Interviews about artists and the arts. Hosted by Wendy Butler on KHSU.

Listen to KHSU’s Artwaves program tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 2) at 1:30 p.m. for Wendy Butler’s interview with two Humboldt State University art professors Sarah Whorf and Nicole Jean Hill. Both are oft-exhibited artists as well as teach art in the HSU Art Department. Their artwork is also part of the HSU Faculty and Staff Exhibition currently on display in HSU Reese Bullen Gallery.

Tune in KHSU's Artwaves tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 2) at 1:30 p.m. for an interview exploring songs’ power.  Wendy Butler interviews Joanne Rand and Patrick Cleary. Both are performing for – and Cleary organized – “The Power of Protest: Songs of Resistance” scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Arcata Playhouse. This is the opening event for the weeklong Against the Wind Festival, which will raise funds for the multiple-year voyage of the Golden Rule “peace boat.” Rand performs her new song “Family Name” live on Artwaves.

Los Angeles artist Anthony Ausgang’s works are part of an exhibit titled “Hollywood to the Redwoods” on display at Black Faun Gallery through September 29. Ausgang is this week’s guest on Artwaves. He speaks with Wendy Butler about the “cartoon universe” he’s created of which cats are a notable part. The various nonhuman scenes are nonetheless statements about very human fears and aspirations.

On the latest Artwaves broadcast Wendy Butler speaks with Arcata-based professional career counselor Susan Abbott about her career development seminars that she's offering through HSU's College of Extended Education and Global Engagement and through her own career services business. Creativity is the centerpiece of these seminars for artists and nonartists. 

Tune in Artwaves this Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. for Wendy Butler’s interview with director Kaitlyn Samuel and actors Joan Schirle and Christina Jioras. The topic is Redwood Curtain theater’s latest production. Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime is on stage Sept. 6-29. The play challenges our desire to protect truthful often painful memories versus our desire to revise those     memories in favor of finding resolution and happiness.

The Eureka Street Art Festival’s Street Party is today from noon to 6 p.m. along Opera Alley, C to H streets, Old Town, Eureka. For this final day of the festival, you are invited to enjoy the murals and live painting along with three stages of music and other entertainment, food, three beer gardens and a Kid Zone. More information is available on the fest's Facebook page.

This week’s Artwaves is an interview about the “Dog Summer: Young Alumni-2018” exhibition at Humboldt State University’s Third Street Gallery in Eureka. But as important it is also a commemoration of two decades of academic and public service. 

This week: Interviews with an organizer and an artist participant in the Eureka Street Art Festival, which includes visual and performing arts events the centerpiece of which is artists painting murals along Opera Alley, Old Town, Eureka, today through Saturday, Aug. 18. Daily events open to the public include mural tours at 5:30 p.m. and live performances. Find information on Facebook. Also on Artwaves, an interview with participants in the Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival, which continues today and Sunday and next Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19 in Trinidad. Find information and tickets at

Pamela F. Service’s “The Legend of Young Merlin” highlights this year’s Plays in the Park at Redwood Park in Arcata. The family play directed by Alex Service explores the themes of identity, tolerance and discovery. It’s a magical adventure appropriate for all ages. The play will have three Sunday performances: July 29, Aug. 5 and 12. All performance times are at 2 p.m. Also scheduled for Plays in the Park this year is Park Fest on Sunday, Aug. 19, and the 24-Hour Play Festival Aug. 18-19. All Plays in the Park events are free to the public. More information is available on their Facebook page.

This week on Artwaves: Against the Wind project chairperson Jack Irvine. Against the Wind is a festival of events to promote peace and support the voyage of the Golden Rule, a boat originally captained by Albert Bigelow in 1958 with the stated purpose of sailing into the Marshall Islands nuclear test zone to protest against United States testing and deployment of nuclear weapons. This week-long festival will take place in Arcata and other parts of Humboldt County October 14 through 21.

Choosing ‘Right’

Jul 5, 2018

On this week’s Artwaves: It comes back to the often contentious exchange between the left and right sides of our brains. Art educator Piper Bean discusses her “Drawing Right” introductory drawing course, which takes place July 9-13, 9:30-11 a.m. each day at the Lincoln Campus, 216 W Harris St., Eureka. Registration and information available at and information at  Listen to the July 3 interview in our KHSU Archives. 

Gail McDowell discusses snorkeling through northern California water systems, and how this has inspired her latest installation “The Call of Roots and Water” at Eureka’s Black Faun Gallery through June 30. Also on Artwaves, Jeff DeMark talks about 25 years of his ever-evolving “Writing My Way Out of Adolescence,” which he’ll perform Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. in the Pierson Big Hammer Tent at Dell’Arte International 28th annual Mad River Festival in Blue Lake.

This week on Artwaves: Stock Schlueter, Elaine Benjamin and Michelle Murphy-Ferguson. All three are North Coast Open Studios charter artists.

They discuss their current work, influences and the importance of Open Studios to them individually and to the Humboldt County community as a whole. The 20th annual North Coast Open Studios continues this Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for maps to studios. You can listen to the program in the iTunes or Google Play. 

The Tuesday, May 29 Artwaves program is now available in the KHSU Archives, iTunes or Google Play.

Featured: Arcata printmaker/silk painter/watercolorist Patricia Sennott, part of our series of interviews with North Coast Open Studios charter artists. The 20th annual Open Studios will be held this and next Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. across Humboldt County. Visit for information. Also on Artwaves, NCRT Managing Artistic Director Calder Johnson discusses the timely and powerful rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."


Karen Barr Mast

Arcata potter Peggy Loudon talks to Artwaves. It's the first in a series of interviews with North Coast Open Studios charter artists whose ongoing participation goes back to the first Open Studios in 1999. Also D*STATE, a group show of surrealist work at Black Faun Gallery in Eureka.


This week on Artwaves: Time for the 51st Humboldt International Film Festival Wednesday through Saturday at Arcata’s Minor Theatre, and festival co-directors/HSU students discuss it on Artwaves. 

Also, Dell’Arte 2nd year MFA students talk about their “Citizens of Nowhere,” an original tragedy they created and that’s on stage Thursday through Sunday at the Carlo Theatre, Blue Lake.

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.

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’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. 

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. 

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 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.

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. 

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 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. 


What do the Eureka High Players do when renovations prevent them from building stage sets? They do an old-time radio drama, to be aired on KZZH-LP. "We decided it'd be fun to focus on storytelling rather than sets, costumes, and lights," director Nan Voss tells Wendy Butler. Voss used this as an opportunity "to get the atmosphere of a story across without all of the usual stuff we have to tell a story." 

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. 

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.

How did a section of Eureka earn designation as a 'California Arts Council cultural district'? "You have this concentration of energy and vitality," California Arts Council chair Donn K. Harris tells Wendy Butler.