Every week meet fascinating artists and hear their stories about how a hobby became a passion.
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Artist Susan Handau’s canvases are of a minimalistic nature. With color and texture, she creates abstract shapes surrounded by neutral hues. We head to Reno, Nevada for the story. Through public arts programs, sculptor Craig Gray is able to share his work with many different states across the country. From orange slices to popsicles, his large-scale, sculptures are joyful and imaginative. We visit Cincinnati, Ohio, to meet Doctor Sarah Hellmann, the founder of art for all people. Created in 2010, this transformational program uses art to help individuals who are suffering. Aarushi Pratap is many things—a fashion designer, illustrator, and special Olympics athlete, to name a few. We visit Tampa, Florida, to find out more about her creative journey.
For fifty years, the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus has been producing world class jazz performances in Ohio…and they also celebrate the genre through education. We learn more about their programming and a special award they give out to high school students. In Norfolk, Virginia, designer and artist Matthew McGuinness teamed up with students from the governor’s school for the arts to create a mural that explores what lunchtime means in the city. Diana Solomon-Glover is the librettist of “This Little Light of Mine.” The opera dramatizes the story of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. We meet Solomon-Glover and find out more about Hamer’s life.
We head to the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to learn about the project “Doors to My Barrio.” Since 2016, LatinX Artists have been invited to transform doors into works of art that represent Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Dustin Howard is the current Poet Laureate for the city of Reno, Nevada. When he writes, he explores the world around him and shines a light on the human experience. We take a trip to Tampa, Florida, to meet photographer Chip Weiner who specializes in food photography. With his camera, he captures the dining experience and the deliciousness of the meal that is in front of him.
Since 1881, the American association of University Women has been advocating for women and girls. In an effort to advance gender equity, the Utah branch put together an exhibit for women artists to show their work. When you enter 2D Cafe in Saint Petersburg, Florida, it is as if you’ve stepped into a comic book. Painted and designed by local artist Chad Mize, the space allows you to become part of the artwork and enjoy a memorable experience. In 2022, the 150th birthday of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was celebrated in Ohio. Born to two former slaves, Dunbar became one of the first African American poets to garner national critical acclaim.
We meet first time filmmaker Jackie Shelton. A few years ago, Shelton became interested in screenwriting, so much so that she began writing screenplays. Fast forward to today, she has decided to try her hand at directing. As the grandson of the famous potter Margaret Tafoya, artist Nathan Youngblood learned how to not just work with clay, but respect it. Throughout his career, he has honored his family’s legacy. Ever since the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio opened its doors a century ago, the performing arts has played an important role at the institution. As a companion to their expansive visual collection, the museum highlights performing arts from around the world.
Victoria Reyes started creating art at a very young age. With dual military parents away for long periods of time, art became an escape. Inspired by anime, she began to render digital works on her ipad…and today, she continues to do so, while also pursuing traditional art. Andrew Levitt, a.k.a “Nina West,” is an acclaimed drag performer from Ohio. He is also an activist, singer-songwriter, and actor who stars as Edna Turnblad in the national tour of “Hairspray.” Gustavo Victor Goler carves images of saints out of wood. What started as a hobby in high school has become an award-winning career that spans decades.
Yetunde Rodriguez is a textile artist in Dayton, Ohio. Born in Nigeria, she encountered colorful, patterned fabrics that brought her much joy and happiness. Today, her Nigerian heritage plays a key role in her creative process, serving as a source of inspiration. Artist and teacher Joshua Chambers creates fine art acrylic paintings. with a minimalist approach to artmaking, he encourages viewers to bring their own experiences to his works and create their own stories based on what they see. Greg Rumph is not just an assistant principal in Sarasota, Florida. he is also an artist who expresses himself through his work. We learn more about how he balances being a school administrator with being an artist.