The MUSE

Kirby Scudder is a regular contributer to the Santa Cruz Sentinel covering the arts with his weekly column “Art Studio”.  Kirby is Director of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, a contemporary arts organization, providing exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and community partnerships, designed to engage the community and the public by sharing in the experience.  www.scica.org

Kirby Scudder: Glenn Carter lifts the veil on his artwork

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 20, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Percy Bysshe Shelley the English Romantic poet once wrote “Art lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” Shelley was regarded as one of the finest lyric poets in the English language, and was a key member of a close circle of …Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Vince Broglio turns surfboard scraps into ‘resin’-ating art

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It’s 2 PM on a September afternoon, the waters are getting choppy 500 yards off Pillar Point, North of Half Moon Bay. A Rescue Yamaha Jet Ski heads to the beach to move back paddlers trying to make their way out to the surf break. This is Mavericks and the Jet Ski operator is former …Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: ‘Pecha Kucha Nights’ the Art of the presentation

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 6, 2013 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

Pecha Kucha organizers, Emily Hope Dobkin, MAH, Chip, DTA, Crystal Birns, City Arts. Photo: Kirby Scudder In the last decade, there has been a global trend towards refashioning the way in which we share ideas with each other. The glut of information, and the accompanying technology devices to transmit it, has prompted people to find … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: How the San Francisco Film Commission attracts Hollywood

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It’s 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett, and Alec Baldwin walk out of Shreve and Co. jewelers on the corner of Post Street and Grant Avenue in San Francisco. They discuss a scene between the two characters that needs to be completed by noon so that they can move to … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: The crows that follow artist Scott Rasmann

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John Steinbeck  once said, “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” Such a journey has been the trip that artist Scott Rasmann has been …Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: PVAC shows ‘Sleight of Hand’ in new exhibit

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It’s 1:30 on Monday and members of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery Committee grab coffee at Peet’s in downtown Santa Cruz. I meet them at Java Junction where I grab a coffee to go. Traffic on Highway 1 southbound is moving briskly. It’s now 1:48 and we exit on Main Street in Watsonville. This … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Camille Krilanovich and the skin as canvas

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Camille Krilanovich pulls up to 1010 Fair Avenue on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Camille walks to the far corner of the shop and checks her irons then takes a seat next to Jason who has sketched an image of a girl on a swing that he wants tattooed … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Santa Cruz a leader in the art of the luthier

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The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is 3,300 years old. Since then, different cultures have taken the design and sound of the stringed instrument in a multitude of acoustical directions, however it isn’t until the 12th century that the term guitar emerges; gitarre (German), guitare (French) … Continue reading »

Past Gail Rich Award Winner

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1997 Rick Walker, musician Peter, Diana, Marina and Lyle Troxell, family of artists Holt Murray, sculptor Bob Lowery, blues musician Laura Ellen Hopper, radio pioneer Sara Wilbourne, dancer Eric Schoeck, talk-show host Joe Ferrara, comic-book merchant Philip Collins, composer Guillermo Aranda, muralist Tracye Lea Lawson, music programmer Bud Kretschmer, benefactor 1998 Bruce Lee, performance artist … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Writer Noria Jablonski explores ‘Human Oddities’

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Joan Baez once said “It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I had nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words just crawled down my sleeve and appeared on the page.” Writer Noria Jablonski grew up in Petaluma, being read to by her father nightly, which began …Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Brian Rucker’s musical journey

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A large crowd is gathered on the dance floor. On stage the violent snapping of two red Vic Firth drum sticks breaking on the rim of a snare drum can’t be heard. The sound levels in front of the speakers are at 120 decibels. It’s Friday, Nov. 30 at the Catalyst, 11:45 p.m. and the … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Scott Cervine’s ‘Movies from the Heart’

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In 1985, a young man dressed in a signature grey suit and red bow tie walked onto a stage in Madrid, Spain and grabbed two steel linking rings off of a black stand. He passed them over each other and then miraculously pressed them together with enough force to merge the two together. That was … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Art, food and life the Casa Nostra way

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The aroma of freshly pressed olive oil and garlic mist over the table. A plate of Costolette Di Vitello alla Capricciosa is served while two friends discuss their trip to Salerno. They are seated outside Ristorante Caffe’ Tarsia two blocks away from the San Lorenzo Maggiore, a Franciscan church just outside of Naples, Italy, in … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Andrew Purchin leads a thousand artists to Washington via train

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 28, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

It’s a bone chilling 22 degrees, winds gusting above 28 miles per hour. It’s 11 o’clock in the morning and the Capitol building casts a faint shadow over more than a million people gathered on the Washington Mall. It’s January 20, 2009 and it’s the morning of the inauguration of Illinois U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Jody Alexander and a disappearing life

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There are faint patterns of Victorian wallpaper stained in tea, white markings of pictures recently removed from their lifelong wall hanging, chairs with upholstery ripped and then mended with thread, an embroidered gown hanging from a lone clothes rack, books enshrined in soft woolen cloth. I move from room to room and witness evidence of … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Nathan Bennett and the fine art of glass

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The ingredients that make up Pyrex glass are silica (81 percent), boric oxide (12 percent), soda (4.5 percent) and alumina (2 percent). Pyrex glass has the ability to withstand heat expansion better than most other glass compositions. Through the years the composition of glass is as varied as the thousands of uses we have found … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Under the big lights with Emerson Sanderson

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It’s a breezy Sunday in downtown Santa Cruz and people seem to be enjoying a lazy afternoon. A few blocks over, at Center Stage Theater, the energy is high. I cross Center Street and enter the theater, wind my way through the corridors and up a short flight of stairs to the control booth where … Continue reading »

Jake Thomas and his artistic alter egos

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In the arts, there is a long tradition of artists creating bodies of works using alter egos. The rapper Eminem produced “The Slim Shady LP” through his alter ego Slim Shady. Comedian Andy Kaufman created the Tony Clifton character to counter-balance his own innocent persona. One of the most well-known examples is writer Robert Louis … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder, Art Studio: Flying through the air with Monet Sexauer

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Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher and cultural critic, once said, “Those who would learn to fly, one day must first learn to stand, walk, run, climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” Today the best modern dancers seem to defy gravity, creating the impression of flying. Modern aerial dancers as seen in performances such … Continue reading »

Rob Larson echoes Warhol by turning trash into art

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On a hot July morning in 1988 a young painter who had recently relocated to Oakland from Santa Cruz went for a walk along the railroad tracks to orient himself to his new backyard, the same tracks that once moved the Sacramento Northern Railway between San Francisco and Chico. During his six-mile exploratory hike, he … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Shmuel Thaler brings an artistic eye to photojournalism

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On a February morning, sharpshooters from the Sheriff’s Office and first responders were called to a house in Watsonville where a heavily armed man suspected of a local burglary refused to surrender. Negotiators were brought in. Moments later, Sentinel staff photographer Shmuel Thaler arrived on scene. Shmuel secured a safe position behind police perimeters, attached … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Nada Miljkovic’s exploration of the melancholy of broken love in song

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“Sevdah” or “Sevdalinka” is a traditional folk music from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Historically, Sevdalinkas are women’s songs, exploring the issues of love and longing, mostly unfulfilled and unfortunate loves. The act of singing or bearing witness to these songs has, through the years been considered a healing practice, revealing and exorcising the darkness that lives … Continue reading»

Kirby Scudder: New Orleans through the eyes of Lewis Watts

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La Nouvelle-Orléans, New Orleans had been inhabited by the Chitimacha people until its discovery in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company’s Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. The Region was named after Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans. Over the years New Orleans has emerged as an amalgam of diverse cultures, French, Creole, Irish, German, African, Spanish … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Angelo Grova, carved in stone

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In Florence during the Renaissance, painters belonged to the guild of doctors and apothecaries called “Arte dei Medici e Speziali” as they bought their pigments from apothecaries, while sculptors were members of the “Masters of Stone and Wood” or “Maestri di Pietri e Legname.” These guilds provided a strict environment for learning and working for … Continue reading »

The Romantic-Pop Art style of Jennifer Pond

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The smell of Cherry, Orange, and Lemon radiate from a box of Mr. Sketch’s scented color markers. These fragrances form the beginning of Jennifer Pond’s journey into art. As a child, Jennifer would plead with her mother to buy these markers so she could draw her favorite subjects while enjoying the sweet scents.  The bold … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Jim Denevan’s Temporary Masterpieces.

POSTED BY  ⋅ AUGUST 29, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

EDITOR’s NOTE: For several years, artist Kirby Scudder has stood at the very epicenter of the Santa Cruz visual arts scene, as a founder of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art and the monthly First Friday Santa Cruz celebration, as well as a central figure at the Tannery Arts Center. With Kirby’s experience, contacts … Continue reading »

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