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“Ears On Art” was previously broadcast as a part of Issues & Ideas, and is now an archived program with episodes available below. It began in earnest on April 1, 1999 with a half hour a month broadcast.

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. 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, who became the regualr co-host.

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 format became 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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Dimensions: An Exhibition of Fine Craft

Sep 5, 2014

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.

Witkin Brothers Part 2

Aug 15, 2014

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.

Twin Visions - The Witkins Brothers (Part 1)

Aug 4, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/6/14

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

Jul 7, 2014

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.

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

Jun 27, 2014

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

Ears on Art

May 30, 2014

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

Quilts Unlike Any Your Grandmother Made

May 8, 2014

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.

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

Apr 1, 2014
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.

Metalsmith Steve Midgett

Mar 7, 2014

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.

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.

Panoramic Photographer Brian Lawler

Feb 12, 2014

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque continue their conversation with photographer Brian Lawler about his exhibit of large-scale panoramic photographs at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

"SLOPANO" Art Exhibit at SLOMA

Feb 5, 2014

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque meet up with photographer Brian Lawler to discuss his upcoming exhibit of large-scale panoramic photographs at The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art entitled "SLOPANO."  Brian is a professor in the Graphic Communications department at Cal Poly where he has been teaching since 1999.

January 8, 2014: Steven deLuque and Crissa Hewitt bring us another edition of Ears on Art, honoring Ina Mae Overman who died last month.  Ina Mae created colorful fused glass works that often took the form of window hangings.

December 12, 2012: Steven DeLuque and Crissa Hewitt bring you another Ears on Art with part two of their tribute to Myron and Priscilla Graham. This husband and wife team were instrumental in shaping the cultural life of the Central Coast through their active participation as civic leaders and steady supporters of the visual and performing arts.

Audio archives are not available online for shows prior to 2012. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 14, 2011: Ears on Art's annual storytelling program.

December 7, 2011: Host Steven DeLuque transports us to Ohio for a tale that by all rights will be seen as fiction, but it is not. Think hot summer night, a collection of sticks, a few hundred candles, a dinner and some uninvited guests, a rebroadcast of The Enchantress of Sugar Grove.

Audio archives are not available online for shows prior to 2012. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 8, 2010: Part Two of Ears On Art's annual holiday program, featuring stories from listeners.

Audio archives are not available online for shows older than two years. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

Audio archives are not available online for shows older than two years. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 10, 2008: This week we continue our annual holiday program with stories written and told by members of the community. Our theme this year is "Creating a lot from very little".

December 3, 2008: This week is the annual holiday program with stories written and told by members of the community. This year's theme is "Creating a lot from very little"

Audio archives are not available online for shows older than two years. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 12, 2007: Host Steven deLuque transports us to Ohio for a tale that by all rights will be seen as fiction, but it is not. Think hot summer night, a collection of sticks, a few hundred candles, a dinner and some uninvited guests.

December 5, 2007: The annual Holiday Episode, part one

Audio archives are not available online for shows older than two years. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 13, 2006: The annual holiday episode: This program features a collection of short stories written and told by members of the community featuring tales of some memorable art acquisition.

December 6, 2006: Ears on Art reports from the Paso Gathering annual fundraiser for the Pioneer Museum.

Audio archives are not available online for shows older than two years. For an audio copy of an older show, please contact us with your specific request.

December 14, 2005: We hear holiday memories from members of the community that have been touched by artists.

December 7, 2005: Steven deLuque and Crissa Hewitt travel to south to a show of Native American Contemporary Art displayed in the gallery of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara on Chapala Street.

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