Zinta Aistars

Host of 'Between The Lines'/Freelancer

Zinta Aistars is our resident book expert. She started interviewing authors and artists for our Arts & More program in 2011.

Aistars is creative director, writer, and editor at Z Word, LLC. She's also the published author of three books in her native Latvian language. Aistars regularly contributes to many print and online publications in addition to freelancing for WMUK.

Robert Wittman

During his 20-year career with the FBI, Robert Wittman recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property. He also helped prosecute and convict many of the thieves responsible. In 2005, as senior investigator, Wittman was instrumental in the creation of the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team (ACT). He’s been called the world’s most famous art detective.

Angela Sisk

When Angela Sisk discovered graphic novels, she also found a new world of possibilities. They combined her two passions: drawing and writing. Sisk has since created a fantasy world called Numina, her first venture into the world of comic books.

Dawn Soltysiak

To ceramic artist Catherine Stasevich, creating a pot is a long and involved process. She must choose the plants and animals she wants to represent. Then she draws a few preliminary sketches, researching habits and habitat, and finally creates the piece that’s fired in the kiln. The Richland, Michigan, potter mainly uses a Japanese-style wood-fired kiln known as an anagama.

Sy Ellens

It’s easy to recognize a painting by Sy Ellens. He paints with a unique aerial perspective, as if the viewer looks down upon the earth from the heavens. The land is dotted with trees, a patchwork quilt of farmland, broken up by winding rivers and sparkling lakes. His colors are bright: warm and fiery reds, oranges and yellows, calming blues, greens, and purples.

Conrad Kaufman

Wherever you turn in Kalamazoo, you’re bound to find a large and colorful mural painted on the side of a building, brightening up a lobby, or creating a wonderland inside a children’s library. These immense paintings are the work of Conrad Kaufman. He also creates unique pieces of furniture as well as two-dimensional works out of papier mâché.