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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)

Season 4 - Episode 407

click for larger image Meet Lafayette artist William Carl Groh, who not only captures facial features in his portrait paintings, he also reveals character and personality. We find out why people nationwide seek him out for portrait commissions. Next, we visit a Colorado dance company that incorporates musicians and dancers together in performance and then are introduced to a sculptor for whom recycling and art go hand in hand. Plus, we’ll tour beautiful St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, this week’s Louisiana Treasure. (portrait by William Carl Groh entitled Miss Blanchet)

Season 4 - Episode 406

click for larger image Visit The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which has grown from its inception in 2003 to include 64 sculptures. Catch up with glass blower Mark Sudduth at his studio in Cleveland, Ohio; go to rural Missouri to meet Julie Wiegand; and visit pianist Lara Downes at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, California.

Season 4 - Episode 405

click for larger image Meet Alexandria artist Morris Taft Thomas, well-known for his metal sculptures that grace many Louisiana spaces and whose art ranges from realism to contemporary abstraction. His works have been collected by such luminaries as Former President Jimmy Carter, the late South African President Nelson Mandela, and Blues great B.B. King. Next, we travel to the Arbor Opera Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan and The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York before heading to Sacramento to see the imaginative paintings of Jared Konopitski. Our Louisiana Treasure this week is the Epps House on the LSUA campus. Solomon Northup, who penned Twelve Years a Slave in 1853 helped construct the house before regaining his freedom. (photo: sculpture by Morris Taft Thomas)

Season 4 - Episode 404

click for larger image Meet Alexandria artist Janet Ahrens and her husband Carl, artist-visionaries whose passion for creation fills their home. Working in a great diversity of genres and mediums including wood, concrete, and clay, Janet and Carl make broadly appealing, thought-provoking art that reaches out to viewers to make a connection, foster a new train of thought, and elicit a smile. We also visit legendary Iranian sculptor, painter, scholar and art collector, Parviz Tanavoli and then head to Albuquerque, New Mexico to meet artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk who explores myths, rituals, and traditions from pre-Colombian Mexico through the medium of cut paper. (Photo: Janet and Carl Ahrens in their studio. Photo credit: Erica Dean Curtis)

Season 4 - Episode 403

click for larger image Meet a Monroe-West Monroe artist who has a special knack for capturing the emotion of his subjects. But Frank Kelley, Jr. also is known for his abstracts and landscapes. We meet the talented teens who make up the Empire State Youth Orchestra, as well as dancers at Houston’s Metropolitan Dance Center. Plus, we’ll share the nostalgia of Louisiana’s Coke Museum, this week’s Louisiana Treasure. (pictured: painting by Frank Kelley, Jr.)

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.
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