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Christa is a weekly arts columnist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel covering the arts in Santa Cruz with her weekly column “SPOTLIGHT”. She has been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Luckymag.com, Good Times, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, SOMA magazine and the Monterey County Herald, among others.

Spot Light – Christa Martin

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The ‘Emotion Stones’ of Marlies Hoevers

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 21, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By CHRISTA MARTIN At Christmastime, I swung by Stripe MEN in downtown Santa Cruz to pick up some goodies for my husband’s stocking. I was distracted from the men’s goods when I caught a glimpse at the fascinating concrete art that was on the walls of the store. MARLIES HOEVERS, a 33-year-old Santa Cruz artist … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Stacie Willoughby and the art of the poster

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 14, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By Christa Martin You know those band posters that pop up whenever there’s a hot-ticket show? Or, the art bedecking the walls of your favorite record store? Behind the band, and the poster, is an artist. In Santa Cruz, we have Stacie Willoughby who has designed eye-catching artwork for bands like the Flaming Lips, Patti … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Amanda Martinez dives into the Atlantic

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 7, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

In the mid 2000s I was working as the Features Editor at Good Times when along came a new cubicle mate, Amanda Martinez. Not only was she a remarkable writer and journalist, but she also became a close friend. One could tell right away that Martinez was destined to do big things and tell big … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Metal, jewelry and prints

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 3, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

At age 13, Denny Beck entered his first art competition. It was sponsored by his junior high school library in the redwood mecca of Humboldt County. His entry? A hand-carved wooden sculpture of a bear in the wilderness, mounted on a redwood burl slab. His piece earned a second-place award and validated in him a sense … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Jewelers and designers come together in Younglove Collective

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 28, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

I’m a sucker for female-empowerment stories, especially when it comes to the arts. So, when my hair stylist in town told me about a quartet of women making good on their creative talents — a clothing designer, a jeweler, a painter, a potter — I was hooked. The next step was to track down this … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Tannery Lecture Series to explore the ins and outs of storytelling

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 19, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Perhaps no other place has provided me with more stories about artists than the Tannery. It also features a compelling lectures series helmed by on-site artistMargaret Niven, who serves as the lead programmer and organizer of the Tannery Arts Lecture Series.”We focus on topics being addressed by contemporary artists,” says Niven. “Each panel includes at … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Artist Donna Bourne’s encounters with grasses

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 10, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By CHRISTA MARTIN When the Catamaran Literary Reader recently came out, names of people involved with the ambitious and noteworthy journal kept popping up everywhere. (It’s a great read, by the way, if you haven’t yet checked it out.) Amongst the pages was the artwork of local painter Donna Bourne whose images (part of her … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Coleman’s neon lights up Felix Kulpa

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 5, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The first time I saw a glimpse of his work, I was wowed. A neon artist — what was his story? How did he execute such vibrant, spectacular pieces of art by working with and shaping neon tubes?Brian Coleman, now 67, didn’t start out with an artistic upbringing. He grew up in Minnesota on a …Continue reading »

Christa Martin: A new tech magazine takes flight in Santa Cruz

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 28, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

I’m always wowed when writers/editors/designers take on monstrous projects like launching an independent magazine. It’s an impressive feat, especially when executed over the course of just a few days. Such is the case with the classy, new, vibrant, and stylish tech/culture publication Instant Magazine, which was, in fact, a rather instant creation. Helmed by a … Continue reading »

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