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Olympic National Park teams up with Paint the Peninsula
27 artists will be parked throughout Olympic National Park on Monday, September 7th, the first day of Paint the Peninsula, a plein air painting competition that will continue through the week. For competition details, catch our conversation on the KING FM Arts Channel with event chair Anne Dalton and artist Susan Ogilvie. For a bit of extra background, here is a conversation Marta had with Barb Maynes, Public Information Officer for Olympic National Park, one of our region’s great natural treasures.
Painting the peninsula en plein air
It’s a marriage made in heaven – plein air painting and the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula. Add the excitement of competition, and you have Paint the Peninsula – a juried plein air competition. Marta’s conversation is with event chair Anne Dalton and Northwest-based artist Susan Ogilvie. It all gets underway Monday, September 7, when 27 competing artists will set up their easels within Olympic National Park. The rest of the week, they’ll be at various outdoor locations on the peninsula, completing at least two works daily. You’re invited to go out and watch them at work. The new paintings will be hung each evening at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, and they’re all for sale. Proceeds benefit the center.
Cornish College of the Arts rises to new heights
Seattle’s beloved Cornish College of the Arts is “rising to new heights” in more ways than one! Most obvious is the state-of-the-art, 20-story live/learn residence hall opening August 27th, but the college itself has raised its national and international profile significantly in recent years. Marta talks with Cornish president, Dr. Nancy Uscher, about the expanding facilities and growing academic programs, and also about some exciting events coming this fall – which include the start of a 5-year residency for the Kronos Quartet.
Gage ArtTalks: Gary Faigin discusses artist Karen Hackenberg
Here is a wonderful conversation featuring Northwest-based painter and sculptor Karen Hackenberg. She’s very articulate about her process and work, which involves items that wash up on the beach by her home. Her extraordinarily realistic and vivid paintings manage to be humorous and ironic while sending a clear and serious message about human encroachment on nature. This is an ArtTalk, hosted by the Gage Academy of Art’s Gary Faigin. It was recorded during an exhibition of Karen’s work at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Commissioning Terra Nostra
Many of our greatest works of art have come about through patronage. When the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) premieres Christophe Chagnard’s new work Terra Nostra on June 20th, audiences will be experiencing the inspired generosity of Susan and Jeff Lubetkin, who asked Chagnard for a piece about climate change. Dr. Susan Lubetkin is a scientist who studies whales and their ecosystem, and also happens to be a cellist with LUCO. Her belief that art can convey a powerful message to those not reached by science’s charts and graphs was the impetus for the commission. Learn what else inspired her in this conversation with Marta Zekan.
The making of Virtuosity
Screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson (Nixon, Ali, Copying Beethoven and others) returns to his roots in documentary with Virtuosity, focused on the participants in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The film, part of the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, is especially compelling given Wilkinson’s extraordinary access to the competition and the players, and a group of pianists with larger-than-life personalities. In Steve Reeder’s conversation, filmmaker Wilkinson talks about the challenges and the triumphs of making the film. Look out for a theatrical release later this year.
ARTS CHANNEL LIBRARY
Hear all about it! From theatre to dance and visual arts to film, the Arts Channel Library houses some of the most exciting and unique past and present conversations in town. Interviews are organized by genre.