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

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