Art on the Air

Sundays at 7 PM
  • Hosted by Larry A Brechner
  • Local Host Ester Golden

ART ON THE AIR is an hour-long radio show that opens with a short Spotlight Interview about local art events in Northwest Indiana's three county area, then continues with a long-form Feature Interview. Guests include individual artists, photographers, gallery owner/curators, festival sponsors, authors, musicians, the shakers and movers in NW Indiana, Chicago and beyond discussing the art, theater, and the music scene, plus much more.  Hosts are Larry A Brechner, long-time musical theater director, photographic artist, and arts organization board member, and Ester Golden, artist and gallery owner of The Nest in Michigan City.

ART ON THE AIR is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This week  on ART ON THE AIR we feature region jazz musician, Patti Shaffner, shares her new album, From The Left Side of My Heart. Next Chicago’s Post-Punk electronic band Theyrgy and their second EP Interrupteur on August 21st.  Our Spotlight is on the 2021 Michigan City Video Fest accepting entries through October 15th at MCvideofest.com and Chesterton Art Center’s October Exhibit Through Our Eyes opening October 3rd.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our whole feature interview is with long time theater personality who has appeared for many years as a professional actress, managed Theatre at The Center’s box office, served as artistic director for the American Girl, education director for the Towle Theatre, and currently administers The Den Theatre in Chicago plus a dear friend, Shelley Crosby

Our Spotlight is on Emily Ramirez, the director of Memorial Opera House’s production of the musical, 9 to 5 running through October 3rd.

This week on ART ON THE AIR we feature artist, art educator, author Diane Grams about her summer residency at Skowhegan studying fresco painting.  Next fiber artist Susan Atwell shares her Indiana Arts Commission On-Ramp Grant experience and her upcoming demonstrations.


Our Spotlight is on Lakeshore Community Concert president Carolyn Borchardt about their concert season beginning September 15th with Taylor Red and the Michigan City Video Fest.

This week on ART ON THE AIR we feature Off-Broadway playwright, Taylor Tash, discussing his new musical Night Tide coming to Towle Theatre. Next we feature a new country music sensation consisting of identical red-headed triplets, Taylor Red appearing September 15th in Munster.

Our Spotlight is on LaPorte County Symphony’s Tim King discussing the Hoosier Star on September 11th.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our whole show is on location from the 2021 Lubeznik Art Festival interviewing over twenty out-of-town artists discussing their art and the return to in-person festival events.

Our Spotlight is on this year’s Art Barn’s Art Blitz running September 18 and 19 with executive director Amy Navardauskas.

This week on ART ON THE AIR we feature Wildlife and Fantasy artist specializing in creating highly detailed depictions, Shawn Elizabeth Russell.  Next we feature a Chicago based actor working over 40 years in theater, film and television, Joette Waters.

Our Spotlight is on Connie and George Kassal discussing their upcoming September and October exhibits at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

This week (8/20 & 8/22) on ART ON THE AIR we feature glass sculpture artist, Mark Laputa along artist Melanie T Long who works in a variety of media. Next we have long-time Michigan City photographer, Richard Warner, talking about his diverse photo projects.

Our Spotlight is on Lubeznik Center for Art’s 40th Art Festival returning live on August 21 and 22 with executive director Janet Bloch.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our whole feature interview is with artist, designer, photographer, and creative director, known for his surreal use of color & light, pioneering juxtapositions of traditional & digital mediums, founding No Pattern at age 18, Chuck Anderson.


Our Spotlight is on Improductions Director of Operations, Nelson Velazquez about their post-covid improv productions and classes.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features the board president for Michigan City’s Friendship Botanical Gardens, John Leinweber about the recent renovations at the garden. Next we visit tabletop role-playing experience, inspired from Tolkien, Dungeon and Dragons, and Pathfinder, Roll Seekers with dungeon master Dustin Richea and Zachery Gipson as Lexi Max.

Our Spotlight is on the 4th Street Theatre’s Annual Ten Minute Play Festival coming November 5th with Angela Heid.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features a Bulgarian-born, world-class piano dynamo, who Made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 and returned in 2016 with her widely diverse repertoire, Tania  Stavreva, including selections from her Rhythmic Movement album.


Our Spotlight is with Wendy Marciniak about the 62nd Chesterton Art Fair running August 7th and 8th with over 60 artists plus music from the Billy Foster Trio and Duo Sequenza.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Highland Parks Summer Theater’s “ Disney’s Little Mermaid,” with director Ally Shinkan along with some cast members. Next we interview the founder and president Michelle Golden of  Books, Brushes, and Bands for Education about the program and her own art practice.

Our Spotlight is on Dunes Summer Theatre’s July 30th and 31st Cabaret Night at the Gardens at Michigan City’s Friendship Botanical Gardens.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Joel Ratajack, founder of Rockpelli, a music festival in the 10th year that creates music scholarships along with lead singer Jon Braun of Start Making Sense. Next the LaPorte County Little Theatre Club’s Katy Gartland talking about their July 23rd opening of High School Musical On-Stage.


Our Spotlight is on LaPorte County Symphony with Executive Director Tim King about their July 25th concert at Friendship Gardens.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Governors State University’s Education and Outreach Coordinator  Sherri Denault, discussing the Nathan Sculptural Garden and her own art. Next we have Susan Kirt who uses her background in ecology to inform her photography.

Our Spotlight is on Dorothy Graden and her new exhibit opening July 9th at The Depot in Beverly Shores, plus Suzy Vance updating us about events there.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features mosaic glass artist Robin Kittleson who creates her work using a classic Venetian technique.  Next we have new media artist Eric Souther who uses a multiplicity of disciplines plus develops video instruments for his video, interactive installation, projection mapping, print, virtual reality, and audiovisual performance.

Our Spotlight with IU Northwest’s Exhibition and Project Coordinator Cathy Feeman discussing the School of the Arts Summer teacher residency and High School Art Exhibition.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features artist Nick Bridge who uses the urban environment combined with aspects of the native prairie to inspire his work exhibited at Chicago’s Springboard Arts Gallery.  Next we speak with Canterbury Theatre’s Artistic Directors about their 2021 summer season.

Our Spotlight is on Dunes Summer Theatre’s June 26th Cabaret Night, and details about their next production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Lou Shields a musician and artist reviving traditional front-porch, Americana style music with his solo-performance sharing songs from his newest album, Calico Blue released in June 2021.

Our Spotlight is on artist Nancy Natow Cassidy and Kevin Firme discussing their June exhibit opening at the Ellen Firme Gallery on US12 in Beverly Shores.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features the new owner/publisher of the Chesterton Tribune, Don Hurd sharing his storied career saving local newspapers. Next Lubeznik Center’s Exhibition Director Lora Fosberg discusses her art and the new exhibit opening June 14th also featuring our talk with Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson in the exhibit.

Our Spotlight is with Chicago Street Theatre director, Michael Glorioso discussing the June 11th opening of Heathers, The Musical.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Tito Sanchez-Williams, Elise Kermani, and Steve Scott talking about  Dunes Summer Theatre season premier musical, Forever Plaid opening June 4th.  Phillip Potempa discuses his one-man show, Winchell – On The Air on June 10th  at The Center for Visual & Performing Arts.

Our Spotlight is with Porter County Library Director, Jesse Butz about their summer reading program.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Chicago based artist and illustrator Reina Marie Urban who reveals how her art aided her own struggles with depression. Next we have textile artist, art and yoga therapist, Lisa Nelson Raabe, whose work with repetitive forms is revealed stitch by stitch.

Our Spotlight is with Tom Byelick and Ms Michelle about Tomfoolery Fun Club’s returning to Whiting’s Mascot Hall of Fame on June 5th.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Sally Selwan and John Buranosky’s podcast about growing up in Whiting Indiana called, Cigarettes, TAB, and Tampons. Next we feature Jeanni Wilkening and Kathleen Ulm of Arts Alive reviving Whiting’s Studio 659 with their June 4th exhibit called Pandemic.

Our Spotlight is with Amy Navardauskas discussing Art Barn’s 27th Annual Juried Exhibit running May 15 through July 8th with an Artist Reception on June 5th.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Debra Silvert and Paul Bowman of Duo Sequenza discussing their Project Listen Up! which due to Covid is going virtual this year with the help of Lakeshore PBS and Art On The Air. Our episode will feature Jorge Muniz’ South Shore Suite composed for Duo Sequenza based on musical interpretations Northwest Indiana.

Our Spotlight is with Suzy Vance and Nancy Schwab about The Depot Museum and Gallery June 11th opening and their 5 x 5 Exhibit.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features, our conversation with the newly appointed music director for LaPorte County Symphony, Dr Carolyn Watson.  Next we welcome back musician Michelle Shafer who will share excerpts from her new album coming out this summer

Our Spotlight is with Porter County Library Director, Jesse Butz about the May 12th opening of the new Rotary Library Garden.

Art on the Air, May 2 , 2021

Apr 13, 2021

This week on ART ON THE AIR features, Claudi, discussing her Puerto Rico to New York journey with busking in the subway then forming the Pinc Louds, a gritty rock band with melodic sensibility of a 1920’s crooner mixed with the psychedelic danceability and bright harmonies. 

Our Spotlight is with Artistic Director Gloria Tuohy and Indiana Ballet’s Theatre spring performance of Cinderella plus updates on the Classic Arts Centre.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Chicago artist Diana Leviton Gondek discussing her own art and art education journey.

Next we have Art 4 Theatre of South Bend director Mark Albin and Aaron Albin discussing their online-only production of the 1998 Tony Award-winning musical, Ragtime running through May 2nd.

Our Spotlight is with Trent Albert discussing Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club’s photography contest with entries being accepted through June 30th.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features the artesian woodworking of Michigan City’s Nicole Shaeffer creating custom design woodcraft pieces. Next we have FamFolk’s Meg Demakas talking about her innovative Mission to Mars project.

Our Spotlight is with Dale Popovich discussing his upcoming virtual watercolor workshop offered thought the  Chesterton Art Center in April and May.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features arts supporter, Karen Maravilla who is also the purveyor of unique items in her Downtown Hammond shop, It’s Just Serendipity. Next we have Chicago Street Theatre of Valparaiso discussing their renovations and their season opening show James, and the Giant Peach. 

Our Spotlight with Tim King discussing LaPorte County Symphony’s April 17th concert featuring Gary Thor Wedow.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Cynthia Hedge discussing Northwest Indiana’s Center for Creative Solutions whose mission is to help people discover creative ways to solve problems. Next we feature Nashville-based country singer, Roger Adams discussing his journey and sharing his most recent music.

Our Spotlight with Dunes Arts Foundation sharing news about their Summer Youth classes with Tito Sanchez-Williams and Amber Zangarini

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Part two of our two part Covid-19 2021 Update where we interview many of our previous artist guests about how they have coped with the year-long pandemic, and its impact on them and their artistic endeavors. 

Our Spotlight is with Roy Krizek of Duneland’s own Schoolhouse Shop that features an eclectic assortment of items discussing his renovation and re-opening for the 2021 season.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Part one of our two part Covid-19 2021 Update where we interview many of our previous artist guests about how they have coped with the year-long pandemic, and its impact on them and their artistic endeavors. Our Spotlight with Jennifer Bisonnette &  Greg Coulter from the LaPorte Library discussing their various online and in-person programs including many art related activities.

This week (3/12 & 3/14) on ART ON THE AIR features two musicians first with Joel Morrison of Minneapolis and next with Joe Marcinek of Crown Point both sharing their life journeys and their original music.

Our Spotlight with Tim King, of the LaPorte County Symphony, sharing details about their March 14th concert with a belated 250th birthday celebration for Beethoven.

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