The MUSE

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 »

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

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 16, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 »

coolpicks: GAIL RICH AWARDS

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 15, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

NEXT WEEK GAIL RICH AWARDS Call it Santa Cruz’s version of the Lincoln Center Awards. From the among the vast numbers of artists, performers and writers making their home in Santa Cruz, six individuals are chosen for their contributions to the local cultural scene, and the whole community comes out to appreciate their artistic … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Stacie Willoughby and the art of the poster

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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 »

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 »

Christa Martin: Amanda Martinez dives into the Atlantic

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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 »

2013 Gail Rich Award Winners

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 5, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Santa Cruz County is that place where the guy behind the café counter is a singer/songwriter, the woman showing you a house for sale is a landscape painter and your next-door neighbor is writing her third novel. Creativity isn’t some indulgence for the idle elite; it’s a common language among neighbors. It’s why many of … Continue reading »

Artist Futzie Nutzle displays career retrospective at Blitzer

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 3, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Those who’ve been around the Santa Cruz cultural scene for a while will recognize the unique name of Futzie Nutzle, who first gained widespread acclaim for his pointed but hilarious line drawing cartoons in several local newspapers, as well as Rolling Stone magazine. Since those days as a cartoonist, Nutzle has been engaged in a … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Metal, jewelry and prints

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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 »

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 »

Futzie Nutzle

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 1, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

For the record, no, his birth certificate does not carry the name “Futzie Nutzle.” That’s the nom de plume that Bruce Kleinsmith adopted back in the 1960s to attach to his wry, paradoxical and often subversive line-drawing cartoons that, for many years, seduced Santa Cruz newspaper readers into grappling with amusing philosophical puzzles. Even then, … 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

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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 »

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

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 5, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 25, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 »

Christa Martin: Local artists envision the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 21, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

One of my favorite people in the local arts scene is painter, behind-the-scenes mover and shaker and the fashionably inclined CRYSTAL BIRNS. So when I heard that Birns and several fellow artists, including the exceptional illustrator/marine mammal rescuer DOUG ROSS, were behind a new project to create a poster that would tell the tale of … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Nathan Bennett and the fine art of glass

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 15, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 »

The new Santa Cruz Institute for Contemporary Art is looking to shake up the local art scene by bringing in a bit of worldly sophistication

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 7, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts is a new thing. But it’s also a not-so-new thing. Technically, the SCICA has existed for nine years — though, it was more a concept than an actual place. “People ask about the history,” said Ann Hazels, one of two directors of the “new” ICA, in reference to … Continue reading »

Jake Thomas and his artistic alter egos

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 1, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 »

Rob Larson echoes Warhol by turning trash into art

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 18, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 11, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

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 »

Margaret Niven

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 10, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Upon completing her graduate work at UC Berkeley, Margaret moved to Santa Cruz, Ca. and devoted herself to her studio work. Her idea driven approach to making art resulted in bodies of work completed in a range of materials from ferro cement to paper mache. While raising her son, working as a decorative painter and … Continue reading »

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