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Season 4 - Episode 402

click for larger image A new season of Art Rocks! continues this Friday, September 30 at 8:30PM (encore Saturday, October 1 at 5:30PM) We meet Madeline and Dawson Ellis, a husband and wife team that have created a flourishing jewelry-making business called Mimosa Handcrafted. They are known for their Louisiana-inspired designs in gold, silver and bronze cast using the lost wax method. Find out how they went from careers in landscape architecture to growing a thriving Baton Rouge-based jewelry business. Next, learn how guitars help prison inmates rebuild their lives; meet a doll maker who shapes clay into collectible family heirlooms; and visit a woodworker in Colorado known for creating door carvings that celebrate native wildlife and mountain views. Plus, tour Monroe’s Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, this week’s Louisiana Treasure. (photo: Pelican cuff by Mimosa Handcrafted)

Season 4 - Episode 401

click for larger image A new season of Art Rocks! begins with a visit to Mojo's in West Monroe, founded in 1989 by twin brothers John and Doug Kennedy. Mojo's is known the world over for its original t-shirt designs and now is branching out to include a line of popular fragrances. Next, we travel to New York to celebrate 79 years of the American Ballet Theatre; see a fresh vision for public art in Boston at the Rose Kennedy Greenway; and meet artist Brian Keeler, who uses bold brush strokes, bright colors and light to generate a special effect in his paintings. Our Louisiana Treasure this week is the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe. (pictured: Mojo’s co-founder John Kennedy bottling signature Mojo Magique fragrances).

Season 3 - Episode 323

click for larger image Art Rocks celebrates the 50th anniversary of Baton Rouge Gallery, one of the oldest artist co-ops in the United States. We visit with some of the founding artists, as well as those who have helped it remain a thriving space for contemporary art today. We travel to the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater to meet Founder and Artistic Director Bernard Gaddis, who tells us how a PBS special influenced his choreography. Then, we head to Houston to meet an accomplished quilter, who demonstrates her technique and shares her approach to her colorful creations.

Season 3 - Episode 322

click for larger image Louisiana ceramicist Rachel Sevier tells us about her application of botanical textures and patterns to create her inspired one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork. The Nevada Ballet Theatre brings classical ballet to the Las Vegas community. We meet Thomas Hart Benton, an artist who brought a cinematic approach to his paintings stemming from his days working alongside early filmmakers. And we see a 1904 model of a sugar mill at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

Season 3 - Episode 321

click for larger image Jairus Daigle’s fascination with the violin began when he was a child attending Lake Charles Symphony concerts to hear his dad, Chester Daigle, the orchestra’s pianist. Jairus followed his calling and in the two decades since, he has become a Berklee College of Music graduate and has two albums to his credit. Hear how music remains a family affair for the Daigles. We also travel around the country to visit the National Gallery of Art to see the neo-impressionist works of Gustave Caillebotte; we meet Sacramento fashion photographer, Mark Gunter; and head south to Sarasota, Florida for a visit with balloon artist Bobby Scuteri. All this plus we discover that the oldest fully functioning courthouse in the United States is found right here in Louisiana.

Season 3 - Episode 320

click for larger image Grammy-nominated Lafayette musician Cedric Watson; the Nevada Ballet Theatre and its work to bring classical ballet to Las Vegas communities; copper sculptor August Powers, who uses fire to create metal figures inspired by the wilderness of Florida Keys; and Fashion Designer and Season Two Project Runway winner Chloe Dao, who discusses what it takes to produce a fashion show…All of this, plus the history behind the majestic Church of the Holy Cross on Cotton Street in Shreveport.

Season 3 - Episode 319

click for larger image Coming up on Art Rocks, a Lafayette man who uses reclaimed lumber, salvaged trees and deer sheds to make antler fish. We’ll take a look at Edith Head’s historic costume collection. The designer is one of the most recognizable names in film fashion history. We’ll visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Backpack Program is helping families engage with artwork. And, we’ll meet Violectic, an Orlando, Florida group that combines the energy and irreverence of Rock 'N' Roll with the sweet sounds of violins and violas. Plus, we’ll share the history behind some of the faces protruding from the side of the Louisiana State Capitol.

Season 3 - Episode 318

click for larger image The LSU Museum of Art recently expanded its exhibit space by 10,000 feet. The added space allows the museum to show off priceless paintings, silver, pottery and much more that have never been on public display or have not been accessible to the public for many years. We will give you an in depth tour of the new exhibits at the LSU Museum. In our nation's capital; local artists and businesses come together to create an interactive art adventure. We will show you how some businesses are being covered with art while people are taking part in art workshops nearby. And, we will travel out to the west coast to show how painters are using living canvases.

Season 3 - Episode 317

click for larger image South Louisiana resident Leopold Frilot learned at an early age the wonders of wood and how it can be turned into many things. With decades of experience behind him now; you will be amazed by some of the objects Frilot has carved, turned and polished. We’ll show you how Iranian born musician and philosopher Ostad Elahi managed to cultivate ancient traditions into his work. The mother of a California artist thought she had to do something to fix her son, until she realized how inspiring his work was to himself and everyone around him. And, we’re traveling to Miami to show you how classical ballet training teaches children discipline; self-esteem and an incredible work ethic.

Season 3 - Episode 316

click for larger image French painter Marie Adrien Persac arrived in Louisiana in the early 1840s and captured much of the Old South before the onset of the Civil War. The inside of a lavish pre-war Mississippi River boat and the New Orleans Opera House are among his most valued creations. Cincinnati stone sculptor Karen Heyl was in her thirties when she picked up her first chisel. You can now find her work in buildings, parks and cityscapes throughout the United States. Tamarie Cooper is well known in Houston for decades of work in the theatre. Her latest show is a semi-autobiographical musical focusing on the challenges of aging. We’ll show you how the Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra are working together to put on a magnificent show.
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