Saturday, February 11, 2012
One of Santa Cruz's most entertaining and prolific artists, Beth Allison Gripenstraw, was interviewed a few months ago for the KQED TV arts magazine This Is Us. I missed the original air date, but now Beth's five-minute segment is up on You Tube.
Here's what happened: somebody connected with the show was in Santa Cruz last October, visiting Open Studios artists. She was so taken with Beth's "My Africa" display (from a jeep, a safari tent, and life-sized zebras in the yard, to a trading post—full of Beth's jewelery, ceramics and paintings—and "Dr. Livingston's Study" inside), that Beth was invited to be on the show on the spot. The film crew came back to shoot her segment a couple of weeks later.
Beth doesn't just make and show art, she creates entire environments for visitors to get happily lost in. if you've never visited her Open Studio before, or you're not familiar with her work, watch the clip and see what you've been missing!
Btw, if you happened to visit the new Scotts Valley Library last month, you probably saw three of Beth's life-sized papier maché cheetahs sprawling and stretching atop the bookcases, guarding the front lobby. They were such a hit with library patrons that Beth has been commissioned to make more animals for a permanent display at the library. She's come up with an endangered species theme and was last seen doing preliminary research on crocodiles, polar bears, and the Iberian Lynx. Stay tuned for further details...