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Season 5 - Episode 506

click for larger image New Venture Theatre has opened doors to African Americans interested in acting in the Baton Rouge area and has produced shows highlighting the Black experience in America. Meet the man behind the movement, Artistic Director Greg Williams, Jr. Plus, award-winning New Orleans Chef Phillip L. Lopez shows us how an artful menu was inspired by the paintings of Jacqueline Bishop for The Art of Food dinner at LPB Studios, happening October 22, 2017.

Season 5 - Episode 505

click for larger image We meet New Orleans artist Jacqueline Bishop, whose passion for the environment helps feed her creativity. Her paintings have inspired award-winning Chef Phillip Lopez to create a menu for a premiere event, The Art of Food, a dining experience like no other that will be held at the LPB Studios Sunday, October 22. (tickets and info at lpb.org/boxoffice) Plus, we visit The Glass Studio in Nevada, see the popular work of “Mother Goose and Grimm” cartoonist Mike Peters, and hear the handbell music of the Tintabulations, whose play-list includes everything from holiday staples to Led Zeppelin.

Season 5 - Episode 504

click for larger image Meet artist Jim Jeansonne, a founding member of Baton Rouge Gallery, who has spent more than six decades mastering many art forms including painting, printmaking, and sculpture in both bronze and wood. We introduce you to award-winning Chef Phillip Lopez of New Orleans, who tours the Ogden Museum in search of artwork to inspire a menu for The Art of Food, a culinary and dining experience like no other, taking place at LPB on Sunday, October 22. (tickets and info at lpb.org/boxoffice) Plus, famed New York actor Kim David Smith wows a Massachusetts audience with his role in the popular musical Cabaret, and Alaska artist Clarissa Rizal shows us how she tells stories through her woven blankets.

Season 5 - Episode 503

click for larger image Theatre Baton Rouge has been a beacon for the area’s most talented performers, presenting high quality community theater for more than 70 years, and it continues to gain momentum. We visit with the theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Jenny Ballard and cast members of its recent production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Then, we meet Miami-born, New York City-based artist Daniel Arsham, who has won national recognition for his daring sculptural and architectural works, and award-winning Wisconsin artist James Meyer, who became a photographer by accident. Find out how plus, take a tour of the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church in New Orleans, this week’s Louisiana Treasure. (503)

Season 5 - Episode 502

click for larger image In addition to traditional plein air paintings, Mandeville artist, Peg Usner creates what she calls an incredible feat, using two or more canvases to present one scene. Many of her paintings reveal the beauty of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. We meet stone carver Susan Zalkind, who travels the American Southwest to find the perfect pieces of alabaster to create magnificent pieces of art. Ohio artist, Toni Lipsey shows us how she uses beautiful yarns to create inspired creations. And Bob Pettit and Shaquille O’Neal are still drawing crowds at LSU. We take a close-up look at their images in bronze, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 5 - Episode 501

click for larger image This week on LPB’s Art Rocks!, Season 5 premieres with a look at art in public schools. We see works created by the talented students from Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge, under the direction of their teacher and professional artist, Aliah James. Then, we’ll meet Lisa Garness Mallory, a Colorado artist who introduces us to her technique of etching photographs, and Ernest Miller, a ceramicist from Minnesota who creates signature pieces with custom glazes. Plus, we tour the Central School Art & Humanities Center in Lake Charles, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 4 - Episode 424

click for larger image It’s the blues edition! First, we meet one of the biggest musical names to come out of Baton Rouge and known throughout the nation - Grammy-nominated bluesman Kenny Neal. He tells us why he decided to move back to his hometown and about carrying on the music legacy of his father, harpist Raful Neal. Next, we meet Blues Hall-of-Famer Lazy Lester, originally from West Feliciana Parish, and who now resides in California. Only a handful of people know as much as Lazy Lester does about the early days of blues in the Capital City. He tells us how being in the right place at the right time launched his blues career. Kenny Neal and Lazy Lester play the blues for us and reminisce about the good old days including their experiences with the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and others.

Plus, we’ll hear how California artist Rufus Chalmers draws on jazz to create his paintings.

Season 4 - Episode 423

click for larger image Lake Charles painter Bill Iles was raised in a 135-year-old homestead in nearby Dry Creek and was inspired by long walks through the woodlands around his hometown, painting landscapes from memory. His forest scenes have great visual impact with their small - almost pointillist - brushstrokes, saturated color palette, and graphic aesthetic. In our Louisiana Treasures segment, we visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Season 4 - Episode 422

click for larger image Meet Lake Charles artist Jeremy Price who discovered his love and ability for creating art while pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Today, Jeremy is helping preserve the familiar façades of his city, as well as transform otherwise blank walls into vibrant public art to the delight of residents and visitors.

Visit Florida sculptor Helen Harrison, who reveals the character of wood and found objects using color, texture, shape, and movement and then introduce you to the Broadway Dance Lab in New York City, a choreography incubator that gives theater dancers the resources they need to bring their visions to life. Plus, we’ll share the history of the 1911 Historic City Hall in Lake Charles, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 4 - Episode 421

click for larger image Meet James Michalopoulos, a New Orleans artist who has a way of making the historic homes in his city dance to the beat of its music. His expressionistic oils distort perception and memory in ways that seem to have a direct conduit to the essential rhythm of the city. Having been named the Official Artist of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival no fewer than six times, a thirty-year retrospective of his work is currently on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. James Michalopoulos talks with us about how he works his magic.

Next, we’ll visit a Colorado art gallery that looks more like a playground, then introduce you to the beautiful Missouri River country landscapes as captured by photographer, William Fields. Plus, in our Louisiana Treasures segment, learn which painting the legendary Louisiana artist, George Rodrigue believed sweetened his career.
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