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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.

Profile: Susana Arias

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Here's a fun profile of international artist Susana Arias, whose paintings and sculptures are on exhibit in museums from San Jose, California to Panama. Noted sculptor, painter and potter, Arias was born in Panama but lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.

Susana is considered one of the most important artists of Panama. She is the recipient of grants such as the “National Endowment for the Arts” in1987 in sculpture and the ”Environs Enhancement Award” in 1997; given to one Cal Trans project in the state of California for best design. She was honored as Distinguished Artist of Santa Cruz County in 2000 by the Santa Cruz Art League.