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Art Rocks! Season 9

Art Rocks! - Episode 920

Meet Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ceramist Becky Nash, whose graceful ruffles, waves, colors, and layering techniques set her pieces in a class of their own. She shares why she loves creating in clay. Plus: Ballet Edge Detroit presents classical technique with a modern twist; New Mexico’s Corrales Artist Studio Tour shows off the creative process; and Chef Jonathan Perno brings the colors and flavors of southwestern cuisine to life.

Art Rocks! - Episode 920

Chinese-born potter, Katherine Choy, left an indelible mark in the world of ceramics, accentuated by her tenure as Director of Ceramics at Newcomb College in New Orleans in the 1950s. She introduced her students to new forms, color, and design through groundbreaking techniques influenced by her homeland. We visit the New Orleans Museum of Art to learn more. Plus: explore the history of sheet music, printmaking techniques from Cincinnati, Ohio’s Tiger Lily Press, and the creative label designs of Ska Brewing Company in Durango, Colorado.

Art Rocks! - Episode 321

Jairus Daigle’s fascination with the violin began when he was a child attending Lake Charles Symphony concerts to hear his dad, Chester Daigle, who was the orchestra’s pianist. Jairus followed his musical calling, becoming a Berklee College of Music graduate with two albums to his credit. Hear how music remained a family affair for the Daigles. Plus: the neo-impressionist works of Gustave Caillebotte on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art; Sacramento fashion photographer, Mark Gunter; and balloon artist Bobby Scuteri of Sarasota, Florida. We also visit the oldest fully functioning courthouse in the United States – it’s found right here in Louisiana.

Art Rocks! - Episode 919

The Cary Saurage Community Arts Center is the inspiring new headquarters of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. This multi-use, 12,000 foot space was designed to serve area artists and includes a black box studio for music, dance, and film; recording and arts studios; a rooftop terrace and more. Named for longtime supporter of the arts, Cary Saurage, Art Council President & CEO Renee Chatelain takes us on a tour. Plus: Artist and educator Rachelle Eason of Lakeland, Florida; an exhibition on the life and times of Alexander Hamilton in Houston, Texas; and artists of color connect with audiences in Tampa, Florida.

Art Rocks! - Episode 918

Meet celebrated Port Allen, Louisiana artist, Ronald Trahan, best known for his musically-inspired, copper sculptures. His decades-long devotion to creating graceful and energetic forms is being honored by the West Baton Rouge Museum with its exhibition Rooting Metal: The Trahan Gallery. Plus: Jazz musician Romel Sims of Cincinnati, Ohio; the Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and reconstructing identity through art in Huffman, Texas.

Art Rocks! - Episode 917

Dr Gregory Lyons, a talented percussionist and music professor at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, saw an opportunity to connect musicians around the northern part of the Pelican State. The resulting event, New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival, is a collaboration of contemporary composers who inspire an exchange of ideas and the creation of new works from a wide variety of styles.

Art Rocks! - Episode 916

Jay Davis of Monroe, Louisiana realized his childhood dream, working as an animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation. After more than a decade in Burbank, California, his creative journey led him back to his hometown where he creates art that celebrates the natural wonder and beauty of the south. Plus: Fine wines made in the heart of the Motor City; Thai-inspired dishes that are a feast for all the senses; and an original 1869 coin press from the Carson City Mint.

Art Rocks! - Episode 915

In rural West Feliciana Parish, the founders of Afton Villa sought the help of a French landscape designer to create a garden of lasting beauty. Over 150 years later and thanks to committed caretakers, this Louisiana treasure continues to be preserved and enhanced to the delight of lovers of elegant outdoor spaces. Plus: ice sculptures in upstate New York; a tour of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, including its 1885 flagship made of iron; and nostalgic hand-painted signs in Reno, Nevada.

Art Rocks! - Episode 914

Baton Rouge artist Yvette Creel shares the story behind her watercolor series called Scary Little Bunnies. The bunnies have become the subjects of many of her paintings, largely because of their popularity with her collectors. Plus: See the work of 19th century neo-impressionists; Wisconsin caricaturist, John Kascht, whose work is in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; and Burning Man festival participants, whose installations fill the landscape in the Black Rock Desert of Northwest Nevada each year.

Art Rocks! - Episode 913

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden is ranked among the best – and most unusual – in the world. It’s the inspired creation of Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by profession, who possessed a passion for constructing sculptures that illustrate the stories of the scripture. Although Hill had to abandon his garden, others traveling through coastal Terrebonne Parish saw the genius of his work and are finding ways to ensure its preservation. Plus: after a career in ministry, Yvette Walker Dalton of Dayton Ohio, returns to her artistic roots; students learn hip-hop at a dance studio in Columbus, Ohio; and Tibetan monks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ceremoniously construct a sand mandala and embark on a sacred journey.

Art Rocks! - Episode 912

2022 marked the 150th year the Krewe of Rex has rolled down the streets of New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. The krewe has held tightly to its original purpose of family-friendly fun. Curators from The Historic New Orleans Collection share the story behind the fatted ox and the popular doubloons associated with this celebrated krewe. Plus: vivid portraits by Desiree Kelly of Detroit, Michigan; artisanal cocktails in Reno, Nevada; and the retro art of roller skating in Columbus, Ohio.

Art Rocks! - Episode 911

Making Mardi Gras is a new exhibition at the Historic New Orleans Collection exploring how Carnival season is part of Louisiana’s cultural and collective identity and a chief driver of the economy in New Orleans. Plus: woodworker Greg Vigil of Grand Junction, Colorado; multimedia artist Chad Mize of St. Petersburg, Florida; and glassblower Nate Freeland of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Art Rocks! - Episode 910

Meet artist Deborah Luke of Baton Rouge, one of the most highly sought-after liturgical sculptors in the United States. She tells us about her early training at St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, and how she continues to derive great joy from creating art today. Plus: Ohio artist, Jon Barlow Hudson, creates multi-media works that grace public spaces worldwide, and New Mexico artist, Scott Greene, paints detailed works that examine man’s impact on the natural world.

Art Rocks! - Episode 909

Every November, tens of thousands of art admirers and collectors flock to south Louisiana for the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. Hundreds of artists from across the United States compete to be part of the juried festival, but a select 200 ceramicists, painters, photographers, fiber artists, woodworkers, metalworkers, sculptors, and jewelers are invited to present their works along several city blocks. Many regard the event as one of the best fine arts festivals along the Gulf Coast. Plus: Detroit’s Motor City Barrels fashion handcrafted works from whiskey and wine barrels; Cincinnati ceramicist, Nancy Hopkins, impresses with unusual glazing techniques; and Johnny Maio of Tampa serenades his hometown in song.

Art Rocks! - Episode 908

“The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists supports growth of LSU Museum of Art’s permanent collection by funding acquisitions of works by Black, Indigenous, and Latinx artists, including those of marginalized sexualities, gender identities, and communities.” We talk to representatives from the museum including Clarke Brown, a Curatorial Fellow, who is specializing in diversity and inclusion in the arts. Plus, we visit the Columbus Open Studio and Stage, as well as meet textile artist, Jackie Weatherly of Dayton, who creates one of a kind pieces using dye and silk.

Art Rocks! - Episode 907

Shreveport, Louisiana artist Byron May uses bold colors, shapes and design on a canvas of stainless steel. Using a paint that he’s developed for the past decade, he takes the mixture of elements that are un-assembled in his mind to create art that commands attention. Plus: The Colour of Music Festival celebrates contributions of people with African ancestry to the field of classical music; “art for all” is abundant at the Wide Open Walls Festival in Sacramento, California; and potter Jim McDowell of North Carolina keeps the memory of his ancestors alive through his “face jugs.”

Art Rocks! - Episode 906

Photographer Jeremiah Ariaz of Baton Rouge spent four and a half years photographing Creole and Black trail riding clubs in South Louisiana. His images capture the experience of this cultural tradition that has roots in the 18th century, and are now the subject of his book, Louisiana Trail Riders. Plus: the Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates 50 years, the value of music as therapy, and the Americana-inspired airbrush work of Reno, Nevada artist John Schmitz.

Art Rocks! - Episode 905

Meet Lafayette artist Cayla Mattea Zeek, who draws inspiration for her paintings from a multitude of sources, including the flora and fauna of Louisiana and from her imaginative, vivid dreams. Fusing these dreams and reality into the narratives of her work is the way she expresses her life’s experience. Plus: The Body Paint Factory in Reno, Nevada transforms the human figure into works of creative expression; the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, explores the artistic and cultural mecca of Harlem; and The WhiskeyBelles, a musical trio from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serve up their own unique blend of country, bluegrass, Americana, and folk.

Art Rocks! - Episode 904

Meet Lake Charles native and Zydeco musician, Rusty Metoyer. It was the passing of his grandfathers, both Creole musicians, that prompted Rusty to pick up the accordion to keep his family’s musical tradition alive. Now, he is taking this distinctive Louisiana musical style to new heights with his band The Zydeco Krush. Next, two Ohio artists create work using a diversity of materials: Chris Mercerhill tells stories through his photographic quilts, and Ramon Jordan puts wood, steel, and acrylic to creative use in his works of art. Plus, public art in Reno, Nevada revitalizes environments by bringing people together in shared experience.

Art Rocks! - Episode 903

Meet Caddo Parish Poet Laureate and spoken word artist, Poetic X. He believes poetry is for everyone because it has an illuminating power to make us reflect on and connect with parts of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed. Plus: Emily Reid of Reno, Nevada paints vibrant animal portraits; the MassArt Art Museum in Boston showcases contemporary, ever-changing exhibitions; and Virgil Taylor of Detroit, Michigan creates wearable art inspired by the ancient Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Art Rocks! - Episode 902

Meet talented mixed media artist, Candice Alexander, of Lake Charles. Her colorful, fleur-de-lis themed work has been long sought-after and widely-collected far beyond her Louisiana home. After two hurricanes amidst a pandemic, it was Alexander’s strong connection to her community and her unwavering tenacity that resulted in her most successful year to date. Next, photographer and diver, Andreas Franke takes the plunge into underwater exhibitions in order to address the plastics awash in the world’s oceans. Plus, inspired by 18th century design and science fiction, sculptor Cindy Wynn turns scrap metal into decorative works of art, and Art Battle Sarasota pits painter against painter in a fast-action competition that vies for votes from spectators.

Art Rocks! - Episode 901

Meet puppeteer, Clay Achee of Baton Rouge, who discusses his digital-first collaboration with LPB, Ziggy’s Arts Adventure, an educational puppet series about a 9-year-old alien who travels to Earth in search of art. Next, quilter Cynthia Lockhart of Cincinnati, Ohio has a goal of inspiring hope with needle and thread; Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters make music that combines rockabilly and outlaw country in Key West, Florida; and comic strip creator Brian Crane of Sparks, Nevada tells us about Pickles.


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On Friday, June 24 at 8:30PM and Saturday, June 25 at 5:30PM on Art Rocks! The Series, (episode #921): Meet Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ceramist Becky Nash, whose graceful ruffles, waves, colors, and layering techniques set her pieces in a class of their own. She shares why she loves creating in clay. Plus: Ballet Edge Detroit presents classical technique with a modern twist; New Mexico’s Corrales Artist Studio Tour shows off the creative process; and Chef Jonathan Perno brings the colors and flavors of southwestern cuisine to life.



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