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Season 6 - Episode 609

click for larger image On Art Rocks! Friday, November 9 at 8:30PM and Saturday, November 10 at 5:30PM, we visit with New Orleans artist Lin Emery, acclaimed worldwide for her sculptures that harness and reflect the forces of nature. An impressive collection of Emery’s kinetic figures, powered by wind, water, magnets or motors, is currently on view at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. Plus, we learn why Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion stirs controversy. Then, head to southwest Louisiana with us to explore the Brimstone Museum and learn the history of our state’s sulphur mining industry. That’s this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 6 - Episode 608

click for larger image On Art Rocks! Friday, November 2 at 8:30PM and Saturday, November 3 at 5:30PM, Lake Charles painter Heather Boston shares why she decided to become a professional artist after a career in nursing. Boston credits divine intervention for her artistic inspiration. The glass bottle has been a staple in American life since the early 1800s. Take a tour with us of The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York to see how this iconic glassware has changed over the years. This week’s Louisiana Treasure is the legacy of Ollie Steele Burden, landscape architect and artist who continues to make an indelible impression on Baton Rouge.

Season 6 - Episode 607

click for larger image We pay tribute to Baton Rouge artist Charles Barbier, a fixture in the arts community for decades. His experience in the Vietnam War was a strengthening factor in his development as an artist. Barbier employed complex compositions in his colorful and imposing work, and often collaborated with other artists. Hear from those who knew him best.

We visit with Columbus, Ohio artist, Wolfgang Parker, well known in his hometown for his music, but now also recognized as an author of children’s books. Residents in Trinidad, Colorado decided they wanted an unusual event that would draw crowds and bring the community together. The result? The town now hosts a popular parade of “art cars” each year. Plus, our Louisiana Treasure this week is the Calcasieu Marine National Bank. This grand century-old building recaptures the past and has become the event venue du jour in Lake Charles.

Season 6 - Episode 605

click for larger image We remember artist Floyd Sonnier, who created intricate pen and ink drawings depicting rural life in Acadiana. His illustrations live on in many homes and businesses, including his gallery in Scott, Louisiana, where Sonnier’s widow continues to share the stories behind his work. We hear from members of The Los Angeles Unified School District, whose mission is to put instruments in the hands of students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn music. Then, we will share the story of Saint Peter United Methodist Church in Donaldsonville, built for former slaves after the end of the Civil War. That’s this week’s Louisiana Treasure. These stories and more on Art Rocks!

Season 6 - Episode 604

click for larger image We share the story of A. Hays Town, the late architect, highly regarded in south Louisiana for incorporating reclaimed materials and architectural styles of the past into modern homes. We meet composer and performer Eddy Kwon, who brings music education to the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our Louisiana Treasure is the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Donaldsonville, a Romanesque revival style building, constructed in 1889, that is still in use today.

Season 6 - Episode 603

click for larger image Shreveport writer and Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, Ashley Mace Havird speaks with us about her book, Lightningstruck, which won the 2015 Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction. Diane Paulus, director of Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil, shares why fans are flocking to the enchanting production. Plus, this week’s Louisiana Treasure is the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette. We visit with museum director LouAnne Greenwald, who tells us about the wide range of offerings visitors can experience there year-round.

Season 6 - Episode 602

click for larger image Meet Ruston, Louisiana painter Nick Bustamante, who uses surrealism to tell stories that harken the passage of time. Filipino-Americans in Tampa Bay, Florida celebrate their culture through dance; we visit with some of the talented performers. Plus, take a tour with us of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. Its dioramas depict how people in Louisiana have lived over the centuries, from Native Americans at Poverty Point to farmers in the early 20th century.

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.
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