The Art Box

The Art Box

Virgin Valley Artists’ Association brings you The Art Box. A lively and engaging discussion about creativity and humanity in the Virgin Valley of Nevada and beyond.

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February 22, 2024 44 mins

Meet award winning editor and journalist James Luksic, Wright State Univresity graduate and current Moapa Progress journalist. Jim is all about movies, great books and is beloved in our community.

You can catch Jim's work at: https://mvprogress.com/?s=James+Luksic

Movie Reviews: https://mvprogress.com/2024/02/20/critics-corner-bob-marley-one-love-earnest-but-lacking/

 

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This episode started over six months ago while your hosts were volunteering at the ⁠Love Family⁠ Prom and Linda watched Billy the King perform an amazingly athletic pole routine. Linda's jaw dropped and she could be heard all evening, "I wanna do that". Well do that she did, as Nicky Wangsgard (a.k.a. Billy the King) arranged for pole dancing lessons for Linda and afterwards we adjour...

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Linda and Steve were super excited to sit down the most amazing couple, Charlotte and David Sirignni owners of Juniper Outpost in the Mesquite Plaza. (312 W Mesquite Blvd #114, Mesquite, NV 89027) 

They strive along with their unique vendors to "Make the World a Better Place" with the most incredible array of beautiful art, many of which support those of lesser means through giving organizations. We beleive Charlottes statement "No...

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We were so happy to sit down with February 2024 Artist of the Month Randy Bauman for a ten minute quick episode, thirty minutes later we finished but could have talked for another hour. Randy is an amazing photographer and we were able to dig in on reasons why we love photography. Come visit Randy's exhibit at the Mesquite FIne Arts Center, January 29 until February 23. 

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This is STEAM Chat episode 005, but we thought we would release it as an Art Box episode in parrallel because space travel and science is Art. Enjoy.

Mesquite Works STEAM Chat was honored to host Shannon McConnell for a stimulating conversation about her career journey at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab that cemented her love for STEM education which then culminated in her appointment as the Education and Public Engagement Lead for NAS...

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Linda and Steve we so super excited to visit with Nancy Good at her Las Vegas studio/gallery 'Core Contemporary'. What an amazing chat about creativity, STEAM, Nancy's many mediums and oh so much more. This is a must listen as is a visit to 'Core Contemporary' 900 Liberace Ave Suite B111, Las Vegas, NV 89109, your eyes and heart will thank you. Learn more about Nancy at: https://www.corecontemporary.com/about.html

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The Art Box was invited to travel back in time to Lizard, Nevada 1942. This time there was no train but Steve was blown back via a haboob. 

I had the pleasure of chatting at the Virgin Valley Theatre with the cast (in character) on the stage. As always this group of neighbors, friends and performing artists were funny, talented and at times serious as we chatted about their new melodrama A Haboob in the Hoodoos.  You can find out m...

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A life and death struggle occurs daily just south of the cute little artist community of Ajo, Arizona. A small non-profit works to save lifes in the Sonoran Desert by strategically placing and maintaining water cachements for those in need. Linda and Steve had the honor of interviewing one of the heroes of Humane Borders, Laurie Cantillo. 

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Your hosts Linda and Steve are delighted to release our very first 'STEAM Chat' podcast in parrallel on the Art Box. Since 2016 our loving neighbors Ann and Burton Weast have used their energy and skills to help our community find jobs with Mesquite Works. Now Partnering with George Gault they are placing Mesquite on the educational map with their creation "The Mesquite Works STEAM Center" a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ...

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Linda and Steve were treated recently with a delightful interview with our friend, award-winning author and essayist Kase Johnstun. Our chat ranged from Craniosynostosis, how he researched and wrote Let the Wild Grasses Grow, dreaming, writing discipline, artificial inreligence, his grand parents, mom and passion for creativity and writing.

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Linda had to track down her friend Lynn Maguire on Rust Island, MA, 2,666 miles away for this episode. Lynn has embarked on creating an art community that is afforable, allows for unbridle creativity, healthy habits, and fosters great friendships. Grab a good wine, open Spotify on your smart phone and settle in for a fun chat about art.

Find Lynn and her Snug Harbor Studio on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snug_harbor_studio/

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You are going to love this episode.

Linda and Steve were so privileged to welcome Mesquites preeminent Master of Ceremonies Pericles Rellas to our studio to talk; theatre, arts, building cathedrals, loving life and just to have fun.

We talked about Pericles profession as a mind-set coach, you can find out more about this on his web site: https://www.periclesrellas.com/

As we head into 2024 we have a new lead-in and closing voice fo...

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December 21, 2023 14 mins

A quick review on our 2023 Podcasts for The Art Box and Clouds in the Sand.

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Hosts Linda Harris and Jean Watkins sat down with the Mesquite Hertitage Museum Coordinator Elspeth Kuta to discuss the early history of Bunkerville and Mesquite. Enjoy this heartfelt episode and learn about our founding familes. It should be noted Elspeth will be retiring this month, if you can drop by the museum before December 21, stop in to say hi to one of our Mesquite Heroes. 

Learn more about the Virgin Valley Heritage Museu...

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Tyler popped into our STEAM Center studio on Thanksgiving eve with his sons to record a quick episode about  the genisis of his unique "Imagine That" exhibition entry that garnered a first place in the photography category. The October exhibition was sposored by Sherry Gosdis. Enjoy.

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There are a few places in the world where Steve is complete awe, one of them is the Pando tree in Fishlake National Forest, Utah. I have visted, I have camped and each time I am content to sit and listen to the Aspen leaves in the wind, they are soothing to my soul, laying in my sleeping bag memsurized at night as the Milky Way makes its way across the sky, stars apprearing and dispearing amongst the tiny fragile leaves. 

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Several years ago, in a galaxy far, far away Steve on his way to a State Historic Preservation Office meeting happened upon Don painting an incredible cat on a traffic control box at the corner of Decatur and Vegas Avenues. It has taken me this long to finally drag the recording equipment to Don’s studio at the Domsky Glass Gallery in downtown Las Vegas. We could have talked for hours. In this unique interview Don painted with musi...

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It took a while to sync schedules but we finally were able to connect with Los Angeles based artist Marisa Futernick. Last in our series of Majorie Barrick - Modern Desert Markings exhibition artists, Linda and I totally enjoyed our chat with Marisa. It is full of discussions on conceptual art, creativity, her wide range of art, London flats, what is Americaness, and Frozen Enchiladas...... and oh yeah, we also touched on eating Ta...

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What does one do between podcasts guests? Linda and I just started recording and talking about her and Ron's uninvited house guest. Silly yes, but we can say we recorded an episode less than 10 minutes. If you have a name for their guest please feel free to send it to us at: artboxvv@gmail.com

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