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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.
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.
Founded in 1954, the Sacramento Ballet in California has made a lasting impact on the world of dance. We get a behind the scenes look at how a ballet is choreographed for the stage. Scratchboard Art dates back to the 19th century. A form of direct engraving, the artist creates by scratching through a surface coated with black ink to reveal a layer of white below. Based in Reno, Nevada, American Duchess is a company that creates historically accurate shoes. From the 1700s to the 1940s, a multitude of past styles and designs come to life in the modern day. We travel to Tampa, Florida to meet Adam Goldberg, a pet photographer. With his camera, he takes adorable photographs of animals and encourages pet rescue and adoption.
Artist Sabrina Nelson reflects on the world around her in her meaningful works of art. We head to Detroit, Michigan to get an inside look at her exhibition “Why You Wanna Fly blackbird." In Monroe, Louisiana, community members have come together to develop a public art project. Featuring sculptures of herons, “Herons on the Bayou” has become a part of the landscape. We travel to Reno, Nevada, to meet jewelry artist and goldsmith Micah Blank. We get a firsthand look at how his sustainable fine jewelry is made and the artistry behind his designs. Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization that educates and inspires. For over 15 years, they have presented an outdoor international art exhibition that celebrates inclusion and diversity.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Utah women’s right to vote, students in the state gather together and create art that honors this monumental moment in history. In Islamorada, Florida, artists Glenn and Nadine Lahti render nautical artwork out of lobster trap wood. With nature as their partner, they repurpose what comes out of the water to make one-of-a-kind frames. The Center for Performance Arts and Learning in Wixom, Michigan provides individuals with an inclusive space to explore the arts and its many facets. No matter your background, everyone is invited to express themselves. The classically trained French painter Stephane Cellier melds past and present in his art. Using a technique from the 15th century, he paints eye-catching modern subjects.
The Artists Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art has an array of artworks. The exhibition provides participating artists with the opportunity to present their creations to the public. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the spirit of many arts communities has failed to diminish. We head to Reno, Nevada to find out how artists continue to create in these difficult times. We travel to Key Largo, Florida to meet artist Caroline Guyer who makes eye-catching leather masks. Inspired by animals, Guyer transforms leather into wearable art. Eddie Mormon started painting at a very young age. Since then, he has created a multitude of impressionist works. We head to Louisiana to hear from the artist.
Indie Noir Market in Florida reaches out to the local community and provides a platform for African American artists and business owners to present their work. Tamarah Begay is the founder of Indigenous Design Studio and Architecture. A member of the Navajo Nation, she instills her heritage, knowledge, and values into her innovative designs. Ballet dancers have graced stages for centuries. What people may not realize, though, is that ballet artists are also incredible athletes. We visit the Cleveland Ballet to find out more. The Terrarium Shop is a unique place that explores the artistry of nature and all its curiosities. We head to Denver, Colorado to take a look.