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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Arts
11:17 am
Tue December 9, 2014

December Stories with Ears on Art

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.”

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Arts
11:15 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Ears on Art explores technique of 'tempera batik' with local painter

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.

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Arts
3:40 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Ears on Art speaks with Los Osos artists about upcoming exhibit

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.

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Arts
1:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

A visit with marble-workers in Pietrasanta

    

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.

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Art
3:49 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ears On Art

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."

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Art
3:39 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Dimensions: An Exhibition of Fine Craft

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.

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Arts
3:53 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Witkin Brothers Part 2

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.

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Central Coast
1:47 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ears on Art - Interview with Gary Dwyer (Part 2)

Steven DeLuque and Crissa Hewitt continue their conversation with Gary Dwyer, an artist of many interests and skills. For years he taught Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly and was fascinated by the links between sculpture and designing landscapes. Dwyer is also a photographer, whose work has been published in numerous magazines. He will have a photography exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of art in July and August.

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Arts
4:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Ears on Art - Interview with Gary Dwyer (Part 1)

Steven deLuque and Crissa Hewitt bring us another edition of Ears on Art, exploring the world of fine arts on the Central Coast.

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fine arts
3:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Ears on Art

Steven deLuque and Crissa Hewitt bring us another edition of Ears on Art, exploring the world of fine arts on the Central Coast.

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Amazing Quilts
2:57 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Quilts Unlike Any Your Grandmother Made

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque visit with two artists from The Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group of the Central Coast, who work with non-traditional and innovative techniques and materials to create art quilts and fiber art that transcend functional craft into the realm of fine art. The group's exhibit "Fabrications II" is at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles through May 18th.

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Arts
6:44 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Jerome and Joel Peter Witkin: Twins and Internationally-Known Artists

Credit Jerome Witkin

This month Ears on Art celebrates its 15th year on air. Steven deLuque and Crissa Hewitt celebrate by interviewing identical twin brothers Jerome and Joel Peter Witkin. The Witkins' first combined exhibit "Twin Visions" is on display at the Jack Rutberg Gallery in Los Angeles through May.  Jerome is a painter; Joel is a photographer.  At age 74 they are in full stride with careers that have earned them international recognition and inclusion in several museum collections.

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Arts
4:09 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Metalsmith Steve Midgett

Crissa Hewitt continues her visit with internationally recognized jeweler and metalsmith Steve Midgett, a specialist in the Japanese metal technique, Mokume Gane, which fuses precious metals together like a French pastry.

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Arts
2:38 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Steve Midgett Discusses Mokume Gane

Snake Vase by Steve Midgett in mokume gane style
Credit Steve Midgett

  Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque visit with internationally recognized jeweler and metalsmith Steve Midgett.  He specializes in a Japanese metal technique called Mokume Gane, where small sheets of different metals such as silver, gold and copper are fused together to form multiple layers like a French pastry.

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