Wendy Butler

Weekend Edition Host

Wendy Butler has produced and hosted Artwaves for 21 years, and is the local host for NPRs Weekend Edition.

Damion Sharpe/Zack Rouse

This week on Artwaves, Eureka Symphony’s guest artist Robert Satterlee, pianist/educator, talks about the upcoming “Language of Love” concert Friday and Saturday nights, April 13 and 14.

Also, Zack Rouse and Damion Sharpe discuss their impetus and planning for their new theatrical/film performance space called The Vault Eureka.

Courtesy of HSU Department of Theatre, Film and Dance

This week on Artwaves, four Humboldt State University students discuss their participation in “Divergence,” an original dance concert created by Theatre, Film and Dance Department students and faculty.

The shows are in the Van Duzer Theatre for the next two weekends.

Courtesy NCRT

North Coast Repertory Theatre Managing Artistic Director Calder Johnson and Brenda Perez from Centro del Pueblo discuss NCRT’s La Voz Project and the project’s pilot play -- the inspiring and relevant “The Tenth Muse,” now on stage at NCRT.

Photo by Wendy Butler

This week on Artwaves: Eureka High School Players discuss “Shrek, the Musical."

This week on Artwaves: Rabbi Naomi Steinberg speaks about the performance “The Angel’s Wings” she is giving with her son and longtime music collaborator Berel Alexander this Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

This week on Artwaves: an interview with Allyson Ditchey, founder of Connect the Arts (connectthearts.com), a new and free Website whose purpose is to allow all affiliated with art of any discipline to connect, plan, create, commiserate, nurture. She’ll present the new site during an open house Saturday, March 10, 4-7 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, 2-5 p.m. at HLOC’s SPACE, 92 Sunny Brae Center. 

This week’s Artwaves is an interview with new California Arts Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford. She discusses her commitment to arts in education, which includes her longtime tenure as Director of the Arcata Arts Institute and Innovation Design Institute as well as founder of the Create CA Leadership Council. 

This week's Artwaves is about life now and always – it’s music and how it tells your story. You can rely on a song, which doesn’t change whereas everything around it continually does. Music of Our Lives is Humboldt Light Opera Company Boomer Troupe’s latest performance, and it is today, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Eureka Woman’s Club. And the interview is available now. Go to Ways To Listen and look for the February 13 Artwaves program in our Archives.

First-year students at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre’s final performance of Viva Commedia! is tonight, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Dell’Arte Carlo Theatre. These popular performances are all pay-what-you-can, with reservations highly encouraged. To purchase tickets or get more information, phone 707-668-5663, or visit dellarte.com. Hear the Jan. 30 Artwaves interview with these talented students in our KHSU Archives.

Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre’s first-year students present bold and bawdy physical humor, archetypal characters, improvisation and literal and metaphorical masks in a Commedia Dell’Arte performance  Feb. 1 – 3 at 8 p.m. at the Carlo Theatre in Blue Lake. 

Artwaves this week features the Young Actors Guild of North Coast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy and students’ junior-senior plays “The Order of Pan” and “Brothers Karamazov,” both plays adaptations of classic literature. Visit our Archives 

Jan. 23 Artwaves program. Also on Artwaves are actors and the director discussing Ferndale Repertory Theatre’s latest production Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

This week’s Artwaves includes interviews with Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness about its Arts for Veterans program, which is free to the public. 

This week’s Artwaves visits with three members of the critique group, animation laboratory and collaborative collective combined called Artists Who Animate. They’ve got an exhibit Jan. 6-Feb. 18 in three of the galleries (four for Arts Alive!) of Eureka’s Morris Graves Museum of Art. The group gives an Art Talk this Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at the museum. 

This week's Artwaves examines "JOURNEYS III" with this exhibit's creator Lori Goodman. Her exhibit is at Eureka's Black Faun Gallery through Feb. 10. Among the displayed works is one Goodman created out of an invasive plant, whose branches she clipped and stripped and wove together to form "twin huts." Goodman will give a talk and demonstration Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Listen to the Dec. 26 interview in our Archives.

Artwaves this week is about the Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM) conference in January, as well as Humboldt Arts Now Community, Arts Education programs at the Morris Graves Museum of Art and Humboldt County Office of Education's Strategic Arts Plan. 

Our guests are HCOE Visual and Performing Arts Program Manager Stacy Young and Humboldt Arts Council/Morris Graves Museum Education Outreach Coordinator Virginia Wood. 

SCRAP Humboldt is this week’s Artwaves. Wendy Butler’s guests are Director Malia Matsumoto and Arts Education Program Coordinator Jenna Catsos. Among the topics are upcoming events and workshops as well as “creative reuse,” in other words, breathing new life and imagination into what might normally be discarded. 

Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University’s Theatre, Film and Dance Department presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Gist Hall Theatre, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Micki Flatmo’s new exhibit “Dating Chaos: What To Wear” at Eureka’s Morris Graves Museum of Art is, indeed, about chaos. But it’s not about getting ready for your typical date. 

Perhaps it’s about what might come after chaos? 


This week’s Artwaves is about the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association also known as Music in the Redwoods. A specific focus is the upcoming performance of Neave Trio. They will perform this Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Elk Auditorium in Crescent City. 

This week's guests on Artwaves are Humboldt State University Art Department Gallery Director Brittany Sheldon and also Brittany Britton, Art Department Gallery Assistant. They've co-curated "Lineage: Living Traditions of Line, Shape and Design" now on display at the HSU Goudi'ni Native American Arts Gallery. 

Humboldt State University Third Street Gallery presents "The Water Seekers," a solo exhibition of paintings by Teresa Stanley.  The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 5 at the gallery at 416 Third Street, Eureka. She is featured this week on Artwaves with Wendy Butler. Stanley tells Artwaves: "The search for water was in a way a search for some kind of truth or experience of truth. It was a talisman ..." Listen to the full interview  in our Archives.

Arcata glass artist George Bucquet's work is featured in galleries around the world and in private collections. His work is also in permanent collections from the U.S. Embassy to the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia to the White House. 


A new College of the Redwoods exhibit is a chance for visitors to view some of a historic collection the college purchased  nearly 40 years ago. 

Artwaves: Art In Space

Aug 15, 2017
Courtesy Planet Labs

San Francisco-based satellite imaging company Planet Labs’ Artist-In-Residence Director Forest Stearns was formerly an oft-exhibited artist here in Humboldt County. 


This week it's all about family at Humboldt Light Opera Company and on Artwaves. HLOC's latest production Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore or The Witches Curse opens this week. We talk with director Carol Ryder, actors Elsworth Pence and Katri Pitts and her daughters Trillium and Aurora, both talented singers and dancers and both performing alongside their mom and the rest of the HLOC cast in this production.

This week’s Artwaves has two interviews connected by one topic: the city of Eureka’s multiple-year Strategic Arts Plan. The plan is all about identifying, protecting and developing Eureka’s arts and culture. And one of the projects articulated in Phase One of the plan is beautifying Opera Alley in Old Town.

ARTWAVES: Glass art

Jul 12, 2017

The next Artwaves is on glass. Artwaves speaks with Eureka glass sculptor John Gibbons about his interest in creating myriad styles of glass art from vases to six-foot sculptures to starfish in motion. His work has been part of exhibits throughout the United States. He currently is a member of Old Town Art Gallery, where his work is featured. 

Humboldt State is home to the oldest student-run film festival in the world. Student co-directors Andrew Weisz, Kira Hudson, Nirobys Appolito talk to Wendy Butler about the 

The 50th Humboldt International Film Festival starts Wednesday (April 19). 

Dell’Arte International MFA graduate, actor and teacher Zuzka Sabata will present her original one-woman play about 19th century historical figure Olive Oatman at six different venues across Humboldt County August 18-28.

Sabata says her play explores the life of a woman who lived in two seemingly opposing cultures. During her Artwaves interview she talks about why she was interested in catalyzing a community dialog about this individual and this subject matter.