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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Monday Jan 01, 2024

Linda and Steve were treated recently with a delightful interview with our friend, award-winning author and essayist Kase Johnstun. Our chat ranged from Craniosynostosis, how he researched and wrote Let the Wild Grasses Grow, dreaming, writing discipline, artificial inreligence, his grand parents, mom and passion for creativity and writing.
More about Kase.
KASE JOHNSTUN lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. Author of Let the Wild Grasses Grow, Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis and coeditor of Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front, he teaches at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, the Graduate School in Creative Writing for Southern New Hampshire University, Barton Community College, and Weber State University. His essay collection Tortillas for Honkies was a finalist for the Autumn House Press Nonfiction Award, and his work has been published in Label Me Latino/a, Creative Nonfiction, The Watershed Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Kansas State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. You can find him running on the trails of the Rocky Mountains along the face of the Wasatch Front.
You can find Kase's work at:

Tuesday Dec 26, 2023

Linda had to track down her friend Lynn Maguire on Rust Island, MA, 2,666 miles away for this episode. Lynn has embarked on creating an art community that is afforable, allows for unbridle creativity, healthy habits, and fosters great friendships. Grab a good wine, open Spotify on your smart phone and settle in for a fun chat about art.
Find Lynn and her Snug Harbor Studio on Instagram:
You can email Lynn at:
Snug Harbor Studio opening announcement:

Tuesday Dec 26, 2023

You are going to love this episode.
Linda and Steve were so privileged to welcome Mesquites preeminent Master of Ceremonies Pericles Rellas to our studio to talk; theatre, arts, building cathedrals, loving life and just to have fun.
We talked about Pericles profession as a mind-set coach, you can find out more about this on his web site:
As we head into 2024 we have a new lead-in and closing voice for our podcasts, that would be non-other than Pericles. We also changed our music selection using Kit Pristine’s – Effortlessly Beautiful and Witness of Infinity. You can find Kit’s music on his web site:

Thursday Dec 21, 2023

A quick review on our 2023 Podcasts for The Art Box and Clouds in the Sand.

Friday Dec 08, 2023

Hosts Linda Harris and Jean Watkins sat down with the Mesquite Hertitage Museum Coordinator Elspeth Kuta to discuss the early history of Bunkerville and Mesquite. Enjoy this heartfelt episode and learn about our founding familes. It should be noted Elspeth will be retiring this month, if you can drop by the museum before December 21, stop in to say hi to one of our Mesquite Heroes. 
Learn more about the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum by clicking here.

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:


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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