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Arts Artifacts Art after Dark

There’s no official Art After Dark in January, but there’s art nonetheless.

➤ Film [30] ➤ Art Bash! [39]



TEA TIME FOR RETRO-INDUSTRIALISTS Between Jan. 23 and March 1 Cambrian ceramicist Rollie Younger exhibited his industrial aesthetic teapots at the SLO Art Center.

VAGABOND OPERA The Portland-based musical group, which bills itself as a ‘20sstyle European cabaret, vintage Americana, Balkan belly dance, neo-classical opera, and old world Yiddish theater, took the stage at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande on March 6. IMAGE BY ROLLIE YOUNGER


in review The economy sucked, but these artists and organizations made the best of it • Linnaea’s celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 1, with an art exhibit, music, food, and barista jam. • On Aug. 1 Rosa Lee Sonney and Evani Lupinek hosted a grand opening for their art space, The Loft Gallery. Located in what used to be Paso Robles’ FireFly Gallery, the new space is now home to nearly a dozen artists, along with the occasional guest artist. • At the end of August, Cuesta College notified Cuesta College Art Gallery director Tim Anderson that his position was slated for elimination due to budget cuts, meaning that the college’s gallery program was also under threat. On Sept. 2, the Cuesta College Board of Trustees voted to access an account that saved Anderson’s job, and the entire gallery program. Two weeks later, on Sept. 15, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the SLO Art Center Gordon Fuglie, YEAR IN REVIEW continued page 21

MARIAN BANTJES SHOWS OFF From Jan. 9 through Feb. 20 internationally renowned Canadian illustrator/ typographer/ graphic artist/ painter/ writer Marian Bantjes exhibited her work at the Cal Poly University Art Gallery. The pictured piece was printed in the “Monograph” segment of Creative Review. IMAGE BY MARIAN BANTJES

SLOIFF The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival celebrated its 17th year with more than 100 films and film stars Malcolm McDowell and John Waters, carrying on its tradition of growth. Pictured is John Waters.


Anam-Cre’ Pottery Studio: 570 Higuera #140 (SLO Creamery) 544-1850 apRoberts Arts: 570 Higuera #152 (SLO Creamery) 234-5061— Jimmy apRoberts and Brian Christopher work in a collaborative nature. Ongoing collaborations include Exquisite Corpse, Bike Paintings series, and Breadcrumbs. ARTS Space Obispo: 570 Higuera #165 (SLO Creamery) 544-9251— Nothing Happened Here’s “Library!” is an abandoned newspaper rack, repurposed into an informal book and culture exchange showing from Jan. 4 to Jan. 15. Frame Works: 339 Marsh 542-9000—Art Eco is a group exhibition featuring green design through re-appropriation. GALA Center: 1060 Palm 541-4252—GALA is pleased to display the works of well-known local artist, Steven deLuque. The Gallery at the Network: 778 Higuera, in the Network 7880886—”Artful Holiday Gift Show” continues during January. Linnaea’s Café: 1110 Garden 541-5888—Lena Rushing: Paintings; Jan. 2-31. Picking Daisies, Beautiful Napkins for Everyday Use: 570 Higuera #120 (SLO Creamery) 783-2434— Lorna Teixeira is showing her latest works combining plaster, pigments, and wax. SLO Art Center: 1010 Broad, in Mission Plaza 543-8562—See “California Primitive: 25 Year Retrospective of David Settino Scott” and “Double Vision: B/W Images of the West.” Stephen Patrick Design: 888 Monterey 5443326—Featuring the work of eight talented artists: V Bernardy, J. Thies, R. Wayne, D. England, J. Neva, S. Pierce, C Marie, J. Mayer—Canvas, Jewelry, Custom Furniture, Botanicals. Steynberg Gallery: 1531 Monterey 547-0278— “Hard Times” by Mark Bryan. Shows through Jan. 10. —Ashley Schwellenbach

➤ Starkey [24] ➤ Clubs [28]

THE RHETORICAL BODY Los Angelesbased artist Shay Bredimus exhibited his work—brush drawings made from applying tattoo ink and wax or conté crayons to drafting film—at the SLO Art Center from April 10 to May 31. Pictured is East of Eden. PHOTO COURTESY OF MOVIEWEB.COM

was informed by the board of directors that his position was being reduced. He would work as an adjunct curator for three additional months, providing his services on an exhibit-byexhibit basis. Executive Director Karen Kile announced that she is seeking exhibition proposals from would-be curators. • Cuesta College Performing Arts bid a fond farewell to the Interact Theatre with a run of Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, which ran April 30 to May 8. Cuesta’s theater program has been staging plays at the Interact since 1971, but has now been replaced with the college’s new Cultural and Performing Arts Center, which held its grand opening Nov. 20 and 21. ∆ Arts Editor Ashley Schwellenbach is crossing her fingers for mind-blowing art in 2010. Send plans for original productions and exhibits to YEAR IN REVIEW continued page 22 THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE Six musicians and one flying pig took the stage at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center on March 12, pairing an epic light show with the songs of the English rock band.


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SAN LUIS ART SUPPLY Jeff Claassen relocated his gallery from Morro Street to 785 B Marsh Street. Around the same time, painter Neal Breton opened San Luis Art Supply at 1120 Morro Street. Both celebrated their grand openings in August.

2009 Year in



Arts CCSF After canceling its 2008 summer season because of an abrupt venue shortage, the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival bounced back stronger and Shakespearier than ever, with a new venue at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles. The company staged Treasure Island and A Midsummer Night’s Dream between July 10 and Aug. 15.


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OM Santa Barbara-based Boxtale Theatre Company staged OM, an Indian Tale of Good and Evil at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara Oct. 1 to 4. SLO-based mask-maker, Timo Beckwith, created dozens of accessories for the production, including monkey masks, tails, demon masks, and crowns.

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CARRIED ACROSS Canadian artist Linda Carreiro exhibited her bookthemed installation, “Carried Across: New Work by Linda Carreiro” at the Cuesta College Art Gallery Aug. 21 to Sept. 16.


WHAT THE HELL, JACQUES? Deyo Dances founder and choreographer, Lisa Deyo, staged three of her original works—“Blue,” “Non-Troppo,” and “What the Hell Jacques”— at the Spanos Theatre Oct. 24 and 25. The latter was an anniversary present to her husband, Jacques.

HONEY FLAT Former SLO resident Ashley Friend returned to the Central Coast via a cross-country road trip from New York to perform two pieces she choreographed at the Spanos Theatre in September, “Honey Flat” and “I Hate John.”

LOVE TOWN A year and a half after Michael Kaplan won the Pewter Plough Playhouse’s playwright competition, and after two failed staging attempts, the theater finally staged Kaplan’s winning play, Love Town, May 1 to June 20. PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER


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