Crissa Hewitt

Co-host of Ears on Art

I grew up in Studio City, CA, the youngest of three in a family of doers. The 50s for us was not a time of watching TV, but of playing games and inventing ways to entertain ourselves. Days were filled with problem solving as we built villages on the hillside, or dug holes for forts, or played "hide the toothpick" in the pool.

My father loved to teach himself new disciplines like drawing, painting, woodworking, leather tooling, playing instruments ( guitar and sax), magic, and cooking. He owned his own printing business. Despite his early death in 1956, my father had hooked me at my young age into the power of process and the joy of making.

My mother possessed an incredible aesthetic that was evident in the detailing of the family home, the music and art she brought to our attention, the literature she read to us on a regular basis, her quiet ability to find the gem in an antique store, and in the daily meals she prepared. Even with all this, she routinely denied her artistic side but, until her death, my mother nurtured and supported my creativity. To my good fortune, family, friends and students continue to stimulate my explorations.

I earned a BA in Art at Cal State Northridge (first two years at UC Davis) and a Masters of Fine Art degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1976 I was hired at Cal Poly as an assistant professor in the Art and Design dept. After 31 years of teaching jewelry design, metalsmithing, sculpture, 3D design, and exhibit design, I retired. Since then, after expanding my home studio, I began private teaching.

My undergrad curriculum required a  high degree of diversification. In addition to the core classes, I studied ceramics, jewelry design, silversmithing, and fiber arts. My graduate degree is in silversmithing. I continued my studies with smiths in Denmark and several workshops in the U.S. In 1987 I took the first of nine summer month-long workshops in Italy studying marble carving. In addition, in keeping with the diversity theme, I have enjoyed taking a variety of local workshops in disciplines that have been new to me.

Hosting Ears On Art all these years has been a remarkable education. It has been a graduate seminar on a huge scale providing insights about the creative process as well as new knowledge of disciplines and techniques. Of course meeting all the guests has been the biggest gift. 

Ways to Connect

Ears On Art visits with Rachel Yon of Los Osos.  Her primary medium is printmaking and her impressive artistic career spans several decades. Although she may be a "retired" artist, she will never stop seeing the world through her creative eyes.

Listen to Ears on Art's conversation with Henry A.J. Ramos, an artist working in Santa Margarita. He has an upcoming exhibit at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, featurng the work of several Latino and Latina artists who are exploring the cultural impact of immigrants in America.

Ears on Art goes to the Cow Parade Auction in Santa Margarita to mix with the artists and the cows.  Artists will share their experiences of designing and painting a fiberglass cow.

Ears On Art, Steven and Crissa visit with Debbie Gedayloo. The project: to invite as many individuals as possible to decorate lab coats with art using their medium of choice.

Ears On Art celebrates 18 years on KCBX

Apr 12, 2017

Ears On Art celebrates 18 years on the air with selections from past shows. These will include visits with local artists as well as conversations with some who are internationally recognized. 

Despite growing up in a family with no other artists, Deladier Almeida started sketching when he was just five years old. His friends in his native country, Brazil, would pose for him while he created portraits that seemed beyond his years. Ears on Art spoke with Almeida in March.

Ears on Art talks with Karl Dempwolf, a plein air painter from Sherman Oaks who will be exhibiting at studios on the Park in March.

Ears on Art, an interview with floral design artist and instructor Bob Gordon, who has four decades of experience in the floral design discipline, including 25 years at Cal Poly.

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque talk with self-taught Los Osos artist Jay Bonestell about his creative path and current body of work, which he calls "magical realism." Bonestell says of his paintings and sculptures, "I attempt to convey a wistful and parallel universe that is in the world but not of the world."

Part I (Broadcast date: 01/04/2017):

Part II (Broadcast date: 01/11/2017):

Ears on Art presents a combination of past interviews with local woodworkers who are part of an exhibit at the Wildling Museum in Solvang through early February.

Part I (Broadcast date: 12/07/17):

Part II (Broadcast date: 12/11/2017):

On the December special for Ears on Art, we'll hear stories from listeners about celebration.

On this episode of Ears on Art, Steven and Crissa visit with artist Sally Lamao and Walter Heath. Heath is the director of Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival.

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Here's your chance to share a story on the radio! It is time once again to be a part of the annual Ears On Art story sharing programs. Our theme this year is “Celebrations.”

Ears On Art talks with local painter Jason Towne and car restorer Gene Kruger discuss their work and talk about their special Art After Dark exhibit.  

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A conversation with Heather O’Connor, a Morro Bay artist who specializes in the illustration of birds and other animals. 

Jeanette Wolff

This week Ears On Art visits with two long time central coast residents, Sue McKee and Jeanette Wolff

Broadcast date: 03/02/2016, 03/09/2016

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque talk with Grover Beach watercolor painter Roseanne Seitz. 

Larry Kappen

Broadcast date: 02/03/2016

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Commemorating 50 years of Montaña de Oro as a state park, 50 paintings by members of San Luis Obispo Painters of the Environment (SLOPE) will be displayed all month at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Ears on Art hosts Crissa Hewitt and Steven DeLuque speak with some of the artists. Further information on the exhibit is at http://slope-painters.com/.

Broadcast date: 01/13/2015

For Ears on Art, Steven and Crissa visit Jim Ap-Roberts of San Luis Obispo. 

Broadcast date: 1/6/16

Today's guest is Kevin Christian. By day, he works for the city of San Luis Obispo, but he also finds time to create in his workshop. He’ll share why creativity is important to him and how he incorporates it at work and daily life.

Broadcast date: 12/2/2015

Broadcast date: 12/9/2015

 It's time for the annual Ears on Art story sharing programs. This year's theme is "The Gift is Immaterial." 

Broadcast date: 11/11/15

Ears on Art presents part two of the tribute to local artist, composer, and teacher Botso Korisheli, who died in July at age 93. 

Broadcast date: 11/4/2015

Ears On Art pays tribute to local artist, composer and teacher Botso Korisheli, who died earlier this summer. 

Broadcast date 10/07/2015

Part 1 (Broadcast date 10/07/2015):

Part 2 (Broadcast date 10/14/2015): 

Guest Sharon Emerson discusses her participation in the upcoming Open Studios Art Tour. 

Ian McLachlan

Broadcast date: 9/9/2015

Ears on Art continues a conversation with sculptor Lucie Ryan of Cambria. 

SLO Museum of Art

Broadcast: 9/2/2015

  Today we visit with sculptor Lucie Ryan of Cambria. 

Broadcast date: 08/12/2015

Ears On Art continues our visit with Michael J Strand, an artist from North Dakota who enjoys the challenge of using objects to stimulate human interaction. 

Ears On Art visits with sculptor Bill Walther of Arroyo Grande. Bill's work of assembled steel found objects will be part of the ADA Art Show 

This week Crissa Hewitt goes to Los Osos to visit with Susan and Ed Chandler two of the artists in the "ADA Art Show". She is a quilter and he draws and paints. The exhibit opens with a reception July 3 from 6-9 at The Community Foundation at 550 Dana ST. SLO.

The exhibit features works created by local artists with disAbilities (this is how they spell it) in a variety of medium including sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing. The show runs through July 30. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00.

Ears on Art vistis with Arroyo Grande artist Toni Bouman who uses ancient Japanese silk dying techniques to create one-of-a-kind scarves, runners and pillows.

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