Every week meet fascinating artists and hear their stories about how a hobby became a passion.
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We meet Russell Nelson, an artist and veteran who overcame struggle and hardship to pursue his passion—painting. We travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for the story. We head to Carson City, Nevada to learn all about Moulage, the art of injury simulation. We get a look at the creativity and skill that goes into the technique. Artist Judy Chicago’s “A Purple Poem for Miami” is a memorable smoke performance that colors the urbanscape with blues, pinks, and purples. We visit Miami, Florida and get a front row seat to the event. Inspired by trolleys, trains, and those who travel from place to place, artist Gary Wong creates a mural that tells the story of life on the railroad tracks.
Artist Agnes Chavez creates art that highlights the species inhabiting the earth. Focused on the environment, she reflects on the world around us, increasing awareness through her work. We hear from the band “Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters.” This talented group of singers and musicians blend a variety of sounds to make music that is one-of-a-kind. Artist Roy Lichtenstein was a major figure in the pop art movement. Recently, his “Modern Head” sculpture was installed at Ohio State University. Paula Vogel’s play “Indecent” is about an important moment in theatre history. We learn more about the production and its remounting in Boston, Massachusetts.
In Ohio, the Bach Society of Dayton honors seven centuries of classical and contemporary music. This group of volunteer singers join together and embrace the power of song. The Solace Tree is a non-profit organization that provides a welcoming space for those struggling with grief. Art becomes a means of helping individuals share their feelings. The exhibit “New Industry Contemporary Visions of the Industrial” explores the industrial aesthetic. The show features artwork that reflects on mechanics and the urbanscape. Through her art and activism, Los-Angeles based photographer Dana Gluckstein highlights the indigenous persons living in our world.
In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s professional training institute prepares the next generation of performers. The program gives local high school students the chance to work on their craft and express themselves. For Jennifer Angus, insects are her medium of choice. We visit St. Petersburg, Florida to get an inside look at an installation of her work. The Art Signals project in Reno, Nevada, gives artists the chance to transform ordinary signal boxes into works of art. We find out more about the project and see some of the lively designs. Each year at the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys, astronomers gather together to photograph and gaze at the stars.
Drag is an art and, in this segment, we meet drag performer Rianna Petrone. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Petrone sits down for drag queen story hour for youth in the community. Since 1980, DDC Dances has been presenting works of contemporary dance in Michigan. As a dance company, they choreograph expressive performances for audiences to enjoy. Multimedia artist Nicole Ashton creates unique public art. With her large-scale sculptures, she encourages interaction and participation. We take a trip to Reno, Nevada for the story. Artist John Waters is unlike any other. In his art, he tells a story in a provocative, subversive way. We visit the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, to see an exhibition of his visual work.
In Reno, Nevada, artist Joe C. Rock creates art for public spaces. His large, energetic murals liven buildings and streets, and are available to everyone. Boston Arts Academy is a public high school focused on the visual and performing arts. The school provides its student body with a place to learn and grow as artists and individuals. We meet Louisiana artist Heather Ryan Kelley who finds inspiration in symbolic paintings and the writings of James Joyce. In her art, she features objects that are full of meaning. The exhibition “Teresita Fernández: Elemental” gives viewers the opportunity to encounter landscapes of the natural world. We travel to the Pérez Art Museum Miami to get a look.
We meet two barbershop owners who have mastered the art of cutting hair. With their creative set of tools, they help their customers be more confident in themselves. Wisconsin’s “Ex Fabula” is a non-profit that embraces the power of personal storytelling through workshops, storyslams, and more. We attend one event where members of the deaf community came together to share their stories. Centered around a glistening 100-foot-tall hot air balloon, Doug Aitken’s “New Horizon” is an unforgettable project that leaves a lasting impression. Ruth Gilmore Langs is an abstract expressionist. In her vivid artworks, she favors texture, color, and shapes. We visit the artist in her studio gallery to find out more.