Art

As the world continues to feel fraught with fear and uncertainty, now is the perfect time to call upon our muses and ignite the latent artist we each have. Creativity is a sure way to calm an anxious mind, improve dampened spirits and direct our energy toward feelings of hope love. Listen to a conversation with Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett and singer, songwriter, author and psychologist Kelly Moreno. Hear about the healing power of making music and art and his journey releasing an album of personal songs in the midst of the pandemic.

Host Fred Munroe speaks with guests from the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. They discuss their work of providing children access to a variety of arts programs, an opportunity for students to find their voices and selves in a sometimes unstable world.

On the latest Issues & Ideas, a San Luis Obispo artist is working to find more employment opportunities for artists in the community. Jami Ray is the founder of Lamplight Arts Collective, a grassroots group of local independent artists working together to bring live art to San Luis Obispo and, hopefully, create paying gigs for Central Coast artists. We recently sat down with Ray to learn more about live art and the collective—which will be showcasing live art at the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market on Thursday, December 5.

The Veterans’ Voices art initiative provides an opportunity for those who have served in the armed forces to express themselves through the artistic medium. They ask them to share reflections on their lifetimes, playtimes and pastimes.  What has their service meant to them?  What did they take away from their experience through service?   How have they suffered?  How have they healed?  How do they feel?  How can we help? The programs goal is to provide veterans’ a voice through art.

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Should San Luis Obispo have a formal policy regarding monuments? That was the discussion among city officials this week after a group proposed placing a statue of a former U.S. president in a city park. The mayor and some in the community disagreed with the idea. San Luis Obispo officials ultimately decided the city’s policy is not to allow any monuments to living or dead individuals to be erected.

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We head to Paso Robles for a visit to Studios on the Park, a non profit Arts Center where residents gather under one roof to create and sell art. The North County Arts scene has grown and evolved over the last 30 years, just as the region’s wines and restaurants have made it a popular tourist destination. Carol Tangeman reports.

The Arts Beat is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County.

The infinite possibilities of "Portals"

Mar 27, 2018
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San Luis Obispo County’s Cuesta College has spent the past month connecting individuals across the planet. It’s part of a global art project called "Portals." Unlike media you typically use to connect to the world, Portals is an immersive experience. You are supposed to feel as if you’re in the same room as someone else in another country, or on another continent.

April is National Poetry Month at County of SLO Public Libraries. Join Brian Reynolds as he talks with local poet Toni Stern where they explore topics on creativity, inspiration, independent authorship, and the art of poetry. Stern, songwriter for Carole King, examines the breadth and boundaries of family, place, language, and self in her second volume of poetry, As Close As I Can.  

An interview with art historian Herbert Cole

Dec 6, 2017

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

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. 

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."

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

Dena Gershon

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

Eccentric socialite Peggy Guggenheim [GOO-gen-hym] had an affair with Samuel Beckett, smuggled art out of Nazi Germany, and introduced Jackson Pollock to the American art scene. A new play about Guggenheim begins its tour with Central Coast performances featuring Cal Poly students and alumni. Marisa Waddell talks with play’s creator, Cal Poly professor Al Schnupp.

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A controversial piece of art at a county building in Santa Maria will remain on public display, but will no longer be in its original location.

Continuing the conversation with Lucie Ryan

Sep 12, 2015
Ian McLachlan

Broadcast date: 9/9/2015

Ears on Art continues a conversation with sculptor Lucie Ryan of Cambria. 

Lucie Ryan and California Sculpture SLAM

Aug 31, 2015
SLO Museum of Art

Broadcast: 9/2/2015

  Today we visit with sculptor Lucie Ryan of Cambria. 

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A controversial art display at Santa Barbara City College last month will be the topic of a campus discussion on cultural sensitivity. It's scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.

Native American students were offended by a wooden teepee, constructed on campus by art students.

Representatives from the various sides met last month, resulting in the dismantling of the teepee a couple of days ahead of schedule.  SBCC President Dr. Lori Gaskin said that decision was made entirely by the students. 

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Santa Barbara's Funk Zone is a district just off of lower State Street between Highway 101 and the beach. It has gained attention in recent years because of its artsy mix of residents and businesses. However, some are worried that gentrification could ruin, the very essence that makes this neighborhood attractive. 

In August 2013, we aired a Funk Zone focus piece by KCBX reporter, Leslie Westbrook. This week she won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award for the piece from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

We’ll learn about San Luis Obispo’s annual sidewalk chalk art festival held in Mission Plaza. Long known as the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival… this year it has a new name Via Dei Colori. We’ll hear a bit about its history and also how local architects and children benefit from the event.

The land is purchased, and the designs are drawn for a Youth Arts Academy on the Central Coast.  Marisa Waddell talks with the academy's CEO, Nikolai Alexandrov about his vision and the timeline for the school's opening.

Sculptors Gather in Cambria

Apr 25, 2014
California Sculptors Symposium

Each year stone and metal workers from all over the state gather in Cambria for the California Sculptors Symposium.  Reporter Jordan Bell visits with some of the artists to talk about their craft.

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.