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Master Series II at the R. Blitzer Gallery – Howard Ikemoto & Ron Milhoan

'Reservoir' by Howard Ikemoto. Courtesy of the artist.

‘Reservoir’ by Howard Ikemoto. Courtesy of the artist.

'winter Poplars' by Ron Milhoan. Courtesy of the artist.

‘Winter Poplars’ by Ron Milhoan. Courtesy of the artist.

(Text provided by the R. Blitzer Gallery)

Two of the area’s most revered artists and educators are together at an exclusive exhibit at the R. Blitzer Gallery. Both artists, now retired, have inspired thousands of students as art instructors at Cabrillo College.

Howard Ikemoto taught at Cabrillo College for 34 years before retiring in 2000. Though he bristles, at the notion that he enjoyed legendary status at Cabrillo College, he nonetheless, was an extraordinary teacher and mentor. Foremost was his deep respect towards his students. He engaged his students to think past the obvious and mundane. His recent works examine landscapes through the process of painting. They are often abstract and sometimes non-objective. Howard’s work has been exhibited throughout California in museums and galleries. Today, Ikemoto at 74, continues his visual explorations and invite us all, the viewer, to welcome risk.

Ron Milhoan’s current oil paintings, “The Dusty Trail Series” are inspired by the landscape and a tribute to his home of 20 years in Corralitos,. His interest in the patterns of light through trees transforms the landscape as if illuminated from within. Ron was an influential painting and drawing teacher at Cabrillo College for 29 years and six years prior at 3 other universities in the United States. Milhoan exhibited his work at The Monterey Museum of Art, The Triton Museum of Art and The Museum of Art and History. Milhoan was awarded two NEA Painting Grants and the Distinguished Artist Award in Santa Cruz and continues to exhibited nationally.

Exhibit runs through December 28th. First Friday reception December 6, 5 – 9 pm. rblitzergallery.com

In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation


By Susan Stamberg | NPR News

One hundred years ago in New York City, nearly 90,000 people came to see the future of art. The 1913 Armory Show gave America its first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were doing. Today these artists are in major museums around the world, but in 1913, they were mostly unknown in America.

The 69th Regiment Armory on East 25th Street may have seemed like an odd venue, but it was big enough to hold the 1,400-work exhibition. “There were lots of comparisons in 1913 of the Armory Show being a bomb from the blue, so the Armory is not inappropriate,” says curator Kimberly Orcutt. Courtesy: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution


Downtown – Halloween 2013

‘Faces in the Crowd’
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. October 31. 2013. Photos: Stephen Laufer

De Young Museum’s Largest Show Ever

Image: Courtesy of the Artist.

Image: Courtesy of the Artist.

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition features the artist’s work from 2002 to present.


7th Avenue Project:
Henry Jaglom on Orson Welles

Orson and Henry

Orson and Henry

This episode of  the 7th Avenue Project w/ Robert Pollie was broadcast on Aug 25, 2013. Listen to the full program above. 

It’s tempting, if you’re tempted by clichés, to call Orson Welles “larger than life.” But he was after all an ordinary mortal, however prodigious his gifts and imposing his persona. He was also, among other things, a struggling artist, and his travails should be familiar to anyone who’s sought creative fulfillment in a practical world.


Shakespeare SC’s Artistic Director On Announcement 2013 is Final Season

Photo: Courtesy of Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Photo: Courtesy of Shakespeare Santa Cruz

By J.D. Hillard | KUSP News

Marco Barricelli says he felt that Shakespeare Santa Cruz had got its business figured out in the 2013 season. He noted that the company has a history of falling back on support from U.C. Santa Cruz, which was the stated reason for the troupe’s cancellation. But he says this season, revenue had come to 98 of what had been budgeted.


Mountain Art Adventure


From monumental ceramics to breathtaking landscapes – 27 artists in 18 studios open this weekend

Tessa Hope Hasty is among the Bonny Doon Artists whose art will be part of this weekend's Bonny Doon Art Tour. Courtesy of Bonny Doon Art Tour.

“Bay Moon” by Tessa Hope Hasty. Hasty is among the Bonny Doon artists participating in this weekend’s Bonny Doon Art Tour. Courtesy of Bonny Doon Art Tour.

Artists in Bonny Doon are holding open studios this weekend 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


The Art Of Food: Museum Celebrates Iconic Catalan Chef’s Cuisine

By Amy Guttman | NPR’s The Salt | July 6, 2013

Catalan chef Ferran Adrià poses with plasticine models of his food on display at Somerset House in London. A new exhibit looks back at the influential modernist chef and his landmark restaurant, El Bulli.

Catalan chef Ferran Adrià poses with plasticine models of his food on display at Somerset House in London. A new exhibit looks back at the influential modernist chef and his landmark restaurant, El Bulli. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images for Somerset House

The man once hailed as the “Salvador Dali of the kitchen” is getting his own art exhibit.

Ferran Adrià might not be a household name, but for nearly three decades, as chef and mastermind of the acclaimed Catalan Spanish restaurant El Bulli, he moussed, foamed and otherwise re-imagined cuisine in modernist ways that have inspired many of the world’s top chefs.


“A Spare $1,000 To do Something Awesome”


feastBy J.D. Hillard | KUSP News

An event tonight at the Tannery Art Center in Santa Cruz allows artists to present their ideas for new projects. Audience members each pay $20 and votes at the end of he night for one project to take the entire pool. Organizer Kevin Devaney says the event inspires new projects.

“It allows artists all across his community to think ‘If I had an extra one- to two thousand dollars to spend on something awesome, what would I do?’”

Feast is hosted by the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, find more information at their Web site.