Category Archives: Artists

Bay Area Artists Backstage at the San Jose Ballet

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This week we take a look behind the curtains to learn how a ballet is born.
We'll meet Local Ballerina Karen Gabey, conductor George Daugherty and chat with choreographer Jessica Lang as she rehearses her new ballet,Eightyone.
We'll even learn some fun facts about ballet shoes.

In between we'll meet some visual artists. First, Susana Arias, an international painter and sculptor who shows us how she approaches her really big canvases. Then it's off to the colorful and quirky studio of Beth Grippenstraw, whose art reflects her somewhat skewed view of the world as she battles chronic vertigo.

This is Us: Surfing Safari

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For this episode we went aboard the O’Neill Sea Odyssey in the Santa Cruz Harbor. It’s a 65-foot catamaran on which kids get to take a field trip they’ll never forget - a science cruise on Monterey Bay. You’ll learn more about this educational adventure during the show.

We also met the man behind the sea odyssey program, Jack O’Neill, a surfing icon and innovator who is also credited with the invention of the wetsuit.

And we visited the Stradivarius of surf board shapers, Doug Haut. Doug has been shaping boards for 50 years. He's another Santa Cruz legend.

Finally we went to class – surf class that is – with veteran big wave surfer Richard Schmidt. A former Santa Cruz lifeguard, Schmidt made his reputation riding huge waves on Hawaii’s North Shore and now he’s teaching just about anyone how to surf.

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This is Us Visits California Artists

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This is Us visits the studios of four Northern California artists; Kirk McNeil, artist/blacksmith who works with white hot steel and really big hammers to create unique art; Beth Gripenstraw, she's best known for her original ceramic jewelry and large ceramic murals but it is her paintings about life with vertigo that are drawing attention these days; Hans Skalagard, a world-renowned nautical artist who managed to escape three separate sinking ships during world war II and finally Richard Mayhew, one of the finest living landscape artists in the nation.

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Profile: Karen Gabay, Ballerina

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Karen Gabey of the San Jose Ballet - after 28 years as a leading ballerina in San Jose, the 47 year old dancer is turning her attention to choreography.