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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.

Season 5 - Episode 515

click for larger image Meet Grand Coteau photographer John Slaughter, who has published three books of the compelling images he has taken over the last three decades, including one on his hometown. Milwaukee sculptor Jesse Meyer shows us how he converts sheet metal into figurative sculptures. We meet musician Béla Fleck, who has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo. Plus, we revisit the economic legacy of the old Jax Brewery in New Orleans, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 5 - Episode 514

click for larger image See the work of late North Louisiana artist, Clyde Connell, known for her sculptures that evoke ritualistic totems and paintings that employ primitive markings. Using beautiful, rusted relics, rocks, and red clay from her farm and field, her work is characterized by having empathy for those in the black community that endured suffering as she witnessed growing up. Then, we meet milliner Karen Morris, a Hong Kong native who creates her original hat designs in Minnesota and has a following throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Plus, Saint Katharine Drexel has long been admired as the woman who established Xavier University, the historically black university in New Orleans, long before integration. We’ll show you how the university is building on her legacy in this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 5 - Episode 513

click for larger image Meet accomplished sculptor Martin Payton who is inspired by New Orleans jazz musicians who maintain African heritage in their music. Drawing upon the ancient rhythms of forefathers, his lyrical steel sculptures are deeply rooted in the modernist tradition. Broken Time: Sculpture by Martin Payton will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art through February 11, 2018. Houston artist Cindi Rose creates mini-silhouettes with dexterity and speed; she’ll show us how. Then we visit with Josie Pace, whose music is gaining lots of attention in Detroit, and who has her sights and sounds set on a national audience. Plus, the history behind Andrew Jackson and his horse riding high over Jackson Square in New Orleans, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 5 - Episode 512

click for larger image Meet Lafayette artist Francis X. Pavy, whose work stems from the southern storytelling tradition and involves folk-life and folklore of the local people. He shows us the prints, paintings, relief blocks and lithophanes he creates through traditional means and modern technology. Then, we see the work of internationally known designer Tim Harding, who makes large-scale textiles out of colorful Chinese silks and other vibrant materials. This week’s Louisiana Treasure is the Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, a fixture in New Orleans for 160 years, with some of the most stunning architecture you will see anywhere.

Season 5 - Episode 511

click for larger image We’re in Baton Rouge to welcome the Knock Knock Children’s Museum to the City Park neighborhood. The museum encourages learning through creative, fun, and imaginative play. Next, we meet antiques appraiser Barbara Eash, who helps us understand the process of assigning value to family heirlooms. Plus, we marvel at the stained glass, tile mosaics, and sculpture of St. Joseph Cathedral, this week’s Louisiana Treasure, located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge.

Season 5 - Episode 510

click for larger image Meet Alexandria artist Leslie Elliottsmith, who incorporates multiple images and layers when creating her artwork to tell stories rich in symbolism. African American artist Willis “Bing” Davis tells us about his mixed media work and how the world around him influences his creativity. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s Upper West Side doubles as monumental birdcage for Chinese artist Xu Bing’s giant phoenix sculptures that soar above its nave. Plus, we visit Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.
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