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Art Rocks! Season 8

Art Rocks! Season 8

Art Rocks! - Episode 810

Meet renowned Lafayette photographer Philip Gould. Although born in Massachusetts and raised in the Bay area, Gould has captured the unique landscapes and cultures of Louisiana since the 1970’s. His new book, Bridging the Mississippi: Spans across the Father of Waters, portrays in words and stunning photographs the manmade structures that cross the nation’s most important and daunting natural waterway from New Orleans to Lake Itasca, Minnesota. Then, Jackson Walker, an oil painter in Orlando, Florida, creates historically accurate paintings documenting the Sunshine State’s history. Plus, Swedish sculptor, Kent Ullberg discusses his larger-than-life Mastodon installation at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Art Rocks! - Episode 519

We meet Ruston artist M. Douglas Walton, who was in Nepal in 2015 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake took the lives of almost 9,000 people. It was a devastating life-altering experience that created a spirituality in him that reveals itself through his paintings. Whether it’s cutting video or mixing sound, renowned editor Paul Barnes has built an impressive career creating masterpieces of storytelling. He will share his process with us. And, if you have visited Baton Rouge’s Galvez Plaza, you were probably impressed by the sculpture surrounding the water feature by the late Frank Hayden. One of Hayden’s former students, Baton Rouge artist Ben Peabody, discusses this work with us.

Art Rocks! - Episode 809

Letitia Huckaby creates quilted photographic works about faith, family, and cultural heritage. Huckaby traveled the world with her military family, but it is the humble, rural communities along the Louisiana-Mississippi state line near Baton Rouge, that inspire much of her work. The Ohio-based, Pens to Pictures, is a partnership between women in the Dayton Correctional Institution and the Ohio filmmaking community that helps guide women through the filmmaking process to find their voice behind bars. Plus, we celebrate the life and career of famed fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta.

Art Rocks! The Series: Holiday Special

The spotlight is on Louisiana artists! Explore the legacy of prolific sculptor, Frank Hayden; meet Madeline and Dawson Ellis, a couple who have created the flourishing jewelry line, Mimosa Handcrafted, known for its Louisiana-inspired designs; visit with Mia Kaplan, painter and sculptor from St. Tammany Parish whose work is driven by her interest in the transformational qualities found in nature; get creative with face masks adorned with the original art of Baton Rouge Gallery’s 65 artist members, and take a birdwatching tour as Herons on the Bayou flock to Ouachita Parish! Hosted by James Fox-Smith, Publisher of Country Roads Magazine with special guest Jason Andreasen, President/CEO of Baton Rouge Gallery. Viewers will have the opportunity to receive membership thank you gifts, perfect for sharing this holiday season and made by Louisiana artists and businesses!

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.

Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Viewers like You! Special thanks to media partner Country Roads Magazine.

LPB's Art Rocks! | The Series

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