Creator of the Santa Barbara Arts Blog
Since coming to Santa Barbara by way of Iowa/Portland/Burning Man, Nathan Vonk has advocated for the arts, either in his work at Sullivan Goss gallery, on various arts boards, or by publishing his go-to page on the state of SB, the Santa Barbara Arts Blog.
I've known Nathan and his wife Erin for years, but this is the first time I really sat down and chatted with him. I hope you enjoy!
Topic discussed in this podcast include:
Why aren’t 1st Thursdays not that interesting at the moment?
On the other hand, then benefit of 1st Thursdays
Why he started the SB Arts Blog
The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and the new Community Arts Workshop on Ortega St.
The 3 best things about art in Santa Barbara
That disappointing article on the FunkZone in the Times
Plans for the FunkZone
The 3 worst things about art in Santa Barbara
Do we have visionaries in town?
The mural on the side of the Indigo by Yunhee Min
Growing up in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and his early experience of art
Portland, OR and Brighton, UK
A detour to Burning Man and the Clandestine camp
(Here’s that building block work I mention)
Building up creative capital in Santa Barbara
How Nathan is *not* an artist
His favorite artists in Santa Barbara
Artists and curators mentioned:
Colin Fraser Gray
Monsters of Folk
Ethan Turpin and John Smith