Posts Tagged ‘Yavapai College’

  • Seeing 2.0: A matter of perspective Neil Orlowski’s storied art career yields insight in sight

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Neil Orlowski. Check this story online at 5ensesMag.Com for an update about Orlowski’s forthcoming website. He also plays keyboard in Funk Frequency, who plays regularly around Prescott.] How did you end up in Prescott? I cam here for recovery, for treatment. It’s not something that I’ve intentionally hidden or anything, but, yeah, I came here in 2007 and have been here ever since. Originally, I’m from Leavenworth, Kansas, where I grew up. I went to school at Washington University in St. Louis, majored in illustration and got a BFA. Then I moved back to Kansas City and lived there until 2000, when I moved to Tucson, where my parents lived. I was there until 2007, when I moved to Prescott. How far back does art go in your life? I was drawing ever since I was a little kid. I’d draw anything, really. I remember when I was little, my mom would suggest I draw a bird or something like that. I used to draw on the church bulletins every Sunday. I was an incredibly shy little kid, so art and drawing was something I could do on my own. I got recognized for art at a pretty early age. I won tickets to a show in Kansas City for a drawing I did

  • Prescott Peeps: Sharon Nordyke

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how did you first get involved in the community? I’m Sharon Nordyke, and I helped found Chalk It Up!, the Electric Light Parade, and the Pandemonium Steel Drum Band. … I came to Prescott for a fire inspector job with the city in 1981. That, itself, was very community oriented. One of my favorite things about my long career there was researching children’s museum’s and building a hand’s-on exhibit for the “Learn Not to Burn” program, which was held in the old Ponderosa Plaza. There was tremendous support from the chief, who budgeted the money to help build many interactive exhibits like a giant smoke detector that kids could crawl through. Kids were bused there for fire prevention week. I also performed with the concert band and orchestra at Yavapai College, followed by a long tenure with the Prescott POPS Symphony. I’d come from a background of playing French horn for many years. Getting involved with musical groups and performing helped me get to know the community.   So you were involved with the community from the outset. What inspired you to create new events and groups in town? The inspiration to bring an event to the city has always been motivated by my interest in sharing an exceptional experience I have had elsewhere. In the case of the Holiday Light Parade, I was sitting on

  • All the art that’s fit to print: Contemporary Printmakers of Prescott return to ‘Tis

    Nov 4, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Barb Wills, group facilitator, and Maria Lynam, both of the Contemporary Printmakers of Prescott, whose show, “Outside the Lines,” runs through Nov. 22 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223.] How did this group and this show come about? Wills: There was a discussion in an advanced printmaking class at Yavapai College. We talked about the fact that the work that was going on there was so individual that it’d be nice to get the community to see what printmaking is all about and what goes on at the college in the art classes. We started out in 2014. I put together a submission for a printmaking show, and we’ve done it every year since. This is our third annual show. We also had a printmaking show at the Yavapai College gallery in March. Lynam: We got the opportunity through Barb, who’s on the executive board at ‘Tis Gallery, so she figured all this out. We got together all the advanced printmakers at Yavapai College and decided to have everything professionally matted and framed, and we went for it. We’ve done that show every year since then and we’ve also shown at The Raven. We’re all passionate about printmaking. It’s so interesting because there are 20 or so of us

  • A new look at ‘A New Look’: Students inspired by Dana Cohn showcased at The Raven Café

    Aug 26, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Emma Fenton and Billy Rose, all of whom are showing pieces at “A New Look: Art Under the Auspices of Dana Cohn,” which runs Sept. 12-Oct. 16 at The Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St., 928-717-0009. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.] Before we get to some of the artists featured in the show, Betsy Dally and Maria Lynam, the art directors of The Raven Café, wanted to explain the idea behind it. “So many of our friends and acquaintances have started their careers at the local colleges,” Lynam said. “Both Yavapai College and Prescott College are fortunate in having inspired instructors. Dana Cohn teaches painting at both institutions and we thought it would be a good introduction to the community to show them what can be achieved.” “Once we decided [on the show] … we selected work that includes oils,acrylic, watercolor and pastel,” Dally added. “It is from students who are in their teens to those whose interest in art blossomed in retirement.” ***** What was your art background before taking a class with Dana Cohn and what were your early impressions? Fenton: I’d only taken one art class before, and that was “Drawing 1” at Yavapai College, so painting was completely new. I’d kind of dabbled in painting on

  • An animated life: Considering Lindsay Bane

    By Helen Stephenson Cartoons. If you’re “of a certain age” you remember Betty Boop, and Bugs Bunny. Then there’s Gumby, Tintin, Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Mr. Magoo, Scooby Doo — and the list goes on to present day, when Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks are still creating beautiful animation with well-told (though often rehashed) stories. The songs that come with many of the films have a tendency to become deeply embedded in our collective consciousness’s. (Dare we suggest you just, “Let it Go”?) Beyond animation by the big studios, the art form consistently pops up in marketing, advertising, and web design. New careers are emerging in the field including forensic animation, which is used in court cases, medical procedure animation, biochemistry, and military animation. It’s a broad field. Lindsay Bane, animation and film history professor at Yavapai College’s Film and Media Arts program, works in commercial applications for animation. She has produced and created animation for one of the top creative agencies in the U.S., TAG Creative, (L’Oreal, Maybelline). Beyond that she wears many other hats (and sometimes a butterfly …). She has her own production company, Banehood, and has been an associate producer for the Academy award-winning production company Cabin Creek Films (Miss Sharon Jones!). But at the center of each part of her life are passion, creativity, and professionalism. “There’s virtually no story that can’t be told

  • Chasing the sublime: Russell Johnson learns, relearns, and re-relearns to paint, see

    Oct 2, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio3,496 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon The route looked safe enough, but it almost killed him. Russell Johnson was hiking the Grand Canyon with a friend in 2001 when he detoured under an overhang. “I took a step and there was this sheer drop off. Rocks went tumbling into the water,” Johnson said. “It was scary. There was nothing beautiful about it in that moment.” But there was a singularity that arrested his attention. He didn’t know it then, but that was something he needed to evoke in his landscape paintings. That moment has since become a touchstone. “It’s close to what’s called ‘the sublime,’” Johnson said. “I’m trying to transport you to an experience or a place in my paintings. Often, those places are beautiful, too, but I’m trying to balance that place and that moment.” Johnson’s paintings are a dynamic, refreshing beacon in an otherwise crowded field of Western landscapes. Refining that style, however, has a been a journey that’s been neither singular nor entirely linear. “For a long time, I wasn’t sure what I was trying to articulate with my artwork,” Johnson said. “I needed some purpose and contextual background for what I was doing. … I needed some help.”   Outside pursuits Growing up in Prescott, a middle child among 10, Johnson had two favorite places — his room and the great outdoors. “I was able to get lost

  • Brushwork: Robin Lieske (reluctantly, triumphantly) embraces a new medium

    Jun 5, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio2,666 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon She’d put it off for nearly 55 years. But,after resettling in Prescott around 2006, printmaker Robin Lieske finally picked up a paintbrush. “It was time to do painting,” Lieske said. “I’d put it off long enough.” Her introduction to the medium wasn’t exactly encouraging, though. “It felt like somebody had amputated my arm from the elbow down and just stuck a stick in it,” she said. Over the decades, the physicality of printmaking had taken its toll on her, but Lieske wasn’t ready to hang up the proverbial palette. Painting was supposed to herald her artistic rebirth. Instead, the lodestone had proven to be millstone. “Truthfully?” Lieske said. “I hated painting.”   Life & art The middle child of five, Lieske grew up in Minneapolis mesmerized by the works of Goya, Michelangelo, and Velázquez in her parents’ Met Museum of Art books. She started drawing as a child, but decided to pursue the sciences rather than the liberal arts when she enrolled in Prescott College in 1971. “I didn’t last long, though,” Lieske said. “All I wanted to do was draw.” While she was there, she was inspired by Western photographer Jay Dusard, whom she cited as her first graphic arts teacher. Lieske dropped out but stayed in the area for about seven years. During this period, she met her now husband-of-40-some years, Bill, started a family,

  • Reboot!: Yavapai College relaunches film program

    By Helen Stephenson “I’ll be back.” OK, not an Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel but just as cool: The Yavapai College film program is back. It’s been relocated, renamed, and retooled. Formerly the Sedona Film School at Yavapai College, the updated program has been dubbed the Film and Media Arts Program. The program’s core is located on the Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale with some classes online and via streaming. How many ways has the film and media business changed since the film program launched in 2000? Let me count the ways: Netflix (OK, that was 1999 but it didn’t really get legs for a few years), YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime … and the list continues. Executive Dean Dr. James Perey had a vision: He wanted to see how we could revamp the program and asked me to explore how other colleges run their film and media programs. What we found was that it’s nearly impossible for colleges to keep up with the quickly changing equipment for film and media (unless you’re USC, UCLA, NYU, or Dodge Film School). On top of that, jobs that our graduates will be hired for will use a wide variety of equipment. So, it’s not economically feasible, nor really (in my opinion) logical, to spend your budget for the latest cameras and computers. This was confirmed when we spoke with Bethany Rooney, a director for shows

  • Choice films, choices

    By Helen Stephenson To wit, two completely different films screen in Prescott on Wednesday, Nov. 13. First, the award-winning documentary “People’s Park” screens at 7 p.m. at Prescott College. Director Libbie D. Cohn will be at there for a Q-and-A. Cohn paired with J.P. Sniadecki to create this 78-minute single-shot film made in a public park in Chengdu, China. The film is co-sponsored by the Ecosa Institute, Prescott College, and the Prescott Film Festival. There’s no admission fee, but donations are requested. In a quote from an article in the New York Times, Cohen said that the film was influenced by Chinese scroll paintings, particularly the Song Dynasty-era panorama “Along the River During the Qingming Festival.” From ancient China, we travel to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, where the college presents a Civil War symposium in honor of the sesquicentennial of the “Gettysburg Address.” The six-day event takes place at Yavapai College’s Prescott and Verde campuses. The college offers live music from the Civil War era by Bobby Horton, lectures by Yavapai College faculty ranging from “Infectious Disease During the American Civil War,” by biology professor Paul Evans,” to “Native Americans and the Civil War: Roles and Consequences,” by history professor Deborah Roberts, plus three films. The Gettysburg Symposium is a faculty endeavor organized on behalf of the Yavapai College Liberal Studies Department. Films are introduced by Deborah Roberts,

  • Lost & found

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio2,490 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood There was something sparkly in those 55-gallon drums. Leslee Oaks was sure of it. The Washington state transplant didn’t actively think about what was in them. It was fleeting: Oh, there’s those things again. But, sure enough, a metallic glint caught her eye again and again on her commute to welding class at Yavapai College. One day, probably in 2008, four years moving to the Prescott area, curiosity got the better of Oaks. She stopped and took a closer look. Her revelation didn’t inspire calm; it spurred action. Oaks made her way to whomever’s- barrels-those-were’s house and knocked. The man who answered smiled at her inquiry and proceeded to offer her the lot of them. But that wasn’t enough. Over the years, Oaks and her husband, Bob, came back for more. Sometimes they took pickup truck’s worth. “There were all kinds of shiny things — the kind that make a transmission work,” Oaks says. “He offered me everything I wanted.” Only this gearhead wasn’t interesting in fixing cars. She was interested in making art.   Objet trouvé “When you find something, there’s always a story that goes with it,” says Patti Ortiz as she zips around ’Tis Art Center and Gallery. “That’s the interesting thing about a found object show: It makes artists look around their world in a different way.” The gallery’s third annual found object

Celebrating art and science in Greater Prescott.

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