A Case for Creativity

Web-based show gets artists talking



Ryan Campbell is among the artists Angela Romeo has interviewed for her Colliding Worlds series.

TAYLOR SHERRILL

Angela Romeo of Palm Springs wanted to be an artist but, on her father’s advice, pursued a more secure career in law. Now married to a lawyer (Mark Romeo) she met when he was opposing counsel, she has re-engaged her passion: designing jewelry and bringing attention to other artists.

Since November 2011, Romeo and videographer/editor Steve Tanguy have filmed interviews with almost 100 artists in the Coachella Valley and other Southern California cities, San Francisco, and Arizona. She posts the 30-minute documentaries every two weeks on Vimeo and YouTube. KPSE My13 TV airs them on Saturdays at noon.

“People think the everyday world and the art world are separate,” Romeo says, explaining the show’s title, Colliding Worlds. “You can never go a day without art hitting you in some way, shape, or form.”

Romeo selects her interview subjects based on their personalities and work rather than on their recognition by curators. “Some are in galleries. Some are between shows. Some don’t have any representation at all,” she says. “But you should know them. That’s what’s important about [Colliding Worlds].”

Based on web statistics and feedback, the audience is largely West Coast based. “We’ve picked up viewers in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East,” Romeo says. “Linking with artists [online] has been key to getting us out there.”

Romeo prepares for interviews by researching artists and their work, but admits unexpected moments have arisen during taping. “We’ve had a few artists [who] got emotional,” she says. “We manage to hit some raw nerve, and they get teary eyes. But we rarely finish an interview and not have them say, ‘No one has bothered to ask me that before.’”

Watch Colliding Worlds at vimeo.com/collidingworldstv or www.youtube.com/user/AngelaValenteRomeo

Art + Culture

Related Articles

Palm Springs Modern Committee to Host Annual Preservation Awards

Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Annual Preservation Awards Gala on Oct. 4 will honor contributions in preservation, restoration, renovation or adaptive reuse of a midcentury modern residential or commercial property.

10 Reasons to Attend Modernism Week Fall Preview

Here are 10 reasons to attend Modernism Week's Fall Preview in Palm Springs over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, Oct. 10-13.

What to Do Labor Day Weekend in Greater Palm Springs

Labor Day Weekend marks the symbolic close to summer, but it's also a long weekend filled with music, food, and a host of activities in Greater Palm Springs.

"Top Rock" Commands Stage at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

"Top Rock" brings a brash, rockin' musical tribute to the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs on Friday and Saturday nights through September.

Palm Springs Horoscope - August 2014

Just persevere through these tough times, and know that the hard way will become the right road in 2015.

Promotions + Contests

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the second annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival performances.