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Art Rocks! Season 8

Art Rocks! - Episode 408

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 & Gardens located beside the Ouachita River in Monroe, this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

Art Rocks! - Episode 808

Meet the Foto Sisters, a nationally renowned Christian music trio from Clinton, Louisiana. Sisters and band members, Gaylyn, Katelyn, and Adelyn share the secret to their success. Then, David Hinchen is an illustrator whose love for stately historic houses between New York’s Hudson Valley and Boston, Massachusetts inspires him to recreate them in exacting detail. Learn about the sustainable fashion movement with a visit to Ekologic, a clothing recycling enterprise based in Troy, New York. Plus, young scholars in Reno, Nevada research important figures from history, then portray those characters through live performance.

Art Rocks! - Episode 807

Meet Alexandria, Louisiana artist Elizabeth Morgan. Inspired by her artist grandfather, Elizabeth practiced her passion to become equally skillful painting still lifes, landscapes and abstract work. Then, Wisconsin woodturner Scott Boris reveals the hidden beauty of trees. We visit the Hudson River Skywalk that connects the homes of two 19th century masters of painting. Plus, we travel to The Sunshine State to learn about the art of animation at Echo Bridge Pictures.

Art Rocks! - Episode 806

Meet Louisiana milliner, Mimi Holaday, who returned to her hometown of New Orleans and launched her brand HALO MIMI. Her luxury one-of-a-kind hats are attracting quite a following that includes a national clientele. Next, university students in Sacramento, California teach elementary students the art of playing a stringed instrument. Muralists in the coastal community of Dunedin, Florida liven up neighborhood facades. Plus, discover exotic plants collected from tropical and subtropical climates housed in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory in Denver, Colorado.

Art Rocks! - Episode 805

Explore the legacy of prolific sculptor, Frank Hayden, whose works grace the campus of Southern University and downtown Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has assembled the largest collection of Hayden’s work found anywhere, and with the help of LASM Curator, Lexi Adams, artist Morris Taft Thomas and others, we bear witness to Hayden’s life and work. Next, we visit the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, established to further the study of contemporary drawing. Then, we tour Pueblo Neon Alley in Colorado, home to the most extensive collection of vintage neon signage west of Times Square and east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Art Rocks! - Episode 804

Meet three Shreveport, Louisiana artists: soprano Brenda Wimberly, painter Whitney Tates, and multi-media artist J.Ryan, who talk to us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their lives and art. Next, Baltimore-based filmmaker, Margaret Rorison explores the enigmatic nature of memory, and Columbus, Ohio art collector, Ron Pizzuti explains what he looks for when adding to his collection. Then, renowned musical ensemble, the Amenda Quartet of Rochester, New York plays all sixteen string quartets by Ludwig Von Beethoven as part of Project Ludwig.

Art Rocks - Episode 626

We visit with biologist and artist Brandon Ballengée, who uses his background to research, explore, and inform his audience about the perils posed by the loss of flora and fauna. Then meet Susheel Bibbs, highly regarded as an international opera singer, and who has starred in her own one-woman musicals about African American heroines. Plus, hear how Oklahoma City musician Justin Echols balances life as a police officer and as an accomplished jazz master.

Art Rocks! - Episode 803

Meet Veretta Garrison-Moller, an artist and entrepreneur whose success has come from her creative talents and saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity. Known for using mixed media to create abstract works full of texture, the Ohio-native maintains an artist studio in River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, after stints in Rochester and on Fifth Avenue in NYC. Next, Colorado painter and sculptor, Tania Dibbs, tells us about her process that integrates science and nature into her work. Then, we hear about four generations in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who have carried on the tradition of making hand-tooled leather goods. Plus, a visit to the Cotton Club, a jazz mecca in Colorado Springs, Colorado, whose owner, Fannie Mae Duncan, was also a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement.

Art Rocks! - Episode 802

Meet world-class violinist Lin He, who began musical training at the age of five in Shanghai, China. Lin received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and is now Associate Professor of Violin at LSU, dividing his time among the top symphony orchestras in Louisiana. He also teaches masterclasses and performs throughout the world. Highlights have included five appearances at Carnegie Hall and performing with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood Music Festival. Then, we visit printmaker Katherine Case, who draws inspiration from the Sierra Nevada Mountains for her linoleum-block prints. Plus, Michigan woodturner, Steve Kolpacke, demonstrates his technique.

Art Rocks! - Episode 801

Baton Rouge Gallery’s 65 artist members offer a creative solution to staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gallery President/CEO Jason Andreasen invited each artist to have one of their original works of art reimagined as a face mask. We visit with him and artist member Michaelene Walsh, who tell us about the successful collaboration that has generated lots of community interest and donations that support frontline health workers, the participating artists, and the gallery. Then, we meet American composer Peter Boyer of Los Angeles, who discusses his work Ellis Island: The Dream of America, featured on Great Performances PBS. Plus, we visit Harvard Art Museum’s centennial exhibition celebrating The Bauhaus, as well as the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles.

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Hosted by James Fox-Smith of Country Roads Magazine, Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series that spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. It features Louisiana stories, as well as segments from PBS affiliates across the country.

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