Art Studio

Community College Deliberates Future for Lifelong Learning


By Kirby Scudder
“I took a jewelry class 20-some years ago at Cabrillo College with Linda Watson. My first class ever I was not a artist and since then I have worked in that field,” says jeweler and Cabrillo College adjunct instructor Angela Gleason. The question is whether future students will be able to take advantage of the same classes Gleason took. As the Community College system focuses tight resources on classes that provide credits for transfer to the U.C. system or which provide a clear route to the job market, art classes are under scrutiny. The system is restricting how many times a class can be taken, disrupting the approach many art students have taken to developing their skills.

Important for Any Artist: Take Some Time With Another Medium


By Kirby Scudder

Eckphrasis juxtaposes poetry by Elisa Noemi and Kevin Devaney with assemblage work by Stephen Lynch.

A Brush with Eckphrasis juxtaposes poetry by Elisa Noemi and Kevin Devaney with assemblage work by Stephen Lynch.

An exhibit at Casa Nostra restaurant in Ben Lomond presents the assemblage work of Stephen Lynch alongside poetry by Kevin Devaney and Elisa Noemi. Says Devaney the result of this exploration of a physical medium is beauty. The exhibit is titled “A Brush With Echphrasis,” eckphrasis being a Greek term referring to a description usually of art.

Balanced Composition



Lexis Rubenis is an abstract painter who says his biggest influences include Irish surrealist Francis Bacon. In November the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco presented his show “Subconscious Imagery.” Rubenis says he aspires to the example Bacon set of balancing composition. For years Rubenis worked in art supply stores. What shows from that experience is a complex understanding of paint and pigment.

From Ceramic Revolution to Contemporary Mixed Media


By Kirby Scudder | KUSP News

Stan Welsh began his career as a ceramic artist following in the footsteps of people who were taking the medium from pots and vases to modernism. KUSP’s Kirby Scudder reports Welsh’s latest work combines ceramics with photography and other media.

I.G. Bayo


I.G. Bayo combines contemporary fashion with the traditional weaving of his native Nigeria.

Mountain Art Adventure – An Interview With Melissa Leeds


Artists in Bonny Doon are held open studios July 27th and 28th for the second annual Bonny Doon Studio Tour.

Kirby Scudder’s interview with one of the artists, ceramic painter Melissa Leeds is the audio featured at the top of this post.

Leeds says she was a painter until she encountered the ceramics department at her art school. When she met renowned potter Mattie Leeds, she turned in her pains for glazes.



10 Days of Pushing Boundaries


Kirby Scudder speaks with Greg Paroff who performs “ENGEL THE ELDER’S BARD, BEAT$, & BURLESQUE.” The show intersperse stand-up comedy, hip-hop and Shakespeare monologues. It’s one of the shows in the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival July 11-20.

The festival Web site descibes Paroff’s shows with this quote from the Santa Cruz Weekly’s Georgia Perry, ”Let me say this: You certainly do not have to be a fan of Shakespeare to enjoy this show. In fact, Shakespeare-haters may even like it more.”

2013 Fringe Festival Information: Fringe Festival Website


Viva Santana – Honoring an Artist Who Left An Imprint On His Community



This week’s interview is with Mary Anne Carson, of Santa Cruz County Bank ‘s Arts Collaborative outreach program talking about artist Manuel Santana or Manny as he was most commonly known. Manny passed away at the age of 81 in July of 2008 leaving behind a legacy of community activistism, both through his art and his many contributions to the culture of the Central Coast. Mary Anne along with Manny’s daughter Angelina have put together a county wide retrospective of his work entitled ‘Viva Santana’. ‘Viva Santana’ opened last week in the banks 5 branches and will host the opening reception on June 4th from 5:30 – 7.

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In 2008 shortly after Manny passed away Mary Anne opened the county wide ‘All Santana’ show. 5 years later with the help of Angelina Santana ‘Viva Santana’ includes many works never seen before.


Viva Santana came about when Mary Anne and Angelina discussed the idea of showing a range of Manny’s that spanned from his college years to his latest works in 2008

For more information about ‘Viva Santana’ go to

Zig Zag Robinson



Thats Hip Hop Artist Addam White, aka Zig Zag Robinson. Adam started producing Film and Theater in his early 20s and went on to become a hip hop performing artist for the last decade. Zig Zag has performed in venues throughout California and has worked with dozens of local bands creating their own unique sound. Hip Hop is a combination of artistic forms that originated as a specific street subculture during the 1970s in New York City, later spreading its influence to communities throughout the country.


“bangbang” is the latest effort by Zig Zag producing a monthly First Friday Festival. Every First Friday for the next year Zig Zag is organizing multiple bands representing a wide range of musical styles along with visual artists chosen by the parachute collective (a local arts collective. ’bang bang’ brings together performers and visual artists under one roof at the well known local Restaurant, Bocci’s Cellar.

Although Los Angeles and Oakland are the west coast hip hop capitals, Santa Cruz has produced it’s share of National hip hop acts.

Under Zig Zag’s production company Wrench Broadcasting “bang bang” will add a musical component to the hugely successful monthly First Friday Art Tour. While bands rotate on stage, local artists and crafts people will display their work outside in the spacious bocce courtyard. ‘Bang bang’ is keeping the hip hop tradition alive in Santa Cruz.

For more information about Zig Zag Robinson go to

Kevin Devaney



A poetry slam is a competition where poets recite original works, focusing on their delivery as much as their poetry. Construction worker, Marc Smith launched the first poetry slam at the ‘Get Me High Lounge’ in Chicago in 1984. In 1991, the first National Poetry Slam took place in Fort Mason, San Francisco. Since moving to Santa Cruz this past Summer, poet Kevin Devaney, followed his dream and scouted the town for a venue to create a weekly poetry event. He landed at the Tannery Arts Center and found Rebecca’s Cafe which possessed all the ingredients for a great poetry event. Kevin now holds a weekly open mic poetry reading every Monday evening from 6-8 PM with Featured poets from around the country. I spoke with Kevin on the patio at rebeccas cafe about poetry.


Poetry slams started as a way to involve the audience and the poets in a more dynamic exchange.


Kevin’s poetry nights are made up of an open mic component followed by Nationally known featured poets.


In the social setting found at open mics the poets delivery is as important as the words themselves.

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