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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Ears on Art: Architecture and scupture

Aug 8, 2018

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.

Ears on Art: Blowing Glass

Jun 21, 2018

  

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.

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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. 

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.”

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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