Jay Nelson Builds Dream Houses
Bay Area artist Jay Nelson has always been into building tree houses, and now he does it for a living. Starting a few years back with a couple of installations in local art galleries, Jay, who has no formal carpentry training, taught himself how to build the imaginary structures that were floating around in his head. We talked to Jay about how he has been able to turn his passion into a business, learning more about his philosophy of life and his definition of success.
This is the pilot episode of Working Title, a collaboration between KQED and Little Paper Planes, hosted by Kelly Lynn Jones of LPP and Andrew Martin Scott, co-owner of Needles and Pens. Through this program, which will include videos, interviews, articles and essays, we will explore how local artist entrepreneurs are re-inventing the American Dream, creating alternative economies and redefining success in the Bay Area. Stay tuned.
More on Visual Arts
The Do List | Dec 05, 2013
Cy Musiker and Peter Hartlaub scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up winter follies, some cow-punk, and much more!
Theater Review | Dec 05, 2013
British two-man parody whizzes through the wizard world of Harry Potter. By Sam Hurwitt
The Bay Bridged | Dec 04, 2013
Listen to The Bay Bridged mix of bands playing the Bay Area in December 2013, including: King Krule, Blood Sister, The Herms, Sun Araw, Holy Ghost!, and more.
Theater Review | Dec 03, 2013
The 10th anniversary production of Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult is a refashioning of the cheekily irreverent show that first put the British troupe on the map. By Liz Mak
Book Review | Dec 03, 2013
Half travel book, half fancy, Michael Jacobs' The Robber of Memories imagines Columbia's tumultuous Magdalena as a river of myth, able to steal the memories of anyone who drinks its waters. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Art & Design
New York City is home to more paintings by Johannes Vermeer — eight — than any other city. And until mid-January, it's playing host to one more: the world-renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says, since the painting's 1994 restoration, "It's even more breathtaking than I remembered."
The sale of the famous painting of a woman and boy bowing their heads in prayer at a table in a bustling restaurant set a record for Rockwell's art.
The Perez Art Museum Miami opens this week, and despite praise for the building's design, the museum faces controversy over its name and has an uphill battle in a city where the art scene is already defined by private collectors.
B Michael is one of few top-tier African-American fashion designers. His work has been described as "politely sexy" and is worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the veteran designer about his inspirations.
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Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians
Starting Jan 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. KQED has created a simple guide to explain how the health law affects you, your family or your small business.
KQED Celebrates the Holidays
Find holiday-related KQED television and radio programming, events, gift ideas, recipes, and other Web-exclusive goodies.