Art Rocks! Season 6

Art Rocks - Episode 613

Visit with Paulo Dufour, whose stained glass windows set spaces aglow throughout the region, and whose blown glass, metal, and painted compositions are in public and private collections around the world. We also meet Ohio portrait artist Brent Naughton who specializes in painting athletes and everyday heroes. In addition to hundreds of bird species, the LSU Museum of Natural Science houses many other animals preserved through taxidermy, including the original Mike the Tiger. We pay a visit to the museum in this week’s Louisiana Treasures segment.

Art Rocks - Episode 612

Visit with Central Louisiana artist Margie Tate, who captures the changing shades of light and the beauty in nature: majestic trees, sun-dappled creeks, and landscapes wreathed in a dreamy rural solitude. Next, we head to Mark Groaning’s gallery in Rochester, New York to see his multi-media work that is united by a common thread. In Columbus, Ohio, one woman is designing corsets inspired by the golden era of Hollywood. Then, we’re back in the bayou state for our Louisiana Treasure. There are hundreds of birds on display at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. While many species are native to Louisiana, the collection also includes species that migrate here from Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and the West Indies. Museum Director, Dr. Robb Brumfield, tells us how the collection came to be.

Season 6 - Episode 611

Visit with contemporary jazz great and National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master,” Ellis Marsalis, who shares his thoughts on the evolution of music and why the piano is his instrument of choice. We meet Ohio couple John and Marcia Koverman, who create intricate mosaics, and Florida artist Stephen Koury, known world-wide for his portrayals of exotic wildlife. Plus, the Billy Cannon statue next to LSU’s Tiger Stadium will remind many of the athlete’s great Halloween run. In our Louisiana Treasures segment, we speak with Cannon’s daughter, Bunnie, about her dad’s legacy in football and his devotion to family.

Season 6 - Episode 610

Meet figurative sculptor Becky Gottsegen of Baton Rouge, who has developed an incredible ability of working with clay to capture the likenesses of people. Alanis Morissette’s album, "Jagged Little Pill" gets new life, more than 20 years after it was first released. We visit with Ohio artist Jeff Vollmer, who sculpts intricate and puzzling wooden boxes. Plus, in this week’s "Louisiana Treasures" segment, experience the Chitimacha Powwow, an annual celebration of native cultures, as expressed through music and traditional dance competitions.

Art Rocks! - Episode 609

On Art Rocks! Friday, November 9 at 8:30PM and Saturday, November 10 at 5:30PM, we visit with New Orleans artist Lin Emery, acclaimed worldwide for her sculptures that harness and reflect the forces of nature. An impressive collection of Emery’s kinetic figures, powered by wind, water, magnets or motors, is currently on view at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. Plus, we learn why Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion stirs controversy. Then, head to southwest Louisiana with us to explore the Brimstone Museum and learn the history of our state’s sulphur mining industry. That’s this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Art Rocks! - Episode 608

Lake Charles painter Heather Boston shares why she decided to become a professional artist after a career in nursing. Boston credits divine intervention for her artistic inspiration. The glass bottle has been a staple in American life since the early 1800s. Take a tour with us of The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. This week’s Louisiana Treasure is Ollie Steele Burden.

Art Rocks! - Episode 607

We pay tribute to Baton Rouge artist Charles Barbier, a fixture in the arts community for decades. We visit with Columbus, Ohio artist, Wolfgang Parker. Trinidad, Colorado's parade of “art cars” and the Calcasieu Marine National Bank.

Art Rocks! - Episode 606

On Art Rocks! Friday, November 16 at 8:30PM and Saturday, November 17 at 5:30PM: The Art Factory in Lake Charles offers pottery classes for beginners and work spaces for more experienced artists. The owner, Tracy LeMieux tells us how the studio took shape, and how her passion for working with clay became her profession. We visit Raleigh, North Carolina, where political cartoonist Dwane Powell looks back on a lifetime of covering the news, and then visit Dayton, Ohio, where a formerly vacant house is now a vibrant contemporary arts center. Our Louisiana Treasure this week is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles. Experience the splendor of this century-old sacred space.

Art Rocks! - Episode 605

On Art Rocks! Friday, October 12 at 8:30PM and Saturday, October 13 at 5:30PM, we remember artist Floyd Sonnier, who created intricate pen and ink drawings depicting rural life in Acadiana. His illustrations live on in many homes and businesses, including his gallery in Scott, Louisiana, where Sonnier’s widow continues to share the stories behind his work. We hear from members of The Los Angeles Unified School District, whose mission is to put instruments in the hands of students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn music. Then, we will share the story of Saint Peter United Methodist Church in Donaldsonville, built for former slaves after the end of the Civil War. That’s this week’s Louisiana Treasure. These stories and more on Art Rocks!

Art Rocks! - Episode 604

On Friday, October 5 at 8:30PM and Saturday, October 6 at 5:30PM, we share the story of A. Hays Town, the late architect, highly regarded in south Louisiana for incorporating reclaimed materials and architectural styles of the past into modern homes. We meet composer and performer Eddy Kwon, who brings music education to the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our Louisiana Treasure is the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Donaldsonville, a Romanesque revival style building, constructed in 1889, that is still in use today.

Art Rocks! - Episode 603

Shreveport writer and Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, Ashley Mace Havird speaks with us about her book, Lightningstruck, which won the 2015 Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction. Diane Paulus, director of Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil, shares why fans are flocking to the enchanting production. Plus, this week’s Louisiana Treasure is the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette.

Art Rocks! - Episode 602

Meet Ruston, Louisiana painter Nick Bustamante, who uses surrealism to tell stories that harken the passage of time. Filipino-Americans in Tampa Bay, Florida celebrate their culture through dance; we visit with some of the talented performers. Plus, take a tour with us of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. Its dioramas depict how people in Louisiana have lived over the centuries.

Art Rocks! - Episode 601

This week’s season premiere includes a story about St. Francisville, Louisiana native Thomas Dawson of the Commodores and international opera star, Ivan Griffin. The pair recently collaborated on Griffin’s CD, “Finding My Way Back to Me.” Griffin and Dawson first performed music from the album at Easter services at Hemingbough this year and Art Rocks! was there. The season premiere will also include a segment on the Gardens of the American Rose Center located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine that explores the broad spectrum of art! The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from across the country. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state, and Louisiana Treasures – offering a glimpse of items, styles and themes that are unique to Louisiana. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks! Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations. Special thanks to media partner Country Roads Magazine.

Art Rocks! - Episode Evergreen

Meet artist Jim Jeansonne, a founding member of Baton Rouge Gallery, who has spent more than six decades mastering many art forms. Meet award-winning Chef Phillip Lopez of New Orleans, who tours the Ogden Museum in search of artwork to inspire a menu for The Art of Food, a culinary and dining experience like no other. Plus, New York actor Kim David Smith and Alaska artist Clarissa Rizal.

Art Rocks!

Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine that explores the broad spectrum of art! The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from across the country. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state, and Louisiana Treasures – offering a glimpse of items, styles and themes that are unique to Louisiana. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks!

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