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Art Rocks! Season 8

Art Rocks! - Episode 824

Take a look back at our 2018 interview with Louisiana sculptor, Lin Emery, as we celebrate her legacy as an artist of worldwide acclaim. Known for creating sculpture that harnesses kinetic energy by wind, water, magnets or motors, her work reflects the forces of nature with effortless motion. Plus, meet woodturner, Thomas Irven, of Houston, Texas; glass artist, Emily Bartelt Juel, of Norfolk, Virginia; and experience ‘art crawls’ in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Art Rocks! - Episode 823

Meet Chicago native and author, Gabriel Bump. His debut book, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong,” was named winner of the 2020 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. The award honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. “Everywhere You Don’t Belong” is the both dark and humorous coming-of-age story of Claude McKay Love, a young man living with his grandmother on the South Side of Chicago during the 1990s. Plus: we visit a plein air arts festival in the Florida Keys; the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in Ghent, New York; and hear from American Jazz pianist, Lafayette Gilchrist.

Art Rocks! - Episode 822

Get a glimpse at the next generation of artists at Baton Rouge Gallery’s annual REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Juried High School Exhibition. The exhibition shines a light on over 50 works of original art produced by students from East Baton Rouge Parish public and private high schools, who are given the opportunity to see what a real life experience is for professional visual artists. In addition to sharing the talents of area students and encouraging them to pursue their art outside of the classroom, the exhibition also draws attention to the importance of arts education. Plus: the intricate paper collage work of Kristi Abbott; a tribute to jazz pianist and bona fide American musical legend, Chick Corea; and the metal sculpture of Rod Ford, known affectionately as the “Robot Man.”

Art Rocks! - Episode 821

Meet Baton Rouge artist, Chase Mullen. Mullen's paintings are a contemporary take on southern wildlife and culture, heavily influenced by antique field guides and early scientific illustration. Using a realist painting technique, they draw attention to anatomy and juxtaposition of the environment both organic and man-made. Plus, NASA animator Jon Levy marries art with technology resulting in cosmic creations, a look at the darker side of Renaissance master Botticelli, and the Columbus Museum of Art showcases Black artists whose work focuses on family.

Art Rocks! - Episode 820

Meet New Orleans glassblower, James Vella, whose realistic glass fish and delicate orchids demonstrate the striking versatility of glass as a medium. This alchemic ability of blown glass to transition between liquid and solid states has fascinated sculptors and patrons alike for millennia. Vella, Glass Studio Manager at YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists), tells us what keeps drawing him to the flame. Then, we visit American Realism painter Amy Sherald of Baltimore. Her striking portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, now graces the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Plus, the American Indian beadwork of Colorado artist Chela Lujan, and Nevada artists who stretch the possibilities of balloon-animal art.

Art Rocks! - Episode 819

Meet ceramicist and Louisiana State University Associate Professor of Art, Michaelene “Mikey” Walsh. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and can also be found in public spaces in Louisiana, including Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. Mikey’s imagery of relatable objects, such as birds, ice cream or gift bows, take on something unique and more poetic through their creation in clay, drawing people in and allowing them to experience these forms in a new way. Plus, Detroit, Michigan artist, Lauren Semivan uses a camera that dates back to the Model-T era, Minnesota choreographer Joanie Smith interprets poetry through performance art, and art fans are taken behind the process in Cleveland, Ohio.

Art Rocks! - Episode 818

Meet printmaker Brian Kelly, a member artist of Baton Rouge Gallery and art instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Kelly has always been interested in pattern, line and texture and uses his life experience to build narratives in four printmaking disciplines: woodcut, lithography, etching and silkscreen. Next, hear from Florida Blues musician Selwyn Birchwood, and then see the fiber art of Nevada’s Tina Vines, an aficionado of vintage fashions. Plus, poet Dora Malech of Baltimore turns to language to explore uncertainty.

Art Rocks! - Episode 817

See the work of national award-winning quilter, Judy Holley of Baton Rouge, who started sewing at sixteen and has taught the art of quilting throughout the Gulf Coast for twenty-five years. Her work has involved civic quilt projects commemorating local history, as well as memory quilts made from the clothing of loved ones to provide solace at a time of loss. Then, we visit the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), whose goal is to prepare students for lasting roles in today’s music industry. Plus, in Ghent, New York, visual artist Kenneth Young shares his creative journey, and in Tampa Bay, Florida, we unearth pottery created by prehistoric man.

Art Rocks! - Episode 816

Meet Baton Rouge sculptor and potter Dr. Lillian Bridwell-Bowles, who infuses her work in clay with history and mythology, drawing upon her 50 years of teaching on rhetoric, writing, and culture. Next, we’re in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Fiserv Forum, a major sports arena that is also home to a public art collection that celebrates the community and state. In Denver, Colorado, the Elitch Gardens offer an immersive, multimedia installation that takes passengers on an exciting adventure. Staying in Denver, a group of artists called, “The Big Picture” use the streets as their canvas with a technique called wheatpasting that enlivens the city with powerful photographs.

Art Rocks! - Episode 815

Known for his vivid and powerful figurative paintings, Robert Freeman’s trademark technique is the skillful use of bold color and gesture that make his figures nearly abstract. In his newest body of work, he invites us into the glorious costuming traditions of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. Then, Dayton, Ohio fiber artist Frances M. Turner, designs wardrobes for her hand-made dolls using rich African textiles. Next, a look at the tools and techniques craftspeople in Carlsbad, California use to build musical instruments. Plus, science and religion merge at a Texas church near the Nasa Johnson Space Center, where stained glass windows recreate the celestial images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Art Rocks! - Episode 814

Step into the studio of fine art photographer, David Humphreys. In addition to his in-demand commercial food photography, David creates exquisite, larger-than-life photographic studies of flowers, vegetables, aquatic creatures, and more that invite viewers to see the familiar in new ways. Then, we visit Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Missouri, whose mission is to bridge the gulf between school and stage. Plus, two Columbus, Ohio, jewelry designers who combine precious materials with modern design for off-beat classics, and we find out about “Day Habilitation” at Rochester, New York’s The Arc of Monroe.

Art Rocks! - Episode 813

Meet New Orleans painter, Terrance Osborne, at his Magazine Street gallery. He shares the thought process behind his exuberant paintings that capture the essence of the Crescent City’s unique people, places and passions. Then, we go to Rochester, New York to meet Rob Rogalski who crafts fantastical sculptures. Plus, an Orlando, Florida couple are champions of a home-grown approach to making music with area folk musicians.

Art Rocks! - Episode 812

We remember Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), who lived at Melrose Plantation for most of her life. It was while she was a cook at the property, about 1940, when she first picked up paint brushes to create her first artwork. We speak with artist and former educator, Morris Taft Thomas, who forged a close friendship with Hunter and shares his insights on her life and work. Then, we see how the Wisconsin Philharmonic has been delighting audiences with their musical concerts for more than seventy years and provide hands-on experiences to families. Plus, a tour of the newly renovated Eustis Mansion in Milton, Massachusetts, an architectural treasure constructed in 1878.

Art Rocks! - Episode 811

Meet Baton Rouge artist Katherine Rutledge, who paints depictions of Louisiana’s lush marshlands and New Orleans’ most gorgeous courtyards. Then, we visit an art project in Columbus, Ohio that represents the under-represented. Plus, Baltimore, Maryland music students take on the work of composer Tim Rice, and famed Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama creates reflections of the infinite.

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 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! - 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 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