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 features Theater at The Center’s Head of Production Ann Davis discussing her theater career plus her own plans for 2021.  Next Dunes Art Foundation leadership Elise Kermani and Tito Sanchez-Williams about their holiday plans. Our Spotlight is with Tim King discussing LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert in December.

This week on ART ON THE AIR features Barbara Meeker discussing her over sixty year career as an artist and art educator plus her recent retrospective exhibit.  Next we talk to the founders of the Decay Devils about their mission to explore and preserve abandoned buildings and landmarks.Our Spotlight is with Tom Byelick and Michele Piskol about their new video podcast – Straight Out of Tomfoolery.

This week on ART ON THE AIR  our show features husband wife writers, Janine Harrison, the former poet laureate for Highland, Indiana, and Michael Poore, a short story writer and novelist along with their digital artist daughter Jianna and their creative family life together. Our Spotlight is with Suzy Vance and Nancy Schwab, the new gift shop manager for The Depot Gallery and Museum in Beverly Shores going virtual during 2020.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our whole show features a gifted Veena artiste, Sara Ranganathan  who likes blending her world music together with other musical forms. Our Spotlight is with Fiber Artist who paints Suzy Vance who is discussing her new solo exhibit at Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Miller running the entire month of November.

This week on ART ON THE AIR (11/6 & 11/8) we have the founders of the Regional Performing Arts Company, Benjamin and Katelyn Leonard-White discussing their youth theater program, next we interview the new conductor for the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, Dr Soo Han. Our Spotlight features Duneland YMCA’s 2020 Dancing Like The Stars event that’s going virtual this year.

This week on ART ON THE AIR we have folklorist photographer, Kay Westhues, whose work concerns a study of rural practices and places by using: photography, videography, and audio recordings documenting the ethnography of rural traditions and histories and how they are interpreted and transformed in the present day. Our Spotlight is with Duneland Photography Club president, Steve Bensing discussing the club’s and his own fall time activities.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our whole show features the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra first with Chuck Steck, a music educator, who serves as its principal trumpet and interim music director. Next conductor, performer, and Hope College Assistant Professor of Music, Christopher Fashun, who will be guest conducting there. Our Spotlight is with Symphony Executive Director Tim King discussing their November 7th American Songbook Concert kicking off their 2020-21 season.

This week on ART ON THE AIR We feature watercolor, mixed media artist, graphic fashion designer and musical artist manager, Lee Bauman who just illustrated a new book Go Jo! (to be released in November).  Our Spotlight is with Becky Jascoviak of Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation discussing their annual gala that is going virtual this year.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our Second Anniversary show features Globe-trotting, South African, classically-trained flutist, whose focus is on World and Roots music. “ Flute Painter” Wouter Kellerman, is an award winning, composer, producer, whose 2014 album Winds of Samsara won the Best New Age Album Grammy Award, and numerous other awards. Our Spotlight is with Dustin Richea and film maker Thad Donovan discussing a fundraising première at the 49er Drive-In of the new documentary, Indiana Dunes: Nature’s Masterpiece.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our 100th episode features South Shore Arts Executive Director, John Cain, discussing his nearly 30 year career at its helm. Next we talk with Chicago based physician Kuhn Hong whose dramatic works as an artist are now being produced from his Michigan City Studio. Our Spotlight is with weaver Chris Acton discussing National Spinning and Weaving week including her own move into full time weaving.

This week on ART ON THE AIR our entire show features New York City based artist, Sadie Bridger, who by using photography, sculpture, and other unique art offerings creates her own unique artistic statement. Our Spotlight is with Edwin Shelton and Kuhn Hong discussing a 3-day Plein Aire artist-in-residence event at St Mary’s Angela House, a convent converted into an artist hostel in Michigan City

This week on ART ON THE AIR  We feature folk-pop artist Lisa Sniderman, Aoede, and her new The Grieving Project release, then cellist Josh McClain with Somatic Movement therapist Rosario Sammartino.

Our Spotlight is with Trisha Hernandez of South Shore Arts discussing their upcoming virtual Beaux Arts Ball also heard Wed (9/16) on Lakeshore Public Radio.

This week on Art on the Air, we feature Airbrush mural Artist Marco Salazar, next Plein Aire dunescape artist Ginny Takacs, and finally Chicago tour guide and author Adam Seltzer.  Our Spotlight is focused on nerd-rock singer Captain Ambivalent discussing his virtual show featuring his favorite characters.

This week on Art on the Air, we feature Rick Levine founder of the Improv Therapy Group, Chicago’s ACT ONE book store, and theater industry newspaper PerformInk. Next we have Chicago-based custom jewelry designer Sue Rosengard discussing her contemporary geometric shaped jewelry. Our Spotlight is on Lakeshore Community Concerts with president Carolyn Borchardt discussing cancellation of their current season and plans for next season.

This week on Art on the Air, we feature a special interview with three local art teachers about their return to teaching under Covid-19. Next we talk to artist and author Jessie Johnson and his self-taught journey in art.

This week on Art on the Air we feature Boston based vocalist, author, attorney, and stroke awareness advocate – Valerie Giglio with the release of her new single "RIO" – next mechanical motion kinetic Sculptor, author and photographer/videographer, Gary Justis.

This week on Art on the Air, music producer, composer (including numerous famous jingles), and virtuoso Guitarist Les Fradkin, who is also an innovator on the Starr Labs Ztar, plus he was in the Original Cast as George Harrison in the 1970s mega-hit Broadway show, "Beatlemania.”

Our Spotlight is with Dave Mueller of Hammond’s Paul Henry's Art Gallery telling about their famous Thursday Night Acoustic Jam now seen virtually.

This week on Art on the Air, we feature original and handmade Jewelry artist Jayde McAloon discussing her Pieces of Jayde Elemental Jewelry projects. Then, we feature Annemarie Marti and her "Mighty Mirth" series of cartoons reflecting uplifting messages of empowerment and healing. Our spotlight is with Amy Navardauskas about the re-opening of the Art Barn with Covid-19 precautions.

This week on Art on the Air we feature SHAM - an alternative rock band based in Mishawaka that includes Sarah, Happy, Abby, & Mel that has a sound is playful & irreverent, raw & mischievous, like the wig-headed child of Nirvana & the B-52s.

This week on Art on the Air, we feature contemporary artist Tom Torluemke and his studio manager and photographer Linda Dorman - next we hear from storyteller and author, Lisa Colleen retelling a very personal story. Our Spotlight is on MyPath Bibliotherapy founder,  Roger Batten discussing his upcoming storyteller workshop.

This week on Art on the Air, we feature two Crown Point based portrait photographers beginning with Michell Santelik discussing her Model Dance Team and once again the one-and-only Edda Taylor.  Our spotlight is with Chesterton’s Art Z Fine Artz and Antquez owners Bridget and Cathy and their reopening  under Covid-19 protocols.

This week on Art on the Air, Saugatuck, MI based artist Jill Chambers, owner of Jill Chambers Designs, who produces one of a kind handmade ornaments often with whimsical, nature, and holiday themes, is featured. Next, sculptor John J. Habela whose work is influenced by his trips abroad and the abundance of folk art as revealed in his “Family of Man” series of figurative abstracts, carved in wood and cast in bronze, embody a sense of heroic stoicism.

This Week we feature mixed media artist Sholo Beverly who draws inspiration from organic shapes in nature by embracing her mistakes, then we will talk with "Shanti" (Wendy Warnimont) who creates playful original Kirtan an Eastern Alternative music and stories as a means of contemplation.

This week we feature found-object Sculptor Laura Marie Panozzo of  L-M-P ECO STUDIO in Michigan City, and then award winning comedian, keynote speaker, and seminar presenter, Jeannie Rapstad. Our spotlight is with Philip Potempa updating us on Theatre At The Center.

This week on "Art on the Air," we feature Indiana Art Commission Executive Director, Lewis Ricci along with Indiana Humanities President Keira Amstutz discussing their mission under Covid-19.

Valpo University Jazz Professor Jeffrey Brown and art object musician Joe Rauen join "Art on the Air."

Provided by Rana Segal

On this week's episode of "Art on the Air," Rana Segal talks about her work on as producer/videographer for "Shifting Sands."

This week on "Art on the Air," Larry and Ester talk about the Jon Gnagy Exhibit at Stan Klein's Firecat Projects Gallery.

This Week we feature interviews with oil/pastel artist Jane Cowley and portrait photographer Edda Taylor, plus an update about The Art Barn School of Art.

This week we have interviews boxing glove artist Chris Guzman, artist educator Edwin Shelton, and fiber artist Laurel Izard discussing their current artistic pursuits and the impact of Covid-19.