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Season 6 - Episode 601

click for larger image The sixth season premiere includes a story about St. Francisville, Louisiana native Thomas Dawson of the Commodores and international opera star, Ivan Griffin. The pair recently collaborated on Griffin’s CD, “Finding My Way Back to Me.” Griffin and Dawson first performed music from the album at Easter services at Hemingbough this year and Art Rocks! was there. The season premiere will also include a segment on the Gardens of the American Rose Center located in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Season 5 - Episode 524

click for larger image On a special edition of Art Rocks!, we celebrate The Art of Food (episode #524). Three artists of national repute, Billy Solitario of New Orleans; Demond Matsuo of Baton Rouge; and Mia Kaplan of Lacombe, inspire The Art of Food Dinner menu creatively prepared by Chef Michael Gulotta of New Orleans.

Billy Solitario has a passion for painting the landscapes he grew up around on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as the creatures that inhabit that environment: crustaceans, crabs, crawfish and oysters. Mia Kaplan turns metal into magical floral designs in addition to painting and drawing phenomenal illustrations of the plants along Bayou Lacombe. Demond Matsuo is inspired by the artistry of Asian Geishas robed in elaborate fabrics. Influenced by mythology, he is also known for his astounding depictions of adorned stags.

Chef Michael Gulotta, of MoPho and Maypop in New Orleans, blends his love of Southeast Asian and South Louisiana cuisine and adds a dash of art to create the perfect menu for a truly unique dining experience, The Art of Food on Art Rocks!

Season 5 - Episode 523

click for larger image Meet painter Leah Morace from Central Louisiana. Encouraged by her grandmother and with Louisiana as her muse, she finds inspiration around every turn from surrounding nature and wildlife and says, "Every boat ride, camping trip, scenic tour, or simple getaway, is another idea for a painting, waiting to be projected onto the canvas.” Then, listen to a spectacular set of organ pipes in Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa. Plus, we visit Natchitoches, the first permanent settlement in Louisiana and this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 5 - Episode 522

click for larger image We meet Lacombe, Louisiana artist Carol Hallock, who often paints the bayous and marshes that surround her waterfront home among other scenes unique to Louisiana. Her loose brush strokes capture the beauty of her native land and viewers imaginations. Hallock’s work can be found in the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, as well as private and corporate collections across the country. Then, we find out what happens when a street artist collaborates with a choreographer to create a ballet. See excerpts from choreographer Justin Peck’s Heatscape as performed by the Miami City Ballet. Plus, in our Louisiana Treasures segment, join us at the Louisiana Museum of Natural History at LSU, home of the one of the largest university-based collection of birds in the country.

Season 5 - Episode 521

click for larger image We meet Hilton Lytle of Monroe who has been building and repairing violins for almost half a century. Lytle shares his secrets for creating pitch perfect fiddles and tells us how he puts instruments in the hands of as many young kids as he can. Curator Andrea Lipps guides us through an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City that explores how the standards of beauty differ between cultures. And then, we will have a beer at Monroe’s popular Flying Tiger Brewery, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 5 - Episode 520

click for larger image LPB, New Venture Theatre, and Baton Rouge Community College collaborated to present the work of late playwright Lorraine Hansberry to new audiences. We’ll take you inside the acting workshop that incorporated Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African American woman produced on Broadway. Plus, we visit Nevada flameworker Nicole Seaton, who shows us how she uses glass rods, her own breath and propane gas to create beautiful jewels. And in this week’s Louisiana Treasures segment, we visit Landry Vineyards in the Monroe area to see how grapes are being turned into many varieties of wine.

Season 5 - Episode 519

click for larger image We meet Ruston artist M. Douglas Walton, who was in Nepal in 2015 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake took the lives of almost 9,000 people. It was a devastating life-altering experience that created a spirituality in him that reveals itself through his paintings.

Whether it’s cutting video or mixing sound, renowned editor Paul Barnes has built an impressive career creating masterpieces of storytelling. He will share his process with us. And, if you have visited Baton Rouge’s Galvez Plaza, you were probably impressed by the sculpture surrounding the water feature by the late Frank Hayden. One of Hayden’s former students, Baton Rouge artist Ben Peabody, discusses this work with us.

Season 5 - Episode 518

click for larger image Meet Baton Rouge painter, sculptor and relief artist Ben Peabody, who has turned his battle with alcohol addiction into an expression of art highlighting the consequences of addiction and the joy of recovery. He hopes his new book will help others who may be struggling. We will visit the New York home of Edgar Allan Poe, a place where he wrote some of his most enduring works. And in this week’s Louisiana Treasure segment, we look back at the collaboration of the late, great artist John T. Scott and contemporary sculptor Martin Payton, whose Spirit House graces New Orleans. (518)

Season 5 - Episode 517

click for larger image Meet landscape painter Laura Gates of Alexandria, Louisiana, who is inspired by her four decades as a park ranger with the National Park Service. She paints both plein air and in her studio, and through her brushstrokes strives to express a connection to the land and to place. We look at the transformative power that photographs had in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Plus, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol has been an iconic landmark in downtown Baton Rouge for almost 170 years; author Carol Haase takes us on a tour for this week’s Louisiana Treasures segment.

Season 5 - Episode 516

click for larger image Meet Ana Maria Andricain of Baton Rouge, who has dazzled theater audiences from around the world in productions including Evita, Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables. Find out how she went from being an accomplished Broadway actress to becoming a talented and sought-after jewelry designer. Plus, this week’s Louisiana Treasure is often referred to as the smallest church in the world, we visit the Chapel of the Madonna in Bayou Goula, Louisiana.
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