Crissa Hewitt

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

EOA visits with local glass artist Paula Radke. Based in Morro Bay, Paula has been creating with glass for several decades. Her work often involves bead making, fusing, and slumping, and she has recently developed a new product she calls "glass clay." She opens her new retail outlet this September on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.

Joe Kourakis is a Cal Poly professor emeritus. On this month's Ears on Art episodes, Kourakis the conversation is about his architecture design concepts and his sculpture.

This week 'Ears on Art" visits with Los Osos-based artist Ted Emrick. Emrick is a sculptor working in a variety of materials, with glass being one of his favorites. He loves to teach and volunteers at Morro Bay High School, where last year he helped students create one of the cows for the Cow Parade, an international public art exhibit that features fiberglass cows painted, modified and decorated by local artists.

This month Ears on Art visits George Jercich George, a glass blower and sculptor who lives in Los Osos. In 1976 he was hired as a lecturer in the Art and Design Department at Cal Poly. He was asked to develop a glass program which he did very successfully. Jercich provides some interesting history of the local and national ground swell of glass programs in university art departments.

On May 2 we meet with Beverly Brown, a local artist who works wonder with wire. She will be a participant in the Open Studios Art Tour bonus weekend taking place May 5 and 6 throughout the county. Details at ARTS Obispo.org.  

And on May 9 we talk about printmaking with Mae Wilson. Making use of several printmaking techniques, Mae explores imagery that ranges from fantasy to every day objects.

Ears on Art celebrates its 19th anniversary with highlights from the archives. On April 4, we will feature some of our out-of-area guests, and April 11, we will showcase a few of the local artists who have joined us in conversation about their art. This month we begin a shorter format for the show. This is part of the revamping of the hour-long "Issues and Ideas," which will now feature an increased variety of segments.

Jack Rutberg Gallery

In this two-part March series of Ears on Art, Crissa Hewitt talks with Francisco Zuniga's son, Ariel Zuniga, about his father's work. For several years, Ariel has been cataloguing and documenting his father's  work. Jack Rutberg shares some thoughts as well. 

Crissa Hewitt dives into the work of famed sculptor Francisco Zúñiga through an interview with his son who has spent years cataloging and documenting his father's work. Jack Rutberg, who runs a fine art gallery in Los Angeles, shares some thoughts as well. 

Listen to part 2 of Ears on Art’s visit with Kate Froman, San Luis Obispo fiber artist. For four decades Froman has been creating art pieces using cotton, silk, and even garden clippings.

This month, Ears on Art visits with Kate Froman, a San Luis Obispo fiber artist. For four decades, Kate has been creating art pieces using cotton, silk- even garden clippings. Wearable art, quilts, and wall hangings show a body of work full of color, imagination, and quality craftsmanship.

Hal Wilson of Santa Margarita shares his Father Christmas tales, stories written over the years to share with his young children. A bear, an octopus, and a penguin are sure to bring a smile with their takes on life at the North Pole.

Crissa Hewitt interviews art historian Herbert Cole on the art of African mothers.

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."

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.  

Heather O'Connor - PersimmonPress.org

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. 

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