Cynthia Connolly – Banned in DC


sdp01Cynthia Connolly is a photographer, curator, and co-author/publisher/distributor of the book Banned in DC. She’s coming to Santa Cruz to share stories and show images of the beginning of the now legendary hardcore punk scene in Washington DC.

Originally published in 1988,  “Banned in DC”  is one of the first books on punk of its kind. It illustrates and documents DC in the late 70s to mid 80s with hundreds of photos, flyers, stories about the bands, the venues, and the people who populated the shows. This particular scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to be an influence on many regional punk scenes around the world.

The event, Talk and Book Signing: Banned in DC with Cynthia Connolly is Thursday, Aug 3, 2017, at the Santa Cruz MAH 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Enjoy a talk from Cynthia Connolly from 6:30-7:15 pm, and book signing and buttonmaking from 7:15-8:00 pm.

To hear our talk, press on the play button below:

David Dennis, Dan Haifley & Yolanda Henry

Local philanthropic photographer, David Dennis, Dan Haifley and Yolanda Henry came onto Artists on Art, January 20, 2016, to talk about the upcoming event and photography installation, Faces of the Sea Odyssey, at the Food Lounge happening Friday, February 5, from 5:00p-10pm.

10426129_788748097859900_2249044674721815057_nDavid Dennis uses photography for philanthropic purposes to improve our community in the areas of ocean conservation, education and homelessness. Faces of the Sea Odyssey is his seventh art installation in which you will see portraits of children from the Nueva Vista Community Resources in Santa Cruz and the Buena Vista School in San Jose, and crew members of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey.

11855609_1685386068357556_6545434523024640221_nThe event, also a part of the First Friday Santa Cruz Art Tour, will be showcasing Ventana surfboards, handplanes, eco-surf supplies and apparel at a special event featuring photography, music, food, drinks and other artisans. All of thus happening at the Food Lounge, a community-minded event venue, commercial incubator kitchen and full service food organization aimed at fueling, educating and inspiring Santa Cruz, located at 1001 Center Street Suite One, Santa Cruz, CA.

The event will donate 10Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 11.28.50 AM% of sales to the ocean education work of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey. O’Neill Sea Odyssey provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities. More information is available at the Facebook event pages, Faces of the Sea Odyssey.

To hear our show in its entirety, please click on the play button below.

Homeless Garden Project Gala Holiday Open House

On November 18, 2015, Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director of the Homeless Garden Project, came into KZSC to talk about their biggest events of the year, Gala Holiday Open House is happening Friday, December 4th 5:30pm – 9:30pm at their downtown store. Philanthropic photographer, David Dennis also joined us to talk about his exhibition FACES of the Farm that will be included in the event.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 1.50.41 PMThe Gala is a celebration with a special presentation recognizing their trainees and all that they’ve accomplished this year from Cynthia Mathews, Incoming Mayor, City of Santa Cruz, will be giving a talk. Music by Rick Zeek & Brookside will be featuring Rhan Wilson, Patti Maxine & Pipa Pinon. There will be festive food and drink from the Manresa Bread Project.
And a very special presentation from David Dennis Photos: FACES of the FARM.

The Homeless Garden downtown store is located at 110 Cooper Street, Ste 100G, Santa Cruz, California 95060.

Also, this weekend, on Sunday, December 6th from 4-6pm Dr. Tererai Trent talk & book-signing at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History auditorium and Homeless Garden Project Downtown Store.

Catalina Giraldo

Digital Artist, videographer, activist and biologist, Catalina Giraldo came onto Artist on Art to talk about her work, Verde Obscuro, a piece in the 2013 MFA Exhibition and working on Culture-Sierra nevada: an adaptation. The Harrison Studio under direction of ecologically concerned artists Helen and Newton Harrison.

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 8.42.26 AMCatalina came to the US to study in the UCSC DANM program from Bogota Colombia after working in botany, palinology (the taxonomy of pollen), palaeoecology (reconstruction of past ecosystems using pollen fossil as a proxy) and melissopalinology (bee pollen). As an artist/scientist Catalina experiments with photographing nature and human cultures. She is interested in using new media and science research to plant a seed of consciousness for all to treat our planet Earth with respect.

You will be able to see Verde Obscuro at the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013.

To hear Catalina’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”Catalina Giraldo” graphical=”true”]

Dan Heller

On April 1, 2013, Graduating DANMite, photographer, entrepreneur, educator, artist, Dan Heller came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work and voice driven interactive installation graduating project, Here Say See.

In this installation piece, the visitor listens to sound effects and is asked to “describe” where they are, and what they see. This description is then used as a search query for an image-based search online, and images that match these queries are displayed.

You will be able to interact with Dan’s installation, Here Say See, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013 as a part of the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, Ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC.

Dan is also an entrepreneur with a penchant for helping startups as well as a photography business blogger.

To hear Dan and Nada’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”Dan Heller” graphical=”true”]

M. Sophia Santiago & Michelle Magdalena Maddox

On March 18, 2013, Life Artist & Photographer, M. Sophia Santiago & Photographer, Michelle Magdalena Maddox  were on Artist on Art to talk about their work and installation “Emergence”.

Screen shot 2013-03-21 at 9.34.02 AMOn the first half of the show, Sophia and I spoke of her work as a photographer, conceptual and life artist.  We talked about the meaning behind “photo ID” in this case a story of emergence, self-reflection and witnessing.  In the second half of the show, we spoke to Michelle by phone about her work as a photographer in Pacific Grove. We spoke of how Sophia and Michelle collaborated and their process in the creation of “Emergence.”

The installation”Emergence” is a part of the SC MAH‘s exhibition, PHOTO ID which is happening March 30 through July 7, 2013. The Reception is March 29th from 6-9pm. Photo ID  is a museum-wide photography exhibition centered on the theme of identity. Loosely broken into three subthemes: self, social and gender, the exhibitions present artworks to stimulate reflection and lively discussion. “Emergence” is on the second floor in the Solari Gallery.

To hear M. Sophia Santiago speak on Artist on Art,  click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”M. Sophia Santiago” graphical=”true”]

To hear Michelle Magdalena Madox, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”″ title=”Michelle Magdalena Maddox” graphical=”true”]

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