The Art Box

Virgin Valley Artists’ Association brings you The Art Box. A lively and engaging discussion about creativity and humanity in the Virgin Valley of Nevada and beyond.

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Thursday Nov 23, 2023

Tyler popped into our STEAM Center studio on Thanksgiving eve with his sons to record a quick episode about  the genisis of his unique "Imagine That" exhibition entry that garnered a first place in the photography category. The October exhibition was sposored by Sherry Gosdis. Enjoy.

Monday Nov 20, 2023

There are a few places in the world where Steve is complete awe, one of them is the Pando tree in Fishlake National Forest, Utah. I have visted, I have camped and each time I am content to sit and listen to the Aspen leaves in the wind, they are soothing to my soul, laying in my sleeping bag memsurized at night as the Milky Way makes its way across the sky, stars apprearing and dispearing amongst the tiny fragile leaves. 
Your Art Box hosts have been working for the last year to grab amazing photographer, conservationist, thinker, and creative genius Lance Oditt as our guest. Either we were going one way or Lance the other, our schdeules finally  connected and Linda and I were able to welcome Lance via phone as our guest. Lance is the Executive Director of Friends of Pando and owner of Studio 47.60° North. 
We urge you after listening to this episode to visit Friends of Pando web site and look in on the ground breaking work Lance is doing at Studio 47.60° North.
Then you just have to visit Fishlake National Forest and Pando. Pull out your camp chair and spend a few hours listening to the worlds largest organisn charm you with it's sounds, throw out the cot and sleeping bag, spend a summer night in the Pando looking up at as the Milky Way pokes and prods its way through the tree. 
Pure delight! Lance thank you for inspiring us to love the tree.

Sunday Nov 19, 2023

Several years ago, in a galaxy far, far away Steve on his way to a State Historic Preservation Office meeting happened upon Don painting an incredible cat on a traffic control box at the corner of Decatur and Vegas Avenues. It has taken me this long to finally drag the recording equipment to Don’s studio at the Domsky Glass Gallery in downtown Las Vegas. We could have talked for hours. In this unique interview Don painted with music playing in the background right in his gallery studio. Talk about fun!
You can find out more about Don from his website:

Sunday Nov 19, 2023

It took a while to sync schedules but we finally were able to connect with Los Angeles based artist Marisa Futernick. Last in our series of Majorie Barrick - Modern Desert Markings exhibition artists, Linda and I totally enjoyed our chat with Marisa. It is full of discussions on conceptual art, creativity, her wide range of art, London flats, what is Americaness, and Frozen Enchiladas...... and oh yeah, we also touched on eating Taco Bowls in Trump Tower.
Click here for Marisa's Modern Desert Markings piece.
Her book: "13 Presidents" can be purchased using this link.

Saturday Nov 18, 2023

What does one do between podcasts guests? Linda and I just started recording and talking about her and Ron's uninvited house guest. Silly yes, but we can say we recorded an episode less than 10 minutes. If you have a name for their guest please feel free to send it to us at:

Saturday Nov 11, 2023

Listen in as Linda and Steve dropped by much beloved and award winning artist Floyd Johnson's studio to chat about creating his latest "Best in Show" art piece "Billy the Kid" for the November-December 2023 "Lucky 13" exhibition. Yes, there is a good story! We love you Floyd.

Friday Nov 10, 2023

We think one can define Denis Feehan as an unbound bundle of literary and musical energy. This is an episode that no one will want to end, Denis a Mesquite based author, actor, director, professor, poet and musician graces us with his infectious attitute talking about his art and of course his upcoming holiday special "Rocking and Singing Christmas" on December 2 at the Mesquite Theatre (150 North Yucca Street) with performamces at 3 and 7 pm. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.
Denis also invited others to join the writers group "Write on St. George" and you can click here to lean more.  
We also discussed a poem by Joyce Kilmer and we thought it fitting to include below.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Sunday Nov 05, 2023

Paul Atkinson is a self-taught American artist working in the photographic medium.  His work celebrates not only the natural landscape, but also explores the human landscape from a detached examination of what is left behind.  He employs the assumed truthfulness of the camera to present a reality that frequently transcends the limits of human visual perception, through both night photography and by including light from the near-infrared spectrum.
While he pursued a “safe” career in engineering, he never forgot his passion for art; and with his retirement, he plans to work full-time indulging that passion.  Through his art, and this residency, he hopes to share with others the beauty and wonder of the night sky, while promoting awareness of the growing threat of light pollution.
Atkinson’s work has been exhibited nationally in numerous juried shows, and resides in private and institutional collections.  He is an advocate for dark night skies with the International Dark-Sky Association.  He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.  His work may be seen at

Sunday Nov 05, 2023

Meet our friend Jesus Baeza Jr, creator of business, smoothies and heart.

Tuesday Oct 31, 2023

Linda and I happily release our friend Diana Lee Rose first episode of her Opportunivore podcast. Diana's first guest is Victoria Hafen an inspirational nutrician and weight loss coach for the Mesquite Recereation Center. Besides eating and exercise, Victoria touches on sleeping and social media habbits as they pertain to healthy living. Diana and Victoria hit the ball out of the park on this first podcast.


The Art Box

Join our hosts Rachelle Knight and Steve Dudrow as they bring in talented and interesting guests to chat about all things art. 

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