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Art Rocks! Season 6

Art Rocks! Season 6

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 625

Zachary, Louisiana couple, Larry and Gay Square, share the story behind their extensive art collection, that includes works by artists from across the United States and as far afield as South Africa. Next, we see the creative work of Chesapeake, Virginia glass artists Robin and Julia Rogers, and then meet Tauba Auerbach, whose public art in New York Harbor commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. This week’s Louisiana Treasure is a visit to New Iberia’s Shadows-on-the-Teche Antebellum home and gardens, the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South.

Art Rocks - Episode 624

Meet Baton Rouge artist Demond Matsuo, who is inspired by the artistry of Asian Geishas and their elaborate wardrobes. Influenced by ancient mythology, he is also known for his astounding depictions of adorned stags. We visit with American composer, Michael Torke, to hear how he incorporated jazz into an unforgettable soundscape for ten pianos. Next, head west to Colorado for a stop at the Creede Repertory Theatre, founded over 50 years ago to encourage the economy of what was a fading mining town. Today the theatre company is nationally recognized.

Art Rocks - Episode 623

We learn the secret to the six decades of success of Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. Then, meet Missouri artist, Nina Irwin, whose dreamlike "scapes" showcase hints of texture among washes of color. Plus, we’ll take a look at public art in Milwaukee.

Art Rocks - Episode 622

We visit Newcomb Museum in New Orleans to see an exhibition on the lives of incarcerated women. Cuban ballet dancer Cervilio Amador performed in the United States, and then never returned to his homeland. Hear his story. Plus, we’ll show you how a shipping container makes it possible for a Colorado violinist to teach a student half a world away, in Rwanda.

Art Rocks - Episode 621

Visit the small town of Zachary, that boasts a high school drama program that stages spectacular productions of classics like A Few Good Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, and Guys and Dolls. The students and teachers tell us the story behind their success. Next, we go west to Nevada to meet metalsmith Jim Moffitt, known for sculpting metal orbs into the most unique fire pits you’ve ever seen. Plus, learn about the influential pottery created by the women of Newcomb Memorial College beginning at the turn of the last century. Our Louisiana Treasure is a visit to the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans to see its expansive collection of Newcomb pottery.

Art Rocks - Episode 620

Artists from across the United States gather in New Iberia each year for the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Art Competition. Meet some of this year’s participating artists and hear why this competition is such a draw. Then, meet Rochester, New York’s twice named “Best Busker,” folk-rocker Jackson Cavalier. Plus, the Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising Program at LSU is using modern technology to perfect traditional garment making. Learn the importance of computers throughout the manufacturing process, from printing patterns to achieving the perfect fit.

Art Rocks - Episode 619

Meet New Orleans artist Billy Solitario, who paints beautiful skyscapes with billowing clouds, as well as sea life that lurks beneath the water’s surface: the crabs, shrimp, and oysters he grew up catching as a child. See two Wisconsin artists collaborate to create unexpected sculpture out of steel and glass. Plus, visit The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Ohio. The museum is the permanent home of one of the nation’s largest collections of Afro-American materials, with over 9,000 artifacts and artwork, 350 manuscript collections, and thousands of photographs.

Art Rocks - Episode 618

Visit with Mia Kaplan, painter and sculptor from St. Tammany Parish whose work is driven by her interest in transformational qualities and patterns found in nature especially in the marshes and swamps of her hometown. We will discover how notions of death and vanity intersect at a fashion exhibition inside the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida. California concert pianist Lara Downes celebrates the legacy of the great American composer Leonard Bernstein, and we will take you to a professional development class in Colorado that demonstrates to teachers how to integrate art and creativity into all school subjects.

Art Rocks - Episode 617

Monroe’s Holli Conway is not only wearing the Miss Louisiana crown, she also holds the title of Best Talent in the Miss America Pageant for her commanding vocal performance. Holli shares with us the training it took to step onto center stage and her aspirations on becoming a Broadway performer. One of western music’s most familiar stringed instruments is undergoing a revolution. See how 3-D Printing is giving the violin a dramatic new look. We marvel at murals in Rochester, New York by WPA artist Carl Peters, and then return to Louisiana for a visit to West Monroe’s charming Antique Alley, which is like taking a step back in time with retail façades that harken an earlier era. That’s this week’s "Louisiana Treasure".

Art Rocks - Episode 616

Meet Monroe painter Don Cincone, whose studies in fine art began as an eighth grader through correspondence courses with great American painters, including Norman Rockwell. Now, it’s Cincone's work that is sought after worldwide. Minnesota designer, Moira Bateman shows us how she uses native plants and natural materials to sculpt one-of-a-kind dresses. This week’s Louisiana Treasure is St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, including its rare sculpture garden. Father Mark Beard explains why the artwork found there is important to the faith.

Art Rocks - Episode 615

Hear from painter Jonathan Mayers and actor/musician Clif St. Laurent, who with poet/writer Beverly Matherne and a group of other Louisiana artists, collaborated on the book "Mythologies Louisianaises", aimed at preserving Louisiana mythology and the three languages in which it was originally expressed: English, International Louisiana French, and Kouri-Vini or Louisiana Creole. Then, we meet Behzod Abduraimov, who started studying music as a 5-year-old in Uzbekistan. We will follow his journey to Kansas City, Missouri and international stardom. We celebrate cowboys, horses, and icons of the American West through the work of Oklahoma artist Harold Holden. And, we’ll show you what happened when a wealthy lumber man in the early 1900s was turned away from one of Alexandria’s hotels. His answer: build the art deco masterpiece that is the Hotel Bentley, this week’s "Louisiana Treasure".

Art Rocks - Episode 614

Visit with Central Louisiana artist Cindy Blair, whose luminary sculptures are fashioned out of rice paper. She explains the techniques she uses to construct her other-worldly creations. Then, we follow photographer and filmmaker Stephen Locke, as he tracks down storms to capture the full extent of Mother Nature’s fury. Plus, Forts Randolph and Buhlow in Pineville remind us of the struggle between Union and Confederate soldiers to control the Red River. Park Ranger Richard Holloway takes us on a tour of these State Historic Sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places. That’s this week’s Louisiana Treasure.

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.

Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations. Special thanks to media partner Country Roads Magazine.

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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!

Fridays at 8:30pm and encores Saturdays at 5:30pm