19 October 2012

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 18

Volume 18: Oddly entertaining

Hear and see artists, thinkers and doers cover a range of topics in Pecha Kucha’s rapid-fire format, making for a fast, furious and fun celebration of conversation.

Friday November 9, 2012

Conversations start at 7:30pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door
Refreshments will be available for purchase

Co-sponsored with Arts Obispo

:: David Gurney_Potter
David Gurney has been making pottery and selling his work since 1976. Influenced by Thoreau, he left Orange County to grow his own food in the wilds of Riverside County. He arrived at his current home and studio 24 years ago and has continued to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables. At the same time producing pottery that is influenced by the exuberance of folk art.  His experiences have given him a profound respect for the "Tree of Life" and the connection of all.
:: David Prochaska_Painter
David Prochaska was born on Guam, growing up in England and Germany, he  returned to San Luis Obispo to attend Cuesta College. He later attended the College of Creative Studies where he received his BFA in Painting and The University of California at Santa Barbara where he received his MFA. David has been teaching Painting, Drawing and Book Arts at Cuesta College since 1997.
:: Laura Sorvetti_Print Like It’s 1897
Laura Sorvetti works in Special Collections and University Archives at Cal Poly and volunteers as the staff curator of the Shakespeare Press Museum, a working printing museum at Cal Poly. At the museum she teaches typesetting and printing on presses dating from 1850 to 1970.  Her research focuses on the history of printing and printers, especially in California.
:: Jim Bagnall__ Illustrated Journey
Jim Bagnall is a professor with the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly. Since 1995 he has led the "Drawing Room," a one-week travel journal workshop for Cal Poly students and alumni held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and has journaled his way extensively around the world with sketchbook in-hand. He is the co-creator of the beloved handbook, The Universal Traveler with Don Koberg.
Terri Kurczewski, Executive Director
Founded in 1971, The Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast (CDRC) is a nonprofit organization and community program providing child development and therapeutic interventions to strengthen families. In the Fall of 2012, CDRC opened the sm(ART) Studio-- a green art studio, gallery, and gift shop using repurposed materials benefitting the therapy and child development programs of CDRC. 
:: Eric Meyer_What is Cool?
Eric Meyer is an entrepreneur and SLO native.  His father was a modernist architect and his mother was a writer.   He studied art history, architecture and graphic design and holds a Degree in Applied art and Design from Cal Poly.  After college Eric pitched Vision Skateboards on an idea about clothing specifically for skateboarders called Vision Street Wear (VSW).  He was eventually hired as creative director for VSW which became the first brand built around skateboarding's emerging clothing style.  VSW grew to over 100 million dollars in just 4 years.  Eric went on to create a clothing brand for Music Television (MTV) in the late 1980's before starting his own footwear brand "Simple" in 1991.  Simple was one of the first brands to utilize recycled materials and work towards a sustainable way of doing business.   Eric sold Simple in 1996 and later helped a number of other footwear startups as a board member and investor.  Eric lives downtown SLO and enjoys restoring old houses, old volkswagens, and old european bicycles.  He has been a trendwatcher his entire life.
:: Roger Siminoff _The Art of Tap Tuning
Roger Siminoff has been building and repairing string musical instruments for more than five decades. During this time he has been a consultant to many major instrument manufacturers including Gibson, Fender, Ovation, Martin Guitars, Stelling Banjos, Santa Cruz Guitars, and several others. Siminoff was responsible for the re-issue of Gibson’s historic mandolin line beginning with the F5L in 1978, and later championed the launch of Gibson’s Earl Scruggs model banjo line in 1985. In addition to holding six U.S. and three foreign musical instrument design patents, Roger was the founder of Pickin’ and Frets magazines and has written ten books on instrument set-up and construction. Of particular interest to Roger is the science of musical acoustics to which this evening's presentation is focused. His latest book, The Art of Tap Tuning is published by Hal Leonard Publishing and is now available at most music stores and luthier’s supply houses. He is also a recognized historian on the life and work of Lloyd Loar and Orville Gibson.

:: Bryn Hobson_Artist
Bryn Hobson loves making things. Originally from South Africa and then Northern California, he is currently a student of design at Cal Poly. His work with traditional media alongside the digital creates pieces that have the familiarity of human hands and a sense of hopeful invitation.
:: Erin Inglish_ Musician
Erin Inglish is a banjo player, singer, songwriter, artist, and engineer based out of San Luis Obispo, CA. Often inspired by her work as an eco-conscious engineer and her world travels (she has lived and worked in Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Madagascar, and India), Erin writes and performs thoughtful, poignant music.

26 September 2012

Save the date: PKN Vol. 18

Pecha Kucha Night: San Luis Obispo Volume 18: Oddly entertaining

Friday November 9, 2012
Oddfellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door
Refreshments will be available for purchase

Stay tuned for Presenter info!
Co-sponsored with Arts Obispo

09 April 2012

PKN #17 April 27!

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 17 

Friday April 27, 2012
Oddfellows Hall, 520 Dana St.,
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door

Presenters are:
:: Johnee Gange 
Johnee Gange is a film maker working with people with special needs such as autism, brain injuries and ADHD. He focuses on filmmaking as a pathway to foster creativity, collaboration and to build self confidence for the actors. He founded Adventure Club SLO in 2007 and together with the groups he has made seven films. Their last film, Hello Stranger, was featured in the SLO International Film Fest. www.adventureclubslo.com

:: Dorothy Cutter 
Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Studied at the Maryland Art Institute ; Corcoran Museum School;  American University and California College of Arts and Crafts. Had feature articles in  American Artist and Southwest Art and had a retrospective show of paintings and graphics at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Since that time Dorothy Cutter has been involved in photography. Taking my interest in pattern and design to our world underwater has been a challenge and a source of great inspiration.

:: Neal Breton 
Born in New Hampshire. Neal lived in the suburbs of Los Angeles most of his life. He fell in love with comic books and the influence is still evident in his work. Here in San Luis Obispo he opened an art store downtown and organizes events with established artists and new talent. Neal’s latest work chronicles the transcendence and regression of society. www.nealbreton.com

:: Bruce Severance 
Bruce Severance has a long history as a designer and advocate on climate change mitigation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, he has worked as an electric vehicle designer, a green products designer and a green building designer. At Semmes & Company Builders Inc., he spreads the good news about energy saving measures with a high return on investment.

:: Vanessa Amerson 
A long time resident of San Luis  Obispo, Vanessa plays an active role in the bicycle community. Vanessa has been volunteering with the pecha kucha effort since 2009. Now she is finally sharing some thoughts about some songs.

:: Jerry Scott 
Jerry Scott is one of just four comic strip cartoonists in history to have two daily comic strips running in more than 1,000 newspapers each. Baby Blues and Zits reach over 50 million readers daily in 45 countries and fourteen languages. Scott has been the recipient of numerous cartooning awards, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, Best Comic Strip of the Year Award (three times), and the Adamson Statuette, Sweden’s highest comic honor. He lives outside San Luis Obispo,
California with his wife, Kim and their two daughters, ages ten and eighteen.
www.zitscomics.com and www.babyblues.com

:: Simona Bellini 
Simona Bellini (1973) is a Swiss sculptress. Her works, strongly linked and inspired by organic elements found in nature, are mainly developed in clay with various firing techniques. She uses armored structures covered in Aqua Resin for her larger forms of expression. She lives and works in Switzerland but at the moment she’s focused on sharing her art outside of her country.

:: Jody Mulgrew
Jody was raised in Morro Bay and married a Los Osos girl. He also founded old-time americana act The Johnny Starlings, has written and sung with numerous collaborators, and his debut solo album “Rocket Ship” won “Best Album” in the 2011 New Times Music Awards.   www.jodymulgrew.com

26 March 2012

Save the Date: PKN SLO Vol. 17

Pecha Kucha Night: San Luis Obispo
Volume 17: Oddly entertaining

Friday April 27, 2012
Oddfellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm

:: Vanessa Amerson_cowboy lullabies
:: Dorothy Cutter _ photographer
:: Neal Breton_artist
:: Bruce Severance _ green designer
:: Johnee Grange_film maker
:: Jerry Scott_cartoonist
:: Simona Bellini _sculptress  with Jody Mulgrew_musician/song-writer

17 October 2011

PKN v. 16: Because Odd is the New Even

Pecha Kucha Night 16: San Luis Obispo will be held:
Saturday October 22, 2011

Oddfellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door
Refreshments will be available for purchase


Presenters are:
:: Justin Abraham Johnson_artist _paired with Lost Canyon Ramblers_musicians
:: Daniel L. Slusser_Wright Bros/bikes
:: Helen Swanagon _Hospice Petition for the Dying
:: Enrico Como_designer
:: Youssef Alaoui-Fdili_Island People
:: Elizabeth Scott Graham _life and legacy of Dr. Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli
:: Lost Canyon Ramblers_musicians_paired with Chris Burkard_photography

PKN 16 Presenters

Pecha Kucha Night SLO volume 16: 
Saturday October 22, 2011

Oddfellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door
Refreshments will be available for purchase

Presenters are:

Daniel L. Slusser

Specializing in mid to late nineteenth-century American history, Daniel has published articles on the caning of Charles Sumner and wrote his master’s thesis on the education of the Wright brothers. His interests within the subject of history are broad and include economic, political, and technical history. Daniel also enjoys cycling and metalwork. He currently resides in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife and two children.

Helen Swanagon
Helen Swanagon has worked as an RN in San Luis Obispo for the past 32 years. Thirteen years ago she became interested in the care of the dying and began a course of study through the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend Oregon. For the past seven years she has worked at Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, the local MediCare certified not for profit hospice, where she has the opportunity to tend daily to the challenges of those facing the end of life.

Youssef Alaoui-Fdili 
Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is a Moroccan-American Polish Latino.  His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings.  He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. His writings have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, 580 Split, Carcinogenic Poetry, Midwest Literary Magazine, Tsunami Books and Red Fez. youssefalaoui.tumblr.com

Justin Abraham Johnson              
Being a Central Coast native, nature has been an integral part of my life.  Discovering new environments have been exciting and rewarding experiences.  Whether the obscure world of some insect, the hilly landscape of SLO, or the world of my two sons, these encounters have shaped and continue to inform my artwork.  Working in various media, synthesizing the representational with the abstract, a print of the local environment shows through in some way. Justin received his BA in Art Studio from UC Santa Barbara in 2004.  He currently lives in SLO with his wife Heather, and sons Jude and Liam. justinabrahamjohnson.com 

Enrico Como
Italian born designer, Enrico Como, is co-founder of SPaCe Architects, with offices in LA, NYC, Boca Raton and Milan; specializing in high-end retail, high-end residential and restaurant design. SPaCe recently completed projects in Beverly Hills (MISSONI Flagship) and New York (the SCAVOLINI SOHO Gallery). Enrico received a Masters in Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona through the Ecole Special d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris.  His thesis work focused on the rehabilitation of vernacular architecture of Ticino, Switzerland, where he lived and worked from ‘93-‘97. This Swiss experience led him to later co-found (along with architect/professor Tom Di Santo) STUDIO_TICINO, a study abroad program that is now entering its third year.

Elizabeth Scott-Graham
Liz has been involved in environmental and community issues for over 40 years. While Executive Director of the SLO Botanical Garden she got involved with the Botso film project as a volunteer fundraiser. She says, "Botso's story is so compelling I just couldn't say 'no'." 
Dr. Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli's life story has become legendary  -- including a wise goodbye from his famous father just before the latter’s execution in the Soviet Union when Botso was just 14, then his own imprisonment under the regimes of both Stalin and Hitler.  Botso’s new life eventually brought him to a Morro Bay, California, where he taught and inspired thousands of children on not just how to become great musicians and artists, but how to become remarkable human beings
Director/Producer Thomas Walters has produced and directed more than 50 educational films and two internationally distributed documentaries, "Therapeutic Community" and "Evolution of a Group."  A thirty minute version of his current documentary "BOTSO" won the coveted Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Fallbrook Film Festival.  
Writer/Producer Hilary Grant is a veteran documentary producer whose network television credits include the multi-Emmy nominated "Unsolved Mysteries," the Sci-Fi Channel hit "Sightings" and "Against All Odds." She is also a former circus clown and print journalist, with bylines in publications including "People," "Seventeen," "Ms." and "Westways."

Chris Burkard
I am 24 years old and live in the small town of Pismo Beach, California. I have served as a freelance photographer for various publications and a staff photographer for Surfer magazine and Surfline.com. My inspiration comes from landscape photography and unique lighting situations. I have always tried to capture a landscape perspective in my action sports images to show the natural arenas in which the athletes find themselves. http://burkardphoto.com/

The Lost Canyon Ramblers
The Lost Canyon Ramblers are: Roger Siminoff, Mandolin; Robert Keane, Guitar; Peter Morin, banjo; and Charlie Kleemann, bass. The group is known for its excellence in bluegrass music, with each artist bringing extraordinary musicianship to the mix. The group performs at various Central Coast venues, with traditional and contemporary bluegrass music.  “Extraordinary!” — The Daily Abrescoan, Monarch of the Lighter-than-air Dailies.

03 October 2011

Save the Date: PKN Volume 16

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 16: The Odd Volume
(Because odd is the new even)

Pecha Kucha Night 16: San Luis Obispo will be held:
Saturday October 22, 2011

Oddfellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door
Refreshments will be available for purchase


Image courtesy of Daniel Slusser

22 August 2011

Odd things are on the Horizon

Pecha Kucha Night SLO has been on hiatus for the summer, but we are currently devising our Fall volume:
Volume 16: The odd volume (because odd is the new even.)

Please keep checking back for updates.

Note to Downtown SLO friends: PKN is looking for a venue to present our Fall volume. Email us at PechaKucha.slo @ gmail.com if you have a venue that can accommodate 125-300 folks. 

06 June 2011

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 15!

Pecha Kucha Night 15: San Luis Obispo will be held:
Friday June 10, 2011
Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$5 donation at the door
Wine and beer will be available for purchase
More info:

Presenters for Volume 15 are:

Don Choi_Shooting the Cat
Annamarie Fella_collage and pen/marker drawing
Don Seawater_Creativity is Renewable in Wood
Suzanne Parker_San Luis Obispo Tank Farm: A New Chapter
Jim Jacobson_sculptures_The making of Public Art, behind the scenes
Larry Hollis_The Cave Paintings of The Sierra de San Francisco
Peggy Mandeville_Railroad Safety Trail
Tropo_musicians with r. benjamin ross_Photographer


Annamarie Fella:
Annamarie Fella grew up in Detroit, Michigan and is the daughter of famous graphic designer, Ed Fella. In 1992 Annamarie moved to Los Angeles and completed her Teaching Credential in Math from Cal State University. She taught high school math classes in L.A. for 10 years, while creating her art on the side. In 2007 she moved to Los Osos and currently teaches Geometry at San Luis Obispo High. She continues to make art and show it in galleries around the San Luis Obispo area.

Peggy Mandeville:
Peggy Mandeville has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has worked in the field of transportation and land use planning for over 25 years working in both the private and public sectors. For the past 14 years, she has been employed by the City of San Luis Obispo. Peggy commutes to work by bike using an existing segment of the Railroad Safety Trail.

Larry Hollis:
Larry Hollis began taking surf trips down the Baja Peninsula in the early 1970s before there was a paved road to the tip. The places he likes best are still down the unpaved roads. One of his favorite spots requires a multi-day mule ride into the canyons of the Sierra de San Francisco where 7000 year old gallery cave paintings await the adventurous.

Jim Jacobson:
Jim’s art is usually abstract, often minimal and sometimes architectural in nature. It varies in size from something as small as a desk weight or as large as a 25 foot high sculpture. He has always been fascinated with mobiles and enjoys conjuring three-dimensional ideas and rotating them in his mind until there is balance and excitement. A great deal of his work incorporates spheres, circles and curves. Jim’s sculptures are inspired by the colors of Joan Miro, Alexander Calder’s mobiles, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s repetitive, rectangular elements and his signature “Cherokee red”. Local geographic features or landmarks are often integrated into his sculptures. Site-specific research allows him to incorporate icons or images reminiscent of individual locations. Research is the crux of his sculptures as he probes into the people, the place, and the purpose whether it is public art or privately commissioned.

Don Choi:
Don Choi is an architectural historian who uses the camera as a tool for investigating the built environment. He received his A.B. degree in economics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been awarded fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education to study at Kyoto University and from the Japan Foundation to fund research at Tokyo University. Dr. Choi’s research focuses on the architectural history of the modern world and he is currently working on a book manuscript on major themes in the architecture of Japan since 1850.

TROPO exploded onto the San Luis Obispo electronica scene in 2009 delivering all original late night beat non stop dance sets.  The unique trancy violin, ambient guitar, oscillating bass and synths, and throbbing beats make TROPO a one of a kind live experience.

Ben Ross: 
Ben Ross is a student of many trades. Earning degrees in architecture and construction management, his passion for sustainability continues his drive to seek new designs with long-tern potential. An avid outdoorsman, his favorite hobbies include architecture, construction, design-build, wood and metal working, glass and furniture making and photography. His photography works to combine all his ideals together into one cohesive element. Lately Ben has dedicated his time to night photography – the capturing of light and movement not just in a moment, but through time and space.

Don Seawater:
Don Seawater was born in January, 1954, at McClelland Air Force Base in California. He created "Great American Folk Toys" wood toys, was the production manager at California Cooperage, then became manager of Pacific Access Lumber 1979. Since 1997 he created Pacific Coast Lumber, making local logs into local lumber. He is also a lecturer in Natural Resource Management, Cal Poly, teaching wood science. Don has been the subject of many studies about using and marketing urban wood, and small sawmill operations.

His motto: “Creativity is good.”

Suzanne Parker:
Alabama native Suzanne Parker has worked in public relations for over a decade. She served 5 years as the National Network Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management. Later Ms. Parker led a team focused on energy and natural resources issues for New Mexico’s largest public relations firm. Parker joined Chevron Mining in 2005 and in late 2008 she assumed the role of Chevron’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager for the Central Coast of California. Ms. Parker and her spousal equivalent, Wally, spend their free time with 5½ year old twins Dylan and Natalie and two spoiled dogs.

02 March 2011

Presenters for PKN volume 14

Fast-paced for the masses!
Volume 14
Friday March 11, 2011

Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo

Conversations start at 7:01pm

Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm

$5 donation at the door
Wine and beer will be available for purchase


:: Turko Semmes
Turko Semmes has lived in SLO County since 1974. He graduated from the Cal Poly Architecture Department in Construction Engineering. He is the founder of Semmes & Co Builders, who are the leading local builders in sustainable building techniques. He cofounded the California Straw Building Assoc. (CASBA) and SLO Green Build. He is addicted to Passive Solar Design but is improving with D.O.I.V.M.

:: Mike DiMilo, Integrated Solid Waste Management (nonprofit organization.)
Presentation title: What Happens To All That Stuff? Mike di Milo is the education program coordinator for the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA). This is his 15th year of providing education programs. Mike and his staff deliver about 700 recycling presentations and field trips each year to children and adults throughout our county. Mike graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Natural Resources Management, and has lived in San Luis Obispo since 1978.

:: Nancy Stromberg Sowaal
Artist Nancy Sowaal’s first artistic claim to fame was winning a prize in the Oakland Tribune’s “Aunt Elsie’s” column at age 10. In the early 1950s Sowaal attended the College of Arts and Crafts, now known as California College of the Arts. Her paintings have been shown at the S.F. Museum of Art and the De Young Museum. After two years she left art school and worked for a while as a window decorator and began a five-month hitchhiking trip around Europe. She returned to California College of the Arts and earned an M.F.A. She studied under the tutelage of Richard Diebenkorn, who had a great influence on her early work. She began her career as an art teacher, where she stayed for 37 years, returning to painting a few years before her retirement. She lives and paints in Grover Beach, California.

:: Dr. Joe Sabol
Joe Sabol is a retired Cal Poly Professor and an active member of the Central Coast Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG). He is the President of CRFG, Inc. the largest amature fruit growing organization in the world. Joe helped to start a very unique “High School Apple Grafting Project” about 12 years ago where the local CRFG Chapter members visit more than 25 schools every year to teach the art and science of grafting apple trees. More than 2500 junior high and senior high school and Cal Poly students take part in this annual event.

:: Rick Davis, Artist and Sculptor
Rick Davis has been making art since the 1950s. He has shown in many Southern California venues, and in many different media, from ceramics to printmaking, and sculpture.  Davis is now making animated sculptures called Crankers. He earned an M.F.A. at U.C.L.A. and has taught at U.C.L.A., and Santa Monica College. He has been blessed with a loving and understanding family that includes two beautiful daughters, and two beautiful Granddaughters.

:: Adam Monkaba, Smitten
There’s a girl for Adam somewhere, and a son he hopes. And there’s a train ride maybe, that could change the course of him. Perhaps a wedding day with wedding bells, or a little girl with a little message too big to fit in his little ears.

:: Calliope House, Musicians, and Drew Davis, Artist

Calliope House performs celtic and american influenced fiddle music for contra dances, fundraisers and parties. Calliope House is Phil Curnow on keyboards, George Ellis on fiddle, Matt Perlette on bass and Hans Langfeldt on guitar, banjo and and Irish bouzouki. e-mail: hanslangfeldt@sbcglobal.net

:: Drew Davis, Artist
I am a San Luis Obispo(ish) native. I grew up semi-normal, half-dysfunctional, Christian family surrounded by art, music, computers, animals and sisters. Today my life is of a sarcastic, coffee-drinking artist trying to seek God in the seemingly endless trials of life and the Staples Copy Center. Every painting is an experiment, an emotion and a discovery. Sometimes, they just work – quick and clean, while other times they are painful and messy; some are more of a joke than anything else. Above all, I enjoy doing it. http://www.drewdavis.com

Save the Date for Pecha Kucha Night Volume 14

Image courtesy of Rick Davis

Pecha Kucha Night 14: San Luis Obispo will be held:

Friday March 11, 2011
Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo

Conversations start at 7:01pm

Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm

$5 donation at the door
Wine and beer will be available for purchase


Presenters for Volume 14 are:
1. Turko Semmes, Builder
2. Mike di Milo, Solid Waste
3. Nancy Stromberg Sowaal, Artist

4. Joe Sabol, Rare fruit grower

5. Rick Davis, Folk artist

6. Adam Monkaba, Smitten

7. Calliope House Musicians, paired with Drew Davis, Artist

07 December 2010

Come chit chat with your friends and neighbors.

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 13 will be held:
Friday December 10, 2010
Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$3 donation at the door
coffee, beer and wine, and snacks are available for purchase

Presenters for volume 13 are:
1. TJ Esser__photographer + Grand Lake_musicians
TJ Esser: An exposition of the introspective photography, showcasing architecturally inspired images of the built world.

Pursuing photography serves as a way for me to explore architecture and helps me visually
explain to others what I observe and notice through my eyes. Buildings encompass more
than raw materials… they embody varying levels of thought, craftsmanship, and creative
energy. My intention is to encourage people to notice and appreciate the subtleties of
meaningful design that are often overlooked. I work to achieve this by way of a creative use
of cropping, composition, and editing down; thus simplifying each idea to its simplest form.
Grand Lake:
Grand Lake is the Oakland born ensemble expressing the epiphanies and songs of Caleb Nichols. Since 2008 the rock group has shared the stage with such bands as OKGO, Rogue Wave and the Thermals, as well as recorded two EPs and a full length album called Blood Sea Dream. Grand Lake's musical and lyrical juxtapositions weave in and out of each other to tell a story familiar to all – the facing-down of demons on the long drive home.
2. Michael Reddell_a study of gesture and expression_artist
Michael Reddell coaxes human expression from bronze, pewter, and steel. Concurrent with art making, he worked in newspaper, steel fabrication, and tech writing in Seattle and San Jose until 2003 when he cut the umbilical cord to make art full time on the central coast. His next local show is at McMeen Gallery in the Spring.

3. Nick Liepman_film
Nick Liepman, a San Luis Obispo native, was raised by a loving family and fantastic cinema. Now 18 years old, he's had a hard time keeping his movie making habits to himself. From creating comedy sketches on Youtube with his brother and cousin, to entering several short films into the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Nick has had a lot of time to practice. However, he is even more excited about everything he will learn when he leaves for college next year. In his spare time, Nick also has a passion for writing, Improv comedy, and music.
4. Lorianna Fletcher_cardiologist
Lori Fletcher is a board-certified cardiologist with subspecialty training in noninvasive cardiac imaging.

After completing her medical training journey around the country, including New Orleans, North
Carolina, and Beverly Hills, she moved to the Central Coast in 1998 to join Coastal Cardiology . She has made her home here and keeps active with a busy practice and raising her two children. She enjoys travelling and keeping fit by participating in triathlons and running events. Her next goal is the Paris Marathon in 2011.

5. SLO County Bike Coalition_non profit
The San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition exists to make the Central Coast a safer and more livable community by promoting biking and walking. We accomplish this by advocating for bicycle facilities countywide, teaching bike smarts, bike maintenance, and providing free bike parking.

Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, the Coalition headquarters are filled to the brim with bike culture, knowledge, and feature organizational elements that are 100% unique to our space, with most things being repurposed/custom made to reflect the creativity that bike culture encourages. As the biking hub in San Luis Obispo County, the Bike Coalition seeks to promote sustainable mobility for a better future.

6. Dave Van Mouwerik_Swimming to Oxnard
Swimming to Oxnard
Thirty years ago Dave jumped into a pool, and discovered a life aquatic. Since then he has regularly baptized himself in pools, lakes, and oceans. One day in 2010 he realized that he needed to swim to Oxnard.

7. Joe Rank aka KRANKY_The Almost Lost Art of Cartoons
Joe Rank, AKA: “KRANKY” editorial cartoonist. B. 1955, Rockford, Illinois. First published 1994, Rockford Register-Star. From 2005, relocated to California's Central Coast and is the regular contributor to the Five Cities Times-Press-Recorder.

His cartoons have been published all over the world, and examples of his work have been included in the national compilation “The Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year” nine times.

8. Valerie Johnson & Al B Blue_Blues + Joe Bachelor_artist
Valerie Johnson & Al B Blue
Valerie Johnson, former lead singer with Big Brother and the Holding Company caused one reviewer to exclaim, “Janis is back!” Al B Blue’s guitar/dobro style travels from the Mississippi Delta to Jamaica and back to Funkytown.

Valerie Johnson performed with award-winning Deanna Bogart and the Holmes Brothers. Al B Blue joined Big Black and the Congregation, then toured with Curtis Mayfield. When not performing they are busy getting kids involved in music with their program Blues for Kids. They make music that walks right into your heart and shakes hands with your soul.
Joe Bachelor
Murals and Fine Art Painting / Rhythm & Hues
For over 20 years, I've created murals for film, video, the hospitality industry and private residences internationally. My personal paintings reflect a fascination with local and global subcultures.

On the surface, I draw from the color and characters in festivals, clubs and cultural events. Below the surface, I seek to express something more ethereal... the glue that binds us socially.

01 December 2010

13 reasons why: Pecha Kucha Night

Save the date for Pecha Kucha Night San Luis Obispo.
Volume 13 will be held December 10, 2010 @ Steynberg Gallery.

1. TJ Esser__photographer + Grand Lake_musicians
2. Michael Reddell_a study of gesture and expression_artist
3. Nick Liepman_film
4. Lorianna Fletcher_cardiologist
5. Bike Coalition_non profit
6. Dave Van Mouwerik_Swimming to Oxnard
7. Joe Rank aka KRANKY_The Almost Lost Art of Cartoons
8. Valerie Johnson & Al B Blue_Blues + Joe Bachelor_artist

image courtesy Dave Van Mouwerik

08 September 2010

Pecha Kucha Night SLO: A Cultural Petri Dish of Conversation

Pecha Kucha Night San Luis Obispo Volume 12

• When: Friday September 10, 2010
:: Doors open: 7:00 pm
:: Presentations begin: 8:20 pm

• Where: Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. SLO
:: $3 donation at the door.
:: Wine and beer will be available for purchase

Presenters for PKN Vol_12 are:
:: Tod Rafferty_Maintenance and the Zen of Motorcycle Art. Tod has lived 32 years in the county, following relocation from Topanga Canyon, Mill Valley, Atlanta and Avon, Ohio respectively. His journalism career included staff gigs at Cycle News, Big Bike and Cycle Guide and freelance work for Cycle World, Motorcyclist and Motorcycle Classics magazines. He’s the author of several books on Harley-Davidson, Indian, Ducati and “The Encyclopedia of American Motorcycles.” He edited The Achievers, Central California’s Engineering Pioneers, in 2004. Rafferty lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife Bronwyn, the Principal at Oakley School in Santa Maria.

:: Kristina Gill_Paleoethnobotany. Kristina is an archaeologist and graduate student at UC Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. research in California archaeology is focused on how prehistoric people used plants for food, tools, medicine and rituals among complex hunter-gatherer-fishers. Her research area includes Santa Cruz Island in the Santa Barbara Channel, and also extends into the interior Chumash region where rock art has the potential to elucidate some ritual uses of plants. Paleoethnobotanical studies, combined with traditional archaeological research can provide a more complete picture of past lifeways, and changes in human interaction with our environment over time.

:: Marcie Hawthorne_Muralist. Marcie is a San Luis Obispo artist who has been working as a muralist, gardening/natural history book illustrator and plein aire painter for thirty years. She has earned an academic degree in biology from Duke University, a fine arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts, and has also received additional training in medical and biological illustration at Duke Medical School. Marcie has combined a love of nature and art in a unique way with her residential and public art mural painting. An example of her recent work is the Saber-Toothed Cat mural at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum. www.marciehawthorne.com

:: Russell Swanagon_Storyteller_“Breaking and Entering: An interpretation of Jack and the Bean Stalk.” Russell is a professional storyteller and educator. He is a lecturer in the Liberal Studies department at Cal Poly and at Brandman University. Russell received his Master’s Degree from East Tennessee State University in Storytelling with an emphasis in applications in education. He serves as an artist-in-residence, performs thematic programs for schools and special events and facilitates workshops in the applications of storytelling in education and organizations. He believes that the folktales are not good because they are old; they are old because they are good.

:: Mark Velasquez_Photographer. Mark received his BFA from Cornish College in Seattle in 2000. Since then he has traveled with his camera through Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and most of the continental United States spreading his unique sense of humor and creative energy. Today he can be found anywhere on the West Coast, camera in hand, mind reeling. www.markvelasquez.com

:: Duane Heil_Building Innovator. As President of Vitruvian, Duane Heil has designed and implemented the systems that make the Vitruvian processes unique and uncommonly efficient. A third generation builder in California, Duane had the opportunity to apprentice with essentially every trade. This training was rounded off with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Business Pre Law (emphasis Civil Engineering) from Arizona State University. He has successfully managed the DW August Company, general contractors, for 20 years, building many very high-end custom and spec homes, as well as commercial and retail structures. Duane is passionate about building the most energy and cost effective buildings with state-of-the-art methods and materials.

:: BK Richard_Octagon Barn Center_Land Conservancy. BK Richard grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and moved around the United States for college. He enjoyed a thirty-year career in the aerospace industry, working in systems engineering and project management. After retirement and moving to San Luis Obispo in 2003, he joined the board of the Land Conservancy and has been active working on land use policy and the Octagon Barn Center Project. He has also worked on energy issues and solutions by co-teaching a course at Cal Poly and through a County advisory board. He maintains an informal website of photographs from the County and from travel at www.bishoppeakgroup.net

:: Cynthia Meyer_artist paired with Tim Jackson_musician
A San Luis Obispo local, Cynthia Meyer loves old houses, rusty bicycles and perfectly worn-in sneakers; all the old friends from her childhood in Central California. Painting in oils, she pushes the colors of her subjects until every painting feels like late afternoon in summer, her favorite time. www.cynthiameyerart.com

Born and raised on the Central Coast of California, acoustic artist Tim Jackson opens new doors into the realm of the new millennium style of folk music. Tim has been voted “Best Male Vocalist” in the California New Times Reader’s Poll. He has also received the Fine Arts, Music, and Entertainment’s “Best Male Vocalist of the Year” award. No stranger to the larger than life world of rock, Tim has performed for audiences all over the nation, opening for such prominent artists as Dwight Yoakam, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Roger McGuinn, and the Neville Brothers. Tim’s style is undeniably timeless and genuine. www.TimJackson.net

17 August 2010

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 12: Save the Date

Friday September 10, 2010
Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo

Volume 12 Presenters:
:: Tod Rafferty_Maintenance and the Zen of Motorcycle Art
:: Kristina Gill_ Paleoethnobotany
:: Marcie Hawthorne_muralist
:: Russell Swanagon_storyteller_"Breaking and Entering: An interpretation of Jack and the Bean Stalk."
:: Mark Velasquez_Photographer
:: Duane Heil _Building Innovator
:: BK Richard_Octagon Barn Center_Land Conservancy
:: Cynthia Meyer_artist + Tim Jackson_musician

Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$3 donation at the door
Wine and beer will be available for purchase


Image courtesy of Tod Rafferty

04 June 2010

Get your Quirk on!

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 11
Friday June 4th, 2010
Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$3 donation at the door
[Image courtesy of www.annestahl.com]

26 May 2010

Volume 11: decidedly quirky


Friday June 4th, 2010
Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo
Conversations start at 7:01pm
Presentations start at (20:20) 8:20pm
$3 donation at the door

Presenters for PKN11 are:
:: Michael Hannon_poetry
:: Ron Ruppert_bare bones
:: Adrienne Allebe_painter
:: Heidi Freeman_"uterine anomalies"
:: Christine Moser + Sean Graff_dance
:: Bob Hill_Land Conservancy_conservation Aviation
:: Chris Allen_furniture design
:: Anne Stahl_painter + paired with Brynn Albanese of Cafe Musique

About Volume 11 Presenters

Michael Hannon

Michael Hannon was born in California in 1939, and began making poems sometime in 1959. He has been widely published in journals and anthologies, both here and abroad. He is the author of many limited letterpress editions, and four full-length collections. For many years he has enjoyed the friendship and collaboration of visual artists. Michael lives in Los Osos, California with his wife Nancy Dahl and is the father of three grown sons, Dylan, Jason and Colin. Kenneth Rexroth said of Hannon's work: "A very good poet indeed, and certainly one of the few Tantric writers in any language who is both profound and witty."

Adrienne Allebe

The mesmerizing topography of the central coast against the backdrop of encroaching development has been Allebe’s most constant source of inspiration. In her most recent body of work, she juxtaposes imagery from reality (the natural and constructed landscape) with imagery from her imagination. Allebe received a BA from UCSB and an MFA from Cal State Long Beach. She currently resides on the central coast where she works as an artist and teaches drawing, design, color, painting and art appreciation classes at Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Allebe loves what she does.

Christine Moser: Christine is a 5th year Architecture student at Cal Poly. She has been dancing in one form or another for most of her life, and discovered blues and lindy hop in 2007. Since then dancing, teaching and DJing the blues has quickly become her passion, and she travels nationally to DJ as well as teaching and DJing regularly at Drop Dead Blues in SLO.

Sean Graff: Sean is a 5th year Architecture student at Cal Poly. He was first introduced to dance with the Salsa club on campus three years ago, and since has enjoyed ballroom and most recently blues dancing. Though he has only been exposed to blues for a few months, it has quickly become his preferred style, and he has had the pleasure of enjoying the teaching and social dancing venue of Drop Dead Blues.

Heather Springer: Heather Springer is a 3rd year Business Management student at Cal Poly. She started swing and blues dancing at the beginning of her college career and has been dancing for almost three years now. She is currently the weekly lessons coordinator for the Cal Poly Swing Club and will take up the positions of Vice President and Booking during the next year.

Mark Carpenter: Mark is a recent Cal Poly grad receiving a BS in Software Engineering and a Minor in Theatre. He's been swing and blues dancing for 5 years now and teaching and dj'ing for almost as long.

Anne Stahl

Anne Stahl was born in Germany in 1968 and worked and lived in Dublin, Ireland. She moved to Los Angeles in 2000.

Stahl’s work distills the complex spirit of a landscape, and the infinitely sophisticated ecology that sustains it. Ultimately, each piece captures some fragment of the landscape’s power until the larger body of work coalesces to express its deepest essence.


Brynn Albanese

CafĂ© Musique’s Brynn Albanese has toured and performed world-wide sharing her exhilarating style with audiences from Boston to the Netherlands. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, her first musical endeavor was that of concertmaster for Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as concertmaster and soloist for the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and as principal second and soloist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Brynn is a fearless musician unrestrained by a single discipline. She savors the opportunity to discover new musical experiences in all genres.

Christopher W. Allen
Christopher W. Allen is a LEED accredited designer at the San Luis Obispo firm of Kornreich Architects, and an award-winning furniture designer. Chris is a graduate of the Architecture program at Cal Poly and is currently working towards his architectural license. CWA Studios specializes in the design and manufacture of beautifully crafted modern furniture and custom cabinet systems for kitchens and other storage/display needs.

Bob Hill
Bob Hill is the Executive Director at The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. He earned his Bachelor’s from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly. Bob also attended Sierra Institute field school while in college, which both solidified a passion for the mountains and also fueled a growing feeling that a professional career dedicated to conservation would be both possible and necessary. Bob likes to hike, ski, bike, rock climb, and canoe as ways to peacefully experience the natural world. He lives on Terrace Hill in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Jaime, and their twin sons, Albert and Oscar.

Ron Ruppert

Ron Ruppert is chair of the biology department at Cuesta College. He also teaches courses in Human Anatomy, Natural History, Life Science and Desert Biology.

Ron was first introduced to Osteology (bones) at Chaffey College in Southern California. Transferring to CSU Fullerton he earned a Bachelor’s in biology, a teaching credential in science and a Master’s in biology specializing in herpetology (reptiles). He has a life-long interest in lizards and skeletons.

Ron is married to Shaunna Sullivan and has 4 children. They are ages 24 years to 16 years.

Dr. Heidi Freeman
Dr. Heidi Freeman has been a practicing OB/GYN in San Luis Obispo since 2004, and has owned her own practice, Seven Sisters OB/GYN, since 2006. She is currently the chief of French Hospital's Obstetrics & Gynecology Department and is a Board Certified Diplomate of the
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband, Patrick, and two children, Abby and Cole.