Ears on Art

Part of Issues & Ideas, Wednesdays, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

“Ears On Art” began in earnest on April 1, 1999 with a half hour a month broadcast. Things have changed considerably since then. We have changed times and format, but the founding purpose has remained the same.

Crissa and Steven
Crissa and Steven

In the beginning there were four hosts: Bill Beeson, Karen Kile, Gail Johnson, and me, Crissa Hewitt. Our aim was to create a magazine format with at least three segments. Bill opened the program with a commentary based on the show’s theme. Gail closed the show with a five-minute arts calendar. One or two interviews rounded out the thirty minutes. I spent the majority of my time learning how to tape, edit, and put in the finishing touches so that the recorded program could be aired.

By 2002 the format had changed. Even a decade ago there was far too much information to create a comprehensive arts event calendar in five minutes. Bill continued to do the commentaries, but Gail and Karen discovered that the time commitment was more than they could easily give. The search was on for a co-host. Naida Simpson of Simpson-Heller Gallery in Cambria came aboard. When she, too, found the time requirements difficult for her schedule, I went hunting and found Steven deLuque. This team has been steadily at work ever since.

Many years ago, the fun of going on location became apparent. There is real art to see, techniques to be demonstrated, and noises to record. There is the distraction of barking dogs, cawing crows, running water and light winds that, through a microphone, sound akin to a hurricane. However, on site visits, hands down, provide much more interest and intrigue than sitting in a padded sound studio.

The current format is that of a conversational interview. Although many of the programs feature county artists, gallery owners, and curators, others have been taped around the United States and in Italy. No doubt volunteering for an NPR affiliate has opened many doors. Out of area notables include Julia Child, Botero, Jerome Witkin, Bruce Beasley and Italian marble workers. So many years of work on “Ears on Art” was more than I ever envisioned, but it has been truly interesting and enjoyable.

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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.

Ears On Art visits with Los Osos artist Ann Bonestell.

Working in several different materials, she currently specializes in assemblages which are inspired by images from the past and antique objects. She has work on exhibit at SLOMA through May.

Ears On Art celebrates our sixteenth anniversary this month with a visit with artists Michael Miller and Peggy Vrana , a husband/wife team whose medium is clay. Their studio Earthsea Pottery in Cambria is where they create wheel thrown works individually and in collaboration. Their work can be seen at Amphora Gallery in Cambria, a business that they own with two other clay artist couples. April 4th is the opening for the Teapot Show. Details are available at amphoragallery.com

This month, “Ears On Art” re-airs a two-part interview with nationally known sculptor Bella Feldman. This spring, she’ll be the juror for the California Slam, a statewide sculpture competition which will be exhibited at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

Ears On Art visits with Jennifer Stang Eickemeyer, an artist who makes never-seen-before sculptures out of broken glass. Using her own carved wood core, the shards of glass are attached to create a surface that shows off the form and catches light. The sculptures are depictions of nature including animals and plants. Take a look at shatteredglasssculptures.com

Ears On Art visits with Atascadero artist Rick Vagnini to discuss his several art disciplines including watercolor and spray paint techniques.

For the fifteenth year, Ears on Art invites listeners to tell personal stories. The theme this year is “The best handmade gift given or received.”

Ears on Art visits with artist and gallery owner Julie Dunn. Julie specializes in a painting technique called tempera batik. She is co-owner of The Gallery At The Network in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Ears on art visits Los Osos artists who are creating an installation piece featuring a variety of plaster sculptures. The work will be on display in the McMean Gallery at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art through November.

    

Ears on Art's Crissa Hewitt is in Pietrasanta, Italy for conversations with two, life-time marble workers. Pietrasanta has been a center for marble for 400 years and her two guests have been marble craftsmen since their early teens, dedicating their work to bringing to life stone, employing the creative concepts of classical and contemporary artists. She’ll share her thoughts on the town and the workers.

Ears On Art

Sep 12, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

Ears on Art brings us part-two of their conversation with Carol Sauvion, founder and owner of Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles. She’s the creator and executive director of the award winning PBS series "Craft in America."

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

Ears on Art visits with Carol Sauvion, founder and owner of Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles and creator and executive director of the award winning PBS series "Craft in America."  She recently selected works for the juried show "Dimensions: An Exhibition of Fine Craft," which opens this Friday at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

Broadcast date: 8/13/14

Hear part two of an Ears On Art rebroadcast conversation with identical twin artists, painter Jerome Witkin and photographer Joel Peter Witkin.  Their current exhibit in Los Angeles has drawn international attention, and has been extended through August at the Jack Rutberg Gallery.

Broadcast date: 8/6/14

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