KTEP - El Paso, Texas

State Of The Arts

Saturday 11:30am

State of the Arts is a weekly 30-minute program focusing on the arts community of El Paso. Hosted by dedicated art enthusiast Marina Monsisvais, State of the Arts provides listeners with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how creativity is shaping our community. Marina interviews local visual artists, writers, dancers, singers, actors and directors, as well as regional talent exhibiting or performing in El Paso. The show gets to the heart of what inspires and drives artists to do what they love best.

Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, Patty Tiscareño and Board Member, Jeanne Foskett discuss the 20th Anniversary of the organization, which routinely integrates the arts in their ongoing service to the community.

Author and former New Yorker, Michael Haley, previews his newly published novel No More Dancing the Jig – a story of transcendence through special friendships.

The Hal Marcus Gallery is celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary with a show called “20/20 Visionary,” 20 Years, 20+ New artists. The show opens on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 5 to 9 pm and will be on display through Friday, June 3, 2016. Hal Marcus and his daughter Adelaide Marcus talk about the show.

The larger-than-life Pop Art of Reggie Watterson’s Texas Pop Art is currenlty covering the walls at The Art Avenue Gallery, El Paso’s newest contemporary art gallery. Watterson creates multi-level color combinations by using the hues in fruit and vegetables as the main focus of his canvas, some as large as 48” x 48”. The show will be up until February 25, 2016.  Kimberly Vanecek, owner of the Art Avenue Gallery talks about the show. 

The El Paso Museum of Art, the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, and Fundación Sebastian present Knot: The Art of Sebastian/El arte de Sebastian. The recent artworks by renowned Mexican sculptor Sebastian investigate the infinite possibilities in knotted and interlaced structures derived from cosmology and quantum physics. 

Art en Vivo is a live screen-printing project hosted by Proper Printshop. Every Thursday night, they invite a different artist/designer to hand print an edition of 50 posters. All they ask is that the artist pays for the paper and the artwork preparation (if necessary). Then, they sell the prints at the show, and split the profits. Any leftover prints are divided equally between Proper and the artist/designer. 

UTEP, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and EPISD are working together to produce a "Dvorak and America" Festival put together by New York writer/producer Joseph Horowitz. This is part of a high-profile initiative involving a host of other nationwide orchestras that form part of Horowitz’s Music Unwound consortium--a project heavily funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents an intoxicating Valentine’s Day spectacular inspired by the Roman Fertility Festival. Lupercalia Uber Alles features dramatic vignettes written by Stella Maria Perry and Mackenzie Cochran, with dance choreography by Mindy Chanson, Artistic Director of the Pasithea Dance Co.

In February, Monica Gomez begins teaching a series of six MCAD/TCA-funded Community Arts Program workshops titled “Yes We Kandinsky!” that will use visual art and music to generate creative writing. 

El Paso is home to one of the world’s most hardcore flea markets of all time—a punk rock flea market. We’re all familiar with traditional flea markets, with organic soaps, home-made t-shirts and strange antiques. Now imagine the same setting but filled with horror and punk themed items ranging from: art, vinyl, rockabilly items, antiques, band shirts, comics and live music. This ain’t your grandma’s market. 

Karl Whitaker, artist and “art agitator” commissioned 30 artists from Tucson, El Paso/Las Cruces and Albuquerque to make large prints, without a set theme.  The project is called the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta and it will be on exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art from January 31st through May 22nd, 2016. 

From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the hit NPR radio program that showcases America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent for its live show recording on June 4, 2016 at Plaza Theatre. 

You are invited to transform the conductivity of the human body into a controller to activate melodies and beats! Fab Lab is presenting a workshop where parents and kids will gain exposure to interactive design by immersion, and young adults will learn about conductivity, circuits, LEDs, coding, electronic music, looping, and physical computing through direct experimentation. 

The Latinas in Progress Education Series aims to familiarize senior high school Latinas with college and equip them with the means to succeed in their personal and professional life. 

The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society leads ghost tours throughout El Paso.  Guests Henry Flores and Bonnie Juarez preview two of those tours: The downtown El Paso haunted tour, and the haunted brothel tour.

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will present the exhibition, Water! What Is It Good For?, at a timely moment in Southern New Mexico’s climate. Marking three months of post-drought and healthy rainfall in Las Cruces, this show will open on Thursday January 21st and will feature works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry. 

The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will feature some of the most incredible musical artists in the world performing in a Month-Long festival that has been an artistic triumph in the region for more than 36 years.

The 2016 Chamber Music Festival seeks to accomplish the goal of insuring that the finest artists in the world not only perform in the region but engage with students in the classroom throughout the region. 

Co-founders Editors & Publishers of Veliz Books, Minerva Laveaga Luna and Laura Cesarco Eglin discuss this new independent literary press dedicated to discovering, publishing and promoting work from emerging and established authors.

Hard Road Trio members, Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Anne Luna announce the release of their latest CD, Smoke and Redemption.

With everyone home for the holidays, we thought we’d provide you with a little guide of places to visit. Here to provide us with a list of things to do and see in El Paso during the holidays is Kimber McCarden from Visit El Paso.

Carambola Community Music celebrates people of all ages and walks of life creating, learning, and experiencing together. They are dedicated to preserving and growing the living tradition of Mexican folk music, song, dance, and visual art along the US/Mexico border. 

You are invited to join The Caldo Collective for a guided art walk through the Kern Place Neighborhood. Stand With Me is a free public art exhibition brought to you by the artists at Caldo, Xochitl Rodriguez, Randy Maguire, Angie Reza Tures, Marvin Hill, Laura Corral, Michelle Pacillas, Ross Fleming and YOU! It all happens tonight beginning at 5pm at Madeline Park.

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The holidays are here and finding a gift for the art lover in your family isn’t always at simple as it sounds. Here to provide you with some great ideas are artist Wayne Hilton, Norma Geller from the El Paso Museum of Art’s gift shop and Valeria Venecia of the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market. 

El Paso Opera is back with their 22nd season, featuring 'Tis the Season for Opera, El Paso Opera's inaugural holiday concert that will be performed on Friday, December 18th at 7:30 pm at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. 

UTEP Professor Anne Giangulio and her Graphic Design 4 students are collaborating with Dr. Ted Curry, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Daniel Carey-Whalen of Museum Studies to design an exhibit in Prospect Hall on the UTEP campus to better showcase the results of Dr. Curry's study Why do Immigrant Neighborhoods Have Low Crime Rates?

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance continues the tradition of A Christmas Carol and you are invited to come along for the journey of reflection and redemption as Scrooge learns the true meaning of holiday spirit. 

In collaboration with El Paso Community Foundation, Amor por Juarez host its 5th Annual Art Auction on Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 6pm at the Sotoa Building located at 500 W Overland in Downtown El Paso. Art pieces by local established and emerging artists from Juarez and El Paso will be auctioned. 

Hope Riot is a singer songwriter from El Paso that has recently released her debut CD called Lacuna. She recorded this album at the world-renowned Sonic Ranch Studios and was fortunate to have David Garza serve as her producer.  

Artistic Director Marta Katz formed El Paso Youth Ballet in 2009 with the mission to to help aspiring young dancers refine their technical and artistic skills, develop positive personal values and life skills, and gain valuable stage experience. A group of young performers will be doing just that when they perform in the only local production of the Nutcracker at Magoffin Auditorium on December 5th and 6th, 2015.

The magic of make up is undenaible and El Pasoan Nicole De La Torre, a current student at  Tri-State Cosmetology won 2nd prize in a national Halloween make-up contest presented by HedLux, an ultra premium supplier of beauty products to the industry.   Her make up was so good that reperesentatives thought that her submission was a mask. 

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