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08.12.09

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Sara Friedlander

Ten Questions for Sara Friedlander

The mixed-media artist explains how she got to Santa Cruz and what keeps her here.


What do you do for a living?
I'm an artist working in mixed media (paint and photography), though I'm not sure you can call what I'm doing "making a living."

What would you be doing if you weren't doing that?
I'd be doing exactly what I'm doing right now, but I'd actually be "making a living."

What do you do in your free time?
Spend time with family and friends and experiment with new art forms. Found-object jewelry-making is my latest fascination.

What brought you to Santa Cruz?
Coming from the East Coast in 1973, it was the redwood trees and this funky, leftist, small town community close to the Bay Area.

What's your favorite street?
Ocean Street Extension and Mill Road.

Name something you're excited about.
Having lived to see the Bush Administration go down and seeing a resurgence of young people getting involved in the political process.

Pet peeve?
That Cheney and Rove haven't been prosecuted and imprisoned yet.

What are you reading?
Mostly news commentary, blogs and editorials.

What's the most important thing you've learned in the last three years?
That indeed politics can and does make sweeping pendulum swings, and therefore it's important not to give up hope.

Recent personal food trend?
Chicken Tikka Marsala nan wraps at the Farmer's Market on Wednesdays.

Read complete answers at www.santacruz.com/news.


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