PBS SHOW TAKES ON TOPANGA CANYON

Host and director of Canvasing the World, Sean Diediker. Photo by Bruce Royer
Topanga Canyon resident and professional mermaid, Linden Wolbert. Photo by Bruce Royer

Canvasing The World is a unique, human interest, half-hour television series currently airing in 87 percent of US households on PBS and Create TV. The series is a modern-day marriage of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Humans of New York and details host and director Sean Diediker’s quest to explore the interplay between art and the human condition. The series takes viewers on adventures to exotic locations to explore creativity, experience the people, and reveal the places that spark the inspiration for Sean’s original paintings. Every episode a place, every episode a painting.

Produced by long-time Topanga resident Bruce Royer, season one features episodes filmed in Southern Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Sydney and the Blue Mountains of Australia, Bali, Paris, Heidelberg, Southern Costa Rica, Utah, Santa Fe, Santa Barbara, and Big Sur.

“For season two, with travel restrictions due to COVID-19, we decided to focus our efforts on people and places in the Western United States,” Producer Bruce Royer explains. “We also chose to implement our long-term vision of celebrating subjects such as aviators in Palm Springs, desert painters in Los Angeles and Utah, and creatives right here in Topanga Canyon. So, I contacted Bonnie Morgan and suggested that we acknowledge some of the amazing talent in our little community by featuring one person per Topanga New Times issue for the next couple of months. Et voilà, TNT’s Canvasing Topanga Canyon was born.” 

Here at TNT we are excited to debut Bruce Royer’s feature series with his first Canvasing Topanga Canyon article, a visit with Linden “The Mermaid” Wolbert. Her story is in our Storyland section on page 16. Look for new Canvasing Topanga Canyon features in the Topanga New Times in 2021.

Bruce Royer’s documentary series is produced under the auspices of the nonprofit Creative Visions, a registered 501(c)3 with the mission is to create a more just, caring and sustainable world through the power of media, art, technology and education.

To lean more, visit CanvasingTheWorld.TV, @canvasingtheworld