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07.15.09

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Becky Olvera Schultz

Ten Questions for Becky Olvera Shultz

The Native American artist answers our questions about how she got to Santa Cruz and what she's eating right now.


What do you do for a living?
I am an artist who works in the Southwestern and Indigenous to the Americas theme. I'm known primarily for my museum quality clay/mixed masks. I maintain art, powwow and gift shop websites.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing that?
Probably teaching art or working as an interior designer.

What do you do in your free time?
Not much of it but enjoy time with family, long walks, a good movie, travel, sharing a meal with a good friend.

What brought you to Santa Cruz?
Spouse at the time had work in this area. Eventually dumped the spouse and have been quite content in this county with upgraded spouse!

What's your favorite street?
The one I live on: wooded, private, quiet, no traffic.

Name something you're excited about.
Life. Family. Grandchild. Art. I'm excited that despite all the bad in the world I'm still alive to embrace the good.

Name a pet peeve.
People who drive holding a phone talking, especially while making a tricky turn. Too much fog for too long. Parents who let small children run amok in public places. I'd better stop now.

What's your sign?
Pisces--moon in Scorpio, rising Leo.

Biggest lesson of last three years?
That life is very valuable and short and that all of us should take the time to appreciate all that we have.

Recent personal food trend?
Yes, oranges! Big, fat, organic, local, sweet ones.


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