Cabrillo Music Hall where he presented “the World as Construction Kit. That is also the title of his PhD thesis.

To hear our interview, press the first play button below for the Artists on Art show: [haiku url=”″ title=”Jay Silver” graphical=”true”]
The play button below is for the Gamers on Game show. It’s in this part of the interview that Jay explains his state of “post-discipline” and answers Pat’s questions:
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Here’s a quick video we took right before our live radio show:

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 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,

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

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, please click on the triangle below to hear the show in entirety.

Rocky Lewycky

Photo by Karen Kuehn

Local artist, sculptor and educator, Rocky Lewycky at, came on to the radio show March 1, 2011 to talk about his work. In particular, Rocky launched a new installation and free art with interactive adjunct website, or

The New Us Project is an interactive art piece by Rocky Lewycky. Throughout the next year, and all within Santa Cruz County, Rocky will be creating installations of ceramic water vessels to interact and complement the space in which they are presented. All of the vessels will be given away to the public at the completion of the installation. Conjunctive to the active installation, The New Us website will feature daily-refreshed images of two vessel recipients, whom are randomly paired.

Rocky comes to us via a circuitous route starting with his undergraduate studies in San Diego to his graduate work at the University of South Carolina. He was in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a contemporary artist living and working in Santa Cruz, California. His resume includes teaching positions at Foothill College, Monterey Peninsula CollegeThe University of South Carolina, Institute of American Indian Arts (I.A.I.A.), the Santa Fe Community College, and the Clay Creation on Soquel. Rocky has enjoyed museum shows as well as gallery exhibits of contemporary sculpture, installation and performance throughout the country. Rocky currently shows his ceramics at GF Contemporary and his mixed media through Bang Gallery, both in Santa Fe, NM. In 2007 Rocky was named by the “Santa Fean” magazine as ”One of the top five artists to watch in New Mexico” and in 2008 “Top Talent from emerging to established and our region’s most influential talent of all time.” He was most recently chosen by Jo Lauria of Craft in America to install a piece at the Eastern State Penitentiary for the 2010 Philadelphia NCECA conference.

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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.

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

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.

Noga Vilozny

On July 6, 2010, multi-talented, local artist and longtime resident (from the age of 10) Santa Cruzian, Noga Vilozny, aka Noga Love Bites, spoke with Artists on Art host, Nada Miljkovic.

The two talked about Noga’s life’s work and art practice that involves singing, dancing, acting, life-coaching, and teaching.  All of these forms of artistic expression which can be related to in terms of elevating vibrations.

Noga is also well known about town as Noga Love Bites.  She has been sending emails to people signed up through her website NogaLovesMe.  People are very happy to receive these surprises that can be affirmations, pictures, movies, all kinds of media with content that help make the day a little better.

Noga began acting with her friend and filmmaker Bella Shing (creator of  Sweeter Media) a Los Angeles transplant who now calls Santa Cruz home. Shing and Vilozny became friends after Vilozny attended a “Manifesting Your Beloved” seminar. The two began collaborating artistically last August when they created two commercials that have been submitted to Cannes.  They can be viewed at Noga’s website in the tab Photos.

The two also worked on a movie called Noga & the Love Seminar. Vilozny wrote the screenplay with director Bella Shing,  Santa Cruz resident Penny Dufour plays the supporting role.

The story is about a young woman, Noga, who had some traumatic love experiences. Her friend, Melissa, drags Noga to a seminar about love. The film follows Noga’s experiences in the seminar as she discovers whether it will help erase her marred past and bring her the love she desires.

Image by Kyer Wiltshire

Vilozny’s singing experience is put to use in the film, as she lends her vocals to several songs throughout the story. Local salsa band Flor De Caña performed all of the music for the short.

Here’s the trailer for Noga & the Love Seminar:

Nada and Noga talked about Noga’s singing and dancing particularly Flamenco. Noga sang several songs during the course of the show.  They also spoke of how Noga began helping people organize their homes.

Photo by Reija Bolwell

Please click on the link below to hear the entire broadcast.

4/27/10 Guest Chris(Topher) Maraffi

The Artists on Art guest for April 27, 2010 was Topher Maraffi. He is  the last in our series of Digital Arts and New Media pending graduates exhibiting at the new Digital Arts Research Center that is having its grand opening (ribbon-cutting ceremony) Thursday April 29, 2010 at 3:15.  Since March, I’ve interviewed Kathleen Kralowec, Jessica Hayden and Chris Molla, and last week, Nick Lally.

Topher will perform at this event directly after (between 3:45 and 4:15pm) Chancellor Blumenthal and Dean of the Arts Yager speak at the UCSC Digital Arts & New Media MFA research.

The name of his overall performance is Mimesis & Mocap with two performances, the Avatar Dance and  Magic Mirror Game (inspired by the  Marx Brothers Mirror Scene). These performance are  a cross-disciplinary study in creating believable real-time interaction between human performers and 3D characters within a theatrical environment. His two performances,  and The Magic Mirror Game, envision future methods of re-creating classic dance and pantomime movements with a digital double.   There will be at three more performances that he will do during the show DANM MFA 2010 Exhibition Everything is Possible (running April 30th-May 9th with the reception on May 7th at 5:30pm).

Here’s a list of his performances:

DANM Building Dedication, Thursday April 29th @ 3:45pm
Saturday May 1st @ 2:00pm
Tuesday May 4th @ 3:45pm
Show Reception Friday, May 7th @ 7:00pm

Additional evening and matinee times may be announced for the 8th & 9th. Check back on his website for details.

Topher came to the KZSC studio a few months ago (March 2, 2010) for only part of the Artists on Art show.  I wanted him to come on the show to talk about the DANM and Theater Arts co-production Stop the Press, an audience-interactive production about the demise of print and the rise of digital media. I had already booked with the Queer Queen of Comedy Poppy Champlin when I heard about this successful and acclaimed.  One person that has their finger on the pulse of Santa Cruz and has for decades said it was one of the best student productions in years.

I wanted  him back  for a full show and better explanation of his studies and work as  a performance artist, technical animator, educator (dance SWANGO and 3d animation along with other subjects) and author. Prior to joining the DANM program in Fall of 2008, he taught on the topic of 3D character creation and wrote three books on the subject such as MEL Scripting a Character Rig in Maya.

We started the show with a quick download of all the upcoming exhibitors in Everything is Possible. The Artists are: Karl Baumann, Lyès Belhocine, Drew Detweiler, Christoph Girard, Nik Hanselmann, Jessica Faith Hayden, Antoine A. Jaoude, Kathleen M. Kralowec, Nick Lally, Chris(Topher) Maraffi, Kyle McKinley, Christopher Molla, Elizabeth Travelslight, and Alex Walter.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio:].

This is a TwitVid we did right before the show on Tuesday of Topher dancing.

I’m hoping he’ll be back on the show sometime in the future.  In the fall 2010, Topher will start as a PhD student in the UCSC Computer Science program.  He plans to continue in collaboration with Theater Arts and to develop expressive and improvisational real-time synthespians.

Jess Hayden & Chris Molla Guests for 4/6/10

Graduating Digital Arts and New Media artists, Jessica Hayden and Chris Molla were the guests on Artists on Art for April 6, 2010 to talk about their upcoming installation entitled “SET” or “Seemingly External Things” a narrative/documentary/fiction theatrical interactive piece about growing up in Nevada in the 50s during nuclear testing, “a mobile theatrical installation in which visitors may play to trigger audio, video and live performance events that reveal a story. The project questions the roles that the spectator and the environment play in generating narrative meaning.”  The piece will be in a 1951 Silver Streak that will  be parked out in front of the DARC otherwise known as the NEW Digital Arts Research Center on West Campus.

We talked about Chris and Jess’ backgrounds leading up to going back to school to get their MFAs.  Chris is a musical composer, teacher and  former member of Camper Van Beethoven.  Jess is a theatrical performer/writer/interactive object creator.  They are both amazing artists doing wonderful collaborative participatory new media art.  We got to hear some of the sound art that you’ll hear playing around in their Silver Streak. We talked about the seeds of the piece; Jess’ science fiction short story about a girl coupled, the desert sounds, their road-trip to Nevada, and trying to harness technology.

That’s the beauty of their art. It is meant to be touched and investigated while learning and experiencing through the participation.  I can hardly wait to see their shiny informative piece.  I asked them about their future.  They said they’re taking it on the road, a traveling  art installation.  I think it’s brilliant that their MFA piece can be their home and car.

“SET” is a part of the larger DANM 2010 MFA Exhibition, Things that are Possible, showcasing digital art with social impact at the DARC. There are 14 graduate students taking part in this exhibition that runs April 30th to May 9th with a free reception on Friday May 7 from 5:30-7:30PM. For details visit

If you missed the live broadcast,  you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.


Here’s a twitvid we did right after the show.

This is a trailer for Chris and Jess’ recent collaborative theatrical ensemble “Stop the Presses“.  At 1 minute 20 seconds, you’ll see Jess’ “Gypsy Fortune” piece that was performed in March 2010.  This piece came out of the Performative Technologies group research.

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