Relevant Secures Feature A & E Feature In San Diego Union Tribune For Art Of The City TV And Celebrity Host Ruth-Ann Thorn

Ruth-Ann Thorn focuses on interviewing artists to document their interpretation of their life’s story and art

When the COVID-19 outbreak temporarily shut down local businesses, including Exclusive Collections Gallery in Solana Beach, owner Ruth-Ann Thorn sought a way to keep art alive during the three-month closure.

She came up with a Facebook Live “Art of the City” series of national artist interviews streaming at 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “I’m no Barbara Walters,” chuckles Thorn, who plays each interview by ear. “I try to talk to the artists the day before and get to know them a little, and then we just riff.”

She explains that her primary focus is reaching viewers who aren’t art people and bringing them into a new world. “I am all about the power of art,” she says.

Recently she has focused on celebrities who also are artists, interviewing filmmaker Chris Eyre and drummers Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rick Allen of Def Leppard.