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Season 4 - Episode 417

click for larger image We meet Ruston artist Julie Crews who paints the people, places, and things that she encounters in her daily experience. We’ll show you how she sees the beauty of life and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Then, we visit the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, filled with nostalgia of days gone by, and we’ll meet a former doctor who shows us how monsoon rainfall inspired her to create a multimedia experience including paintings, music, and dance. Plus – hear the story behind the Once In A Millennium Moon mural overlooking the city of Shreveport, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 4 - Episode 416

click for larger image We’re in the Mardi Gras spirit and pay a visit to Herb Roe, a painter who documents the “courir” or traditional pre-Lenten celebration of the Prairie Cajuns of Southwest Louisiana. The mythic qualities of his work place the participants into dream-like settings with his subjects costumed in vibrant splashes of color. Herb will tell us what inspired him to illustrate the ceremonies in more than 130 paintings and illustrations over the last decade. We then meet a string quartet and a ballet company, who have joined forces in Washington D.C. and are known for adding a bit of spontaneity to their collaborations. Plus, our Louisiana Treasures segment takes us to Rosedown Plantation, encompassing 374 acres in St. Francisville. It’s one of the most intact, documented examples of a domestic plantation complex in the South.

Season 4 - Episode 415

click for larger image Meet Pointe Coupee artist Henry Watson, who uses a mallet, a chisel, and a block of cypress to create phenomenal 3-dimensional depictions of the rural cabins and plantation homes he grew up around. Then, we visit with a Kansas City couple who enjoyed full professional careers as dancers and now teach the next generation about the steps and discipline required to reach their potential. Plus, hear from glass blowers who believe the old techniques are still the most reliable. This week’s Louisiana Treasures segment reminds us of conservation steps that were taken in the past which allow residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of New Orleans from its earliest days.

Season 4 - Episode 414

click for larger image Meet Baton Rouge painter Randell Henry, whose mixed media collage paintings showcase his use of improvisational methods of playing with shape, color and pattern with influences from abstract expressionism, cubism and African and Asian art. Visit with a group of children who are learning how to take on Shakespearean characters, and meet designer Anna Cohen, who merges her concern for the environment into the materials she uses for her apparel line. Plus, hear the intriguing story behind Alexandria’s Bentley Hotel, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Season 4 - Episode 413

click for larger image Preview Opéra Louisiane’s upcoming original production of Ulysses: An American Mythology, which will debut on February 10. The production marries the traditional baroque opera with modern rhythm & blues and gospel supplanting the Ulysses couple based on Homer’s Odyssey with a 1960’s couple in the deep south. We visit a New Mexico ceramicist, who tells us why she views her work as reverse archeology, and a physicist who turns to the arts to explain Einstein’s theory of relativity. Plus, our Louisiana Treasure is the magnificent Grace Episcopal Church in West Feliciana Parish.

Art Rocks! airs Friday, January 20 at 8:30PM and Saturday, January 21 at 5:30PM and is hosted by James Fox-Smith, Publisher of Country Roads Magazine. Current and past ART ROCKS! episodes are also here: http://www.lpb.org/artrocks. Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations.

Season 4 - Episode 412

click for larger image This week on Art Rocks!, the George Rodrigue Foundation and Louisiana A+ Schools have joined forces with teachers and principals across Louisiana to incorporate art into science, technology, engineering and math classes, making it easier and more exciting for students to learn these subjects. Rodrigue’s son, Jacques will join us in our studio to speak with Art Rocks! host James Fox-Smith. We’ll also meet an Orlando sculptor who uses her love of horses to create her art, and an artist who melds digital and analog images to create animated stories. Plus, the beautiful collection of art celebrating birds at Louisiana State University is this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Art Rocks! airs Friday, January 13 at 8:30PM and Saturday, January 14 at 5:30PM. Current and past ART ROCKS! episodes are also at lpb.org/artrocks. Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations. Special thanks to media partner Country Roads Magazine.

Season 4 - Episode 411

click for larger image On this week’s Art Rocks!, we look back at the enduring legacy of prolific artist and teacher, John T. Scott, who left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape of his native New Orleans during his forty-plus year career. His paintings, woodblock prints, and sculptures established a whole new language by which to express the city’s streetscapes, capturing not just how they look and sound but also the way they feel. We take a look at a LEGOS project that commemorates one of the most important events in railroad history; the importance of creating ballet shoes that work well for dancers; and spend time with a master weaver carrying on two thousand year-old traditions from Mexico. (Image: Sculpture: Spirit House by artists John T. Scott and Martin Payton)

Season 4 - Episode 410

click for larger image Meet John R. Kemp, author of Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape. Kemp’s book embarks on a journey across the rural and urban landscapes of Louisiana via the talents of thirty-seven artists located all around the state. Expressions of Place remains as much about the landscape of the artists’ imaginations as it is about the land itself. We travel to Dayton, Ohio to visit one of the few theater companies still dedicated to bringing new musicals to the stage; meet artist Rebecca Rose, who draws upon childhood memories to create her “Sculpturings” jewelry; and explore how Larry Vienneau Jr. weaves mythologies about the raven into his visual narratives. Plus, we rediscover the sculptures of Al Lavergne that adorn the façades of the Louisiana State Archives. (Cover of John R. Kemp’s Expressions of Place featuring the painting Tchefuncte Awakening by Rhea Gary)

Season 4 - Episode 409

click for larger image The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker kicked off its 2016 season in Baton Rouge with dozens of local children in supporting roles. Louisiana children and a Russian ballerina talk about the experience. And Baton Rouge’s very own acclaimed tradition, The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou celebrates 25 years this December. We visit with the Co-Artistic Directors of Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, who tell us about this milestone anniversary. We’ll also visit a doll museum in Ohio to see what toys looked like more than an 100 years ago. Then, we’ll travel to rural Missouri, speckled with ghost towns, farmland and a host of natural wonders along the Katy Trail, to meet watercolorist Marilynne Bradley, whose paintings of the area capture the spirit of Americana. All this and a historic World’s Fair quilt! ART ROCKS! is hosted by James Fox-Smith, Publisher of Country Roads Magazine. (photo: Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou)

Season 4 - Episode 408

click for larger image Travel to St. Tammany Parish to meet Rick Brunner, who turned his love of nature into a thriving career as a sculptor. He builds dramatic free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures, and sculptural furniture pieces that retain echoes of the materials, and the environment, out of which they are born. Next, we’ll hear about the special opportunities offered to student musicians at the Aspen Music Festival. Plus, we take you on a tour of the spectacular Biedenharn Museum and Gardens located beside the Ouachita River in Monroe, for this week’s Louisiana Treasure profile. (pictured: sculpture “Leap” by Rick Brunner)
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