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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.
Guitar Euphoria, Icicle Creek's first-ever guitar festival
How does a guitar weekend in a spectacular mountain setting sound? If you’re a guitar student or a lover of guitar music, now is the time to register for Guitar Euphoria at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, August 20-23. Andre Feriante is the Artistic Director for the festival, which features a distinguished guitar faculty, concerts, workshops, classes, instrument makers, even something called ‘Guitar Yoga.’ Concerts are open to the public, and accommodation is available. Learn more about the faculty, the facility, and the festival in Marta’s conversation with Andre. (info at icicle.org/education and also at andreferiante.com).
Jeeves Intervenes at Taproot Theatre
100 years after Jeeves and Bertie first made their appearance in print, the all-knowing valet and his empty-headed employer are still making folks laugh out loud. Based on the PG Wodehouse stories, Jeeves Intervenes is onstage at Taproot Theatre through June 20, a delightfully tangled web of dimwitted schemes designed to outwit interfering relatives. Director Nathan Jeffrey talks with Marta about the fast-paced production, which requires intricate choreography for both people and objects – from books, cocktails and soup tureens to the drinks cart.
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.