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Tenor Paul Groves with Soprano Lisette Oropesa in A Starry Night, conducted by Joseph Colaneri, at the LSU Union Theatre in January 2019

Friday, November 15 at 8:30PM and Saturday, November 16 at 5:30PM on Art Rocks! (episode #709), meet Paul Groves, an operatic tenor who is not just a fixture in the great opera houses of the world, but also a source of tremendous pride for his native Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then, Wisconsin-born Christina Carfora combines photography and sketches made during her travel adventures to create her art. Next, see gravity-defying sculpture in Houston, Texas, before learning what the buzz is about on the Honeyrun Farm near Williamsport, Ohio.

Art Rocks! Season 7

Art Rocks! - Episode 708

Meet Ghada Henagan, a ceramic artist in Baton Rouge who grew up in a small village in Lebanon, where she began learning to see clay as her canvas. Today, Ghada finds inspiration for her work in nature incorporating different textures, drawings, and colors that evoke nostalgia and create connections between Louisiana and her native land. Then, we go ‘into the woods’ of Wisconsin with celebrated landscape painter Tom Uttech before taking a trip down memory lane in Massachusetts to see the art of poster making. Plus, a behind-the-scenes look at Something Rotten, a musical comedy that imagines the life and times of Shakespeare.

Art Rocks! - Episode 707

Louisiana native Lisette Oropesa is charming audiences in premier opera houses around the world. During a recent guest performance in Baton Rouge, the highly regarded soprano discussed the path that led her to operatic heights. The influence of Mayan ancestral roots is evident in the multi-media artwork of Minnesota artist Marisa Martinez. Then, we meet Suzanne Wallace Mears of Oklahoma City, also a mixed-media artist whose wit is reflected in her contemporary works. Closer to home, in Houston, Texas, photographer Peter Molick now uses drone technology to capture “Space City” from above.

Art Rocks! - Episode 706

Sherry Tamburo of Shreveport has mastered the art of turning wool into garments through experimental processes she describes as being akin to alchemy. We visit the studio of wood sculptor John Cross in Elizaville, New York, and meet high school student McKenzie Fitzgerald from Orlando, Florida who draws her artistic inspiration from science fiction. Plus, despite a 60-year age difference, artists Heather Bryant and Lorraine Fink find common ground through their latest collaboration in Norfolk, Virginia.

Art Rocks! - Episode 705

Meet Baton Rouge artist Rosemary Goodell, who is inspired by the patterns and asymmetrical balance of Japanese art. She tells us about making the transition from painting to creating monoprints and the visual aesthetic that enables her to excel at both. Next, we take you to Reno, Nevada to experience the aerial artistry, fire arts, and night circus bohemianism of the Siren Society. Hear how violinist Lucia Micarelli recovered from a career-threatening accident in Italy to achieve glittering success. Plus, spoken word artist and writer Ka Vang discusses keeping her native Hmong culture alive.

Art Rocks! - Episode 704

Meet Eddie Mormon, a self-taught artist from Lake Charles whose improvisational brushstrokes are his trademark. His vibrant works are all the more impressive given that Mormon is color-blind. Then, Calvin Arsenia of Kansas City, Missouri, creates connections with his audiences by marrying his classically trained voice with his talent at playing the harp. Plus, we visit the Brooklyn, New York studio of violin maker, Samuel Zygmuntowicz, and the Cincinnati Ballet, which has developed a very special partnership with that city’s children’s hospital.

Art Rocks! - Episode 703

Meet Shreveport-based ‘minimalist painter’ Joshua Chambers, whose use of saturated color gradients and fable-like imagery invoke a surreal quality inviting viewers to suspend disbelief. Next, see how the Rochester City Ballet creates a sensory friendly production of The Ugly Duckling. Then, a preservation society in New Mexico works to rediscover public art created in the 1930’s, as part of W.P.A. efforts.

Art Rocks! - Episode 702

Meet Baton Rouge artist Dr. Hye Yeon Nam, who creates interactive and kinetic art with environmental and social inferences. The South Korean native combines three-dimensional cityscapes with digital technology to reveal the threat rising sea levels pose to coastal cities. Dr. Nam and collaborator, Dr. Brendan Harmon, talk about their latest work. Saint Paul, Minnesota artist Lisa Friedrich uses smoke and flames to create representations of her surroundings. Plus, we’ll introduce you to Michigan-based singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin, who blends genres from yesteryear to present day.

Art Rocks! - Episode 701

Meet Lake Charles artist Heather Ryan Kelley, who is inspired by the literary works of James Joyce, and has developed a vocabulary of symbolic images within her paintings. The Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City motivates children to express themselves through performance art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston receives a treasure trove of Dutch and Flemish paintings dating back to the 1600s. Plus, hear about ceramicist Ruth Rippon and her influence on the evolution of pottery vessels.

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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