Stetson, gives us a tour of the collection. See how the arts and business communities in Monroe came together for the largest and most sweeping public art project ever to migrate to Ouachita Parish. Inspired by the blue herons of the region, Herons on the Bayou nests six-foot-tall sculptures at area businesses in every fashion imaginable, painted and adorned by area artists. Plus, see stories about visual and performing artists from around the country.
The murals honor architect Julian T. Dafford is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, and has been deing and painting primarily outdoor works professionally since He is one the most prolific and successful muralists in America, with over large scale public works completed throughout the U. Plus, see stories about artists from around the country.
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She finds an interesting parallel between how humans are formed throughout their lifetime and how her paintings are created: they both are composed of multiple layers and each layer is an important and ificant part of the whole. Louisiana is a natural wonder with ethereal waterways, primeval forests, and an abundance of flora and fauna. The exhibition Acadia: Painting and Place at the New Orleans Museum of Art lets us see Louisiana through the eyes of the first European and South American settlers, who arrived more than years ago.
Curator Katie Pfohl guides us through the earliest paintings of Louisiana and introduces us to the artists who created them.
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Tina Freeman is a photographer whose images are raising awareness about the beauty and fragility of Louisiana landscapes. Her most recent body of work, Lamentations, is a starkly beautiful reflection on climate change seen in the juxtaposition between the landscapes of Louisiana, and those of the High Arctic. Its towering refineries, mills, and factories loom over neighboring communities, along a river network plied by tankers, barges, and cargo ships. Hear from Wisconsin portrait artist Pamela Ruschman, who grew up on a dairy farm and who now immortalizes barnyard animals in oil paintings.
Then, a Pulitzer Prize-winning script comes to life onstage in Boston in the impassioned play, Disgraced, and Ohio engineer Keith Allen shows us his intricately crafted books that literally pop off the .
Meet Audie Maxie, a woodworker from Linville, Louisiana who turns blocks of wood into bowls that are as decorative as they are functional. Meet conservator Elise Grenier, who divides her time between Louisiana and Italy to preserve great masterpieces of art. In Louisiana, one of the many projects she was tasked with was restoring the square-foot Conrad Albrizo fresco mural at the Louisiana State Museum.
Meet Elise and learn about her research, preservation, and promotion of treasured art works at home and abroad - this week on Art Rocks! us for a special edition of Art Rocks! During his artist residency, he told us about his art, travels, and concerns for the natural world.
We visit with former museum curator and professor Carolyn A. Meet Monroe woodworker, Kyle Snellenberger, who repurposes fallen trees and reclaimed timber to create one-of-a-kind and coveted custom tables. The Hunts are siblings in Virginia who are wooing audiences with their ature vocals, and New Mexico photographer, Philip Augustine pushes the boundaries of the photographic process.
Meet Ascension Parish painter Alvin Batiste who recreates the rural life and music of the past through his fantastic folk art. Then, Stephanee Grosscup uses her ice skating talent to inspire others. In Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, we see the work of potter Helen Cordero, who was known for sculpting stories onto her pieces. We take a tour. 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. 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.
Plus, a behind-the-scenes look at Something Rotten, a musical comedy that imagines the life and times of Shakespeare. 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. 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 year age difference, artists Heather Bryant and Lorraine Fink find common ground through their latest collaboration in Norfolk, Virginia.
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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. 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.
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. 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.
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 s.
Plus, hear about ceramicist Ruth Rippon and her influence on the evolution of pottery vessels. Major production funding for Art Rocks!
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The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. 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 pm and encores Saturdays at pm. Season 7.