Ears on Art

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

“Ears On Art” airs the first two Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 P.M. as a part of Issues & Ideas. It 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

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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Ethel Tink Landers

Ears on Art speaks with Arroyo Grande artist Ethel Tink Landers. She creates in several different medium including painting, ceramics, etched stone, and book illustration. 

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."

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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.

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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.”

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque explore the art of fused glass with Stephanie Wilbanks.

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. 

Dena Gershon

This month, Ears On Art, visits with Dena Gershon, an artist who works with fiber in wonderfully inventive ways. 

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Ears On Art visits with cartoonist and painter Jerry Scott. 

Jeanette Wolff

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

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Ears on Art discusses the collaboration between Orchestra Novo and The Grizzly Academy. 

The student paintings created while listening to a work by Maurice Ravel will be presented simultaneously at Orchestra Novo's season finale concert on May 29.

Ears on Art” features Dennis Kehoe, a Los Osos artist of many disciplines, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. 

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. 

2015 theme: The Gift is Immaterial

What have you given or received that made an impact beyond the gift itself? Was the gift even a physical object?  How did good intention not succeed and perhaps produce an unexpected outcome…an unexpected gift?

What:  This is your opportunity to share a personal story on air (KCBX) based on the selected theme.  KCBX streams world-wide. 

Broadcast date: 11/4/2015

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

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