Volume 18: Oddly entertaining
Conversations start at 7:30pm
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.