Episode 242

In this episode of ARTEFFECTS: the magical realism of landscape painter Phyllis Shafer, a film festival celebrates Latino culture, a top jazz radio station celebrates a milestone, and the vibrant work of Reno artist Bryce Chisholm.

AIRED: August 25, 2017 | 0:26:46

- In this edition of Art Effects, the magical realism

of landscape painter Phyllis Schaefer.

- For me, I get something from being on location

that's vital to my process.

- The healing power of music in veterans.

- Then I realized that music therapy

got me where I was and that I could use it

for therapy for others, for military, firefighter, police.

- A top jazz radio station celebrates a milestone.

- [Man] Community, culture, and music

is what KUVO is all about.

Community, it's really about a sense of place.

- And the vibrant work of Reno artist Bryce Chisholm.

- I'm just working back and forth between the graffiti style

and a traditional style of painting.

- It's all ahead on this edition of Art Effects.

(upbeat music)

- [Announcer] Funding for Art Effects is made possible by

Newman's Own Foundation.

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation.

Carol Franc Buck.

Heidemarie Rochlin.

The annual contributions of KNPB members.

And by.

- Hello, I'm Beth MacMillan and this is Art Effects.

Artist Phyllis Schaefer is a plein air landscape painter

who lives and works in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

and surrounding great basin.

Let's take a journey with her through beautiful mountain

vistas into Reno's own Stremmel gallery

to see how she engages with her natural environments

to create a sense of magical realism

that is unique to her work.

(gentle music)

- My name's Phyllis Schaefer and I'm a landscape painter

and I work plein air, out of doors, here in the Sierra

Nevada Mountains, painting the landscapes around us.

When you look at my paintings, I want you to know

what peak you're looking at or if you're in

a Sierra Nevada meadow or on the coast.

So there's certainly an interest in describing a sense

of place and honoring that sense of place.

You can see from looking at my work that there's a lot

of stylizing and tweaking and sort of distorting

that's going on in order to,

what I think of as creating more of a narrative.

I think that the brush is my vehicle for getting

the forms and the rhythm and the energy

that I'm trying to describe in a certain landscape.

You have to really be engaged in process as an artist

because it's a very long haul from the beginning of an idea

to the completed piece.

When I start a painting, that definitely happens

when I'm out hiking, driving, just standing in nature

and finding a place that speaks to me in some way

and I think it's kind of like a crystallization of an idea

and if you can hang onto that idea,

then the labor parts comes in by bringing all my gear

out there, carrying it, and setting myself up

with an easel, the paint, the canvas,

and I like to work large by plein air standards.

I think my favorite size is usually in the 30 to 40-inch

range or thereabouts.

It gives me the range that feels most comfortable for me.

So there's a lot of labor involved

in getting your equipment outside but for me,

I get something from being on location

that's vital to my process.

So I begin the paintings very loose, very gestural,

trying to pay attention to the essential gesture

or the essential feeling or rhythm or idea

that stuck with me when I first found a place.

And then it's a process of layering and developing

and really utilizing the medium and the brushstroke

and color, color is very very important to me,

I'm always working warm against cool colors,

high contrast, low contrast, light and dark,

and the sensations of having colors sitting side by side

that creates this kind of vibration

and energy that we respond to when we're out in nature.

I have shown my paintings for 30 plus years

in lots of different venues but when I met Turkey Stremmel

and everyone at the Stremmel Gallery,

I found a home and someone would be an advocate for my work

that has really changed my relationship to the community.

I get a lot of feedback now by showing here

at the Stremmel Gallery and many people come up to me

who have bought a painting and they've got tears

in their eyes because they feel like this painting expresses

something that they've experienced in the landscape.

- Even if it's a painting that I've never seen,

I'm intrigued, think of maybe I would love to go

and possibly find that location.

There's always something interesting,

slightly magical sometimes, in her landscapes.

I think she brings the outdoors to you

so you can have it indoors.

You know, we all work hard and some of us get beat up

during the day, all day long, and if you go home

and you've got something to look forward to

and say, okay, I had a tough day, but I can look at this

landscape and it'll transport me into another place

for at least, maybe five, 10 minutes, two minutes.

But maybe it just is a really good thing for you to have

in your own soul and your own heart

that you've got a chunk of nature that just feels good

when you leave it in the morning and you come home

to see it in the evening.

- Hopefully one of the ways in which people can connect

to my paintings is that I'm talking about something

that is a shared human experience

and even though there's no figures in my paintings,

there's very much a sense of self

and for me, I think it's a subtle thing and I don't want it

to be a ham-fisted allegory, me in the world,

so much as it is looking to nature and using it

as a way to be okay with this process of aging and loving

and losing and fighting and caring and trying.

There's something about nature that is a lesson

because there's always something new being born

and something old dying off, and makes me feel like

it's gonna be okay to die, that everything has a cycle

and you're part of that cycle so maybe that's what

I'm getting at with my paintings, is this is just a way

for me to figure out why I'm here and to be okay with it.

- To find out more about Phyllis Schaefer's work,


Heartstrings For Heroes, a nonprofit located in Bel Air

Bluffs, Florida, provides instruments to injured veterans

in need of music therapy.

Here's a look at how the organization gave one veteran

a renewed sense of purpose.

- You know, it's just those little things

that a lot of people take for granted

that many people can't even do anymore.

I love the beach but it's so difficult to walk on the beach.

And then you see people playing with the sand

with their feet and doing all that and I'm like,

ah, I kinda miss that.

Back on August 17th, 2007, a roadside bomb hit my truck.

I came across a lot of organizations throughout my time

being injured, some were good, some were bad.

And then I came across Wade one time at a motorcycle event.

- We're a foundation that gives guitars

to wounded military, firefighter, and police

injured in the line of duty for music therapy.

We'll get a hold of a guy like Mike

and we'll say, are you available on this date,

we'll have an event, a motorcycle ride, concert event,

and we'll bring him to the event with their family

and we'll bring him onstage, give him a guitar and a plaque

and just sort of send them on a path of healing with music.

- Being an injured veteran, we suffer from a lot of things.

There's PTSD, there's depression, anxiety, everything.

I get depression badly so when I accomplish things,

that gives me that sense of purpose in life.

So I actually have an app on my phone

that I've been learning lately how to play my guitar,

which is pretty cool just to begin

and just to get used to it.

Yeah, good one.

(gentle music)

- We opened Frankie's Patriot Barbecue to honor

Corporal Frank Robert Gross, our son who was killed

in action 16 July 2011 and to honor all the soldiers

who have served and are currently serving in the military.

Well I've actually gotten two guitars

from Heartstrings For Heroes, I brought one of them today

that is a painted guitar, then I have another guitar

that was signed by Gary Sinise, who is Lieutenant Dan

from Forrest Gump movie.

- We have a lot of celebrities, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent,

the Doors have all signed our guitars in full support

of what we do, and we give everybody that donates

to our foundation a chance to win these guitars.

- It's very emotional to be given something like this

in honor of my son.

I learned to play the guitar by ear, he played be ear,

we used to just jam together and just play a little bit

of rhythm and stuff like that, it was fun,

it was always a good time.

Okay the song that I'm about to do is called

They Buried My Son In Arlington and I wrote it

one night about three months after Frankie was killed

in action and the song came to me about three o'clock

in the morning and believe it or not, it took me about

maybe 15 or 20 minutes to write the whole song,

it just came that fast and but anyhow,

it's called They Buried My Son In Arlington.

(gentle music)

♪ I remember

♪ Soldiers at my door

♪ Said your son won't be here

♪ Anymore

I believe that music is in our soul.

I believe that god put music there for healing, for joy,

for celebration and for grieving,

it touches every emotion in our lives, every one.

♪ Many a hero buried there

♪ Flags are waving in the air

♪ I thank god all America cares

♪ That our sons are buried there

- Wade has been a source of healing and inspiration

for Craig, in addition to the restaurant too.

I thought Wade was a very unlikely person to do this

because of this whole heavy metal overtures or whatever.

- I am not a veteran, I'm actually a lead singer

and recording artist but back in 2006,

I was crippled by alcoholism and music brought me back

through that, the therapy of music.

I got over being an alcoholic and recording a record

and playing in England in front of a lot of people

in a big hard rock festival was some of the things

that I checked off my bucket list.

And then I realized that music therapy got me where I was,

and that I could use it for therapy for others,

for military, firefighter, police.

- Music definitely helped me out.

In my first deployment in 2003, I was having trouble

sleeping, we were always on high energy, always on alert.

People are gonna laugh at me for this one but I don't care.

One CD that helped me sleep and helped me relax

was Lionel Ritchie's greatest hits.

- There's no braver person that fights than military

and other people, firefighter, police,

that risk their lives for us.

I'm very blessed to be part of giving back to these guys.

- To learn more, visit

And now let's take a look at this week's art quiz.

Which artist is best known for being one of the founders

of the De Stijl movement?

Is the answer, A, Pete Mondrian, B, Man Ray,

C, Suzanne Duchamp, or D, Henriette Turman.

Stay tuned for the answer.

What started as the first Hispanic-led public radio station

in the country has become one of the top

jazz stations in the world.

Join KUVO in Denver, Colorado,

as the station celebrates its 30th anniversary.

- [Man] KUVO is the community station that for a long

long time was kinda like the best kept secret.

We call ourselves the Oasis in the City

for 30 years running.

Community, culture, and music is what KUVO is all about.

Community, it's really about a sense of place,

you can't fake that, that kinda rolls into culture

because we wall come together and it makes us better people

and we have a better community because of that.

I don't think there's a better genre of music than jazz

to express this collective feeling that we get

from living in this community, from contributing

to the culture, the music is really a reflection

of the community and the culture.

- We started working on it in 1983 and in 1985,

we went on the air.

It was the only Latino-controlled public radio station.

The idea was it was gonna be a Spanish language

public radio station.

When we went on the air, it was an English language

jazz oriented station, which then leant itself

to being very multicultural.

We ended up having it become a jazz station

because the majority of Latinos in this area

did not utilize Spanish language radio because they didn't

speak Spanish, we primarily spoke English,

and we asked them, what do you want to listen to?

Jazz rose to the top.

It was challenging in that we had no idea

how to run a radio station.

- The whole dream about KUVO was a community-based station

that was serving the Latino community

and that's how it started.

(jazzy music)

People from around the world were impacting jazz.

The influences weren't just from this country,

they were coming from Latin America,

they were coming from the Caribbean, from Africa,

from Eastern Europe, so the music was changing

and we just felt that culturally, rhythmically,

it just made sense to see what we could do with this genre.

You have to find your comfort zone with jazz.

You have to have an open mind.

When I first was listening to jazz, I was into rock

and I was into soul music and I was into Latin music

but I didn't really know what jazz was about.

- I preferred the accordion, I preferred dancing

and swirling but when I listen to jazz music,

I feel very relaxed and then all of a sudden it just grabs

you and sweeps you up and you find yourself in your own mind

sort of swirling and twirling up in the air.

- Well I heard Miles Davis one day and he was funking it up,

we're talking late '60s, early '70s.

Other people came to jazz through soul,

they loved the groove, other people loved the melody,

other people loved vocalists, other peopled loved

the percussionist, so what you do is you kind of find

the niche that you like so jazz is kinda the common

denominator that brings all of these different rhythmic

and a lot of influences to the music.

(jazzy music)

- [Woman] You know, the universality comes not just

in jazz music but almost any kind of music.

- In my musical personality, there's influences of rock

and blues or funk music, Swedish heavy metal,

Brazilian folk songs, and rap music, hip hop,

bluegrass, and it's jazz but it's much more than that.

This radio station and the community, especially,

they embrace that.

- We know that we've arrived.

KUVO is considered right now one of the top jazz outlets

not only in this country but in the world.

A lot of people from around the world,

because of technology and streaming,

we've gotten some accolades in recent years.

Musicians know about KUVO because of their peers

and then the musicians are the unsung heroes here

'cause they take this theme around the world.

I think the think that distinguishes us

is that when you hear KUVO, you definitely get a sense

of our community, we are not shy about talking about

the talent that we have in this community

and welcoming them in to share that talent.

- It is amazing what will bubble to the top

when you combine all that talent.

- I came in here five years ago with a CD

that I recorded at my house, they played it on the air,

it just meant the world

and I came in with another album and they played that one

again and they would invite me in to do a performance here

and on-air interviews.

KUVO is extremely supportive of its local community

and local talent and musicians and they embrace diversity.

- The music that you're hearing is reflecting our community

and if you're part of this community,

then your voice also has a chance to influence

what we do as well.

Without people having this sense, this belongs to me,

then you've got nothing.

- Jazz 89, KUVO and KVJAZ.

- There's been a lot of discussion about the future

of radio and a lot of it is because of the technology.

I think that radio as a medium certainly has some tremendous

challenges right now.

We're celebrating 30 years of broadcasting.

I would say this, I think that public radio,

there'll always be a place there because of the networking,

the reach that you have.

KUVO has become ingrained in the fabric of our community.

We're survivors and thrivers at the same time

'cause 30 years is a good bit of time.

- To find out more, visit

And now let's review this week's art quiz.

Which artist is best known for being

one of the founders of the De Stijl movement?

Is the answer, A, Pete Mondrian, B, Man Ray,

C, Suzanne Duchamp, or D, Henriette Turman.

And the answer is, A, Pete Mondrian.

Reno artist Bryce Chisholm paints across a variety

of mediums while blending his background of street art

with his training in fine art, then he mixes it all up

in a vibrant color palette to create

something a little different.

(upbeat music)

- I was always that kid drawing in class and doodling.

As I finished with high school and college,

I started painting a lot more and it was very traditional

oil paintings, acrylic paintings, water color.

At UNR, my professors always just told me

90% of artists are gonna stop painting after they're done

with college and I just always knew that I wanted to be

that 10% that didn't stop.

My name's Bryce Chisholm and I do a hybrid mix

of street art and traditional painting.

I would say it's a hybrid because I'm spray painting

and then I'm going back over with brush, with acrylic,

and I'm just working back and forth between a graffiti style

and a traditional style of painting.

I really do like the bright colors, things that pop,

pinks and the purples and the reds and the blues

and mixing them all together, I usually paint my backgrounds

until I would be happy showing them as a finished

abstract painting.

I work on them over and over and over again

until I get, I feel like this is a beautiful painting,

now what can I put on it?

For most of my work, I would cut a stencil, spray paint,

and then I'll go back over the top with acrylic paint,

brushes, spray paint a little bit more, acrylic, brushes,

back and forth, work on the eyes, work on everything

that just give it more detail and more life

until you get that desired effect that I'm looking for.

Some of my subject matter may be depressing.

I find that if I put the colors with it,

it's a really nice balancing act.

When I first got out of college,

my subject matter was a lot darker, I was doing these

airplanes attacking and nuclear explosions

and these war scenes and they were a lot darker

and then right after college, I started incorporating girls

looking up and they had this hope and inspiration,

tomorrow's gonna be a better day,

and so that's when I kinda switched off the darkness so much

and started reaching for the light.

I always tend to call my painting sessions like therapy

sessions 'cause I'm kinda working through

either emotions or the thoughts that I've been dwelling on

and most people are like going out of their way

to avoid that space.

I actually really love that space.

So I try to portray a different emotion

within each painting, there's dreaming, sadness, hope,

and for me to understand it, I kinda work through

painting it and what does this mean to me,

what does this, how does it affect me?

So usually each one is a different emotion that I'm feeling

or I'm thinking about or somebody else I know

is going through so that is a way for me

to therapeutically express that.

It's an expression of yourself.

- To learn more about Bryce and his work,


And that wraps it up for this week's edition of Art Effects.

For more arts and culture and to watch past episodes,


Until next week, I'm Beth MacMillan, thanks for watching.

- [Announcer] Funding for Art Effects is made possible by

Newman's Own Foundation.

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation.

Carol Franc Buck.

Heidemarie Rochlin.

The annual contributions of KNPB members

and by.


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