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Season 2 - Episode 214

click for larger image Muralist Robert Dafford has made a lasting impression in cities across the country, as well as internationally. We look at this Lafayette native’s major works over the last four decades, and his contribution to the Louisiana art landscape. Bobbi Mastrangelo is internationally known for her artwork based on the theme of manhole covers; for five generations, the Frei family continues to apply Medieval techniques to the craft of stained glass windows; and we meet a Sculptural Landscape artist who enjoys bringing the urban and the natural worlds together in his public works of art. Our Louisiana Treasures segment looks at sculptures that indicate evacuation sites.

Season 2 - Episode 213

click for larger image Artist Tony Bernard grew as a painter during his relationship with his mentor, the late George Rodrigue, and now enjoys expressing the exuberance of Louisiana culture in his work. We visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage for insight into the lives and talents of Jews living in Nazi concentration camps during the holocaust. The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings music from the 17th and 18th centuries to a modern audience; and metal sculptor Bill Reid creates amazing and delightful creatures with his movable, whimsical art. Our Louisiana Treasure this week is the Old State Capitol, a stunning example of gothic revival architecture.

Season 2 - Episode 212

click for larger image Baton Rouge’s Precision Lawnmower Drill Team, the Krewe of Yazoo, has been entertaining Mardi Gras crowds for over 30 years. We take a look back at their efforts, which encompass a new theme, costuming and choreography each year. An artist extends her relationship with her late grandmother using personal photographs in her work. We examine an interactive art piece, the largest and the last work of Jesus Raphael Soto. King Cake is a popular part of our food culture, and is this week’s Louisiana Treasures focus.

Season 2 - Episode 211

click for larger image Cajun Mardi Gras wouldn't be complete without handmade costumes, and Folk Master Lou Trahan reveals her mask making techniques. A leader in the global mobile-photography movement uses her iPhone to create unique art; welder Gary Kandziora recycles metal parts into engaging sculptures; and a California neighborhood turns trash dumpsters into canvases for artists. The major renovation of the Crowley Opera House has preserved an architectural gem and a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 2 - Episode 210

click for larger image Members of the Contemporary Fabric Artists of Louisiana discuss their work and inspirations for the exhibit, “Quilt the Swamp.” The Chemical Heritage Foundation is a curiously-named museum that highlights not only the history of chemistry, but also the intersection of art and science; Iraqi-born poet Dunya Mikhail fled Iraq in the mid-1990s after discovering her name was on Saddam Hussein’s enemies list; and we visit a grand master sand sculptor in Florida. Our Louisiana Treasure this week showcases the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville.

Season 2 - Episode 209

click for larger image Painter Alex Harvie’s contemporary images are full of movement and spontaneity, which he has brought into the spotlight by painting live at events. A one-man, multi-media theatre piece pokes fun at the “Hip Hop Industrial Complex,” and explores challenges and stereotypes in the industry. Sculptor Barbara Sorensen focuses on the relationship between humans and nature; and a woodworker from Cleveland, Ohio crafts guitars for celebrity musicians. A charismatic character in Cajun music, “Jolie Blonde” is a Louisiana Treasure and remains as seductive and enigmatic as ever.

Season 2 - Episode 208

click for larger image The LSU Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Sandra Parks, performs modern dance choreographed to a Prokofiev Quintet written in 1926. A curator explores the messages in Norman Rockwell’s paintings, especially two works featuring African Americans; a music producer introduces Jazz to a new generation; and an Artists’ Collaborative Gallery in Sacramento is a hit with the local creative crowd. Our Louisiana Treasures segment takes us rollin’ on the river with a look at steam powered Paddlewheelers from yesterday and today.

Season 2 - Episode 207

click for larger image With a keen eye for interior design, Rebecca Vizard transforms antique textiles from around the world into deluxe home accessories in her studio on Lake Bruin. A New York pilot-turned-artist tells us how her love of maps turned into her passion for painting. Designer Kenji Kondo shares his thoughts on modern manufacturing and sustainability; and architecture and city skylines are the favorite subject of artist Steve Slaske. In our Louisiana Treasures segment, learn the story of a controversial statue nicknamed “Uncle Jack.”

Season 2 - Episode 206

click for larger image Baton Rouge painter Christopher Turner often turns to music for inspiration, and enjoys the demands of painting at live events. A Spanish language conservatory in Miami brings a new version of Cyrano to the stage. Classical pianist Katie Mahan shares her views on music and art, and her role in the world of classical music. A surfing couple turns to skateboarding when the waves are calm, and bring the artistry of a craftsman to their one-of-a-kind Longline skateboards; and we’ll hear how the Louisiana Hayride helped launch music careers, becoming a treasure in north Louisiana.

Season 2 - Episode 205

click for larger image We examine the career of Louisiana painter George Rodrigue as his son, Jacques walks us through a retrospective exhibit in New Orleans. Married for 20 years, two glass artists who work together in Las Vegas discuss their art and their relationship. Paleo-artist John Gurche uses his talents to bring dinosaurs to museums, books and even Hollywood. A drum and dance company takes us on a cultural journey; and we appreciate the unique values of having the Bald Cypress as our state tree.
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