An all-new special episode spotlights art that connects: Go inside the Mill Valley comedy night that's a local institution and a haven for stars like Dana Carvey and Robin Williams. In San Jose, hundreds of professionals and students perform in a show that mixes traditional Chinese dance, music and martial arts with Western ballet. Follow local bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis as she performs and works to mentor new artists. And watch as Ed Drew revives the art of the tin-type while making images of at-risk youth on an organic garden project that's seeking to redefine the image of farming for African Americans.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
By Hand (Episode #225)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Extraordinary crafts people at work.
* Glass artist Pamina Traylor combines dozens of delicate hand-blown glass shapes to create sculptural objects of lyrical beauty.
* We follow woodworker Gary Stevens as he carves massive waist-high wooden vessels, from raw stump to finished piece.
* Chris Natrop is the real life Edward Scissorhands, transforming vast rolls of paper into freeform lace panels.
- KQED Life: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
The Young and the Restless (Episode #221)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Gifted teenage artists jump at the chance to strut their stuff on this episode of Spark.
* Catch the Bay Area's best young jazz musicians vying for a spot on the SFJazz Allstars.
* Then meet high school artists who have come from across the country to hone their skills at the Napa Valley's exclusive Oxbow School.
- KQED Life: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
The Fine Art of Collecting (Episode #204)
KQED 9: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Spark shows that collecting can be an art form unto itself, as we meet collectors who have turned a casual interest into a lifelong passion.
* Mail Art Collector John Held, Jr. - Back in the 1960s, mail art was considered a disposable and democratic art form on the far fringes of conceptual art. It was precisely that throw-away aesthetic that appealed to pioneering collector John Held, who saved every scrap of mail art he received, day after day, for almost thirty years. His home is now filled to the rafters; and as mail art gains credibility as an art form, prominent art institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles have come knocking. Spark spends the day with Held as he continues to build his collection, one stamp at a time.
* Art Patron and Collector Steven Oliver - Thirty years ago, building contractor Steven Oliver thought he couldn't care less about contemporary art. Today he's one of the country's most active and ambitious private collectors, having assembled a formidable collection that includes 17 original works by major artists commissioned for his ranch in Sonoma County. Putting his contracting resources and expertise at the disposal of visionary artists like Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman, Oliver has facilitated works of extraordinary power and ambition, and forged lifelong friendships with many of America's most acclaimed artists. Spark follows Steve on an insider's tour of his collection.
* Bonnie Grossman's Collections of Folk, Tramp, and Self-Taught Art - What began as a collection of vintage kitchen utensils is now an abiding obsession for collector Bonnie Grossman. Spark takes a tour of her home-turned-gallery, where every nook and cranny is now filled with her various collections, including tramp art, drawings, painting and sculptures by self-taught artists, and folk art that includes bottle whimsies, hand carved walking sticks, miniature houses, and quilts.
- KQED Life: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Dec 5, 2012 -- 1:30 AM