Every week meet fascinating artists and hear their stories about how a hobby became a passion.
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Corky Bennett, aka “The King of Reno” is a Nevada-based musician and entertainer who loves to play the accordion. With his instrument, he has traveled across the country, delighting audiences for decades. We take a trip to the Bass Museum of Art in Florida to visit the immersive exhibit “Better Nights.” Created by the artist Mickalene Thomas, viewers are able to walk into and experience an interactive three-dimensional work of art. We meet Jim “Dauber” Farr, a hall-of-fame master Pinstriper. For over 40 years, he has been working on his craft, transforming cars into one-of-a-kind customized creations. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, artist Lisa Difranza has been creating sketches as a way to process what is going on in the world. We visit the artist in to find out more about this project.
We meet writer and rapper Chael Blinya. Based in Tampa, Florida, the artist plays with language and writes poetic lyrics that explore self-identity and perception. New Mexico artist Raymond Jonson spent his life painting modernist works. We learn more about the colorful pieces he created and his focus on the human spirit. Artist and educator Robert Schefman uses illusion to render an image. We travel to Michigan to visit the artist in his studio and find out more about his series of paintings and drawings that delve into the world of secrets. Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, the “Classical Tahoe” music festival adapted their program and found a way to carry on. We visit Nevada to hear from the musicians that safely reunited to perform chamber music for this concert event.
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.
Paola Gracey is both an artist and chemist and when she creates, she demonstrates the connections between art and science. Each of her paintings become an experiment. We take a trip to New Mexico to meet artist and educator Haley Greenfeather English. In her expressive portraits, drawings, and murals, she speaks about humanity and society, and explores the world we live in. Nevada-based artist Ben Rodgers is the creator of burned wood prints. With wood as his canvas, he uses fire, water, electricity, and ink to render something truly unique. Mariners Inn is a treatment center and shelter that recognizes art’s ability to foster connections and heal pain and suffering. Through art therapy, clients are given an outlet to express their feelings.
Cal Morris is a violinist and cancer survivor. We head to Florida to meet the artist and learn how family and music gave him the strength he needed during his battle with cancer. The Nevada Department of Transportation’s Landscape and Aesthetics program strives to decorate the state’s highways with public art. Working with architects and designers, the team renders roadside sculptures. Multidisciplinary artist Sri Prabha’s artwork encompasses a variety of mediums such as video, sound, light, and painting. We travel to the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida to see one of his vivid installations. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Thom McCain has performed concerts from his porch in Columbus, Ohio. With his autoharp in hand, he sings and plays music for all to hear.
We head to Florida to meet costume designer Brian “Two Horns.” Inspired by the world of science fiction, he invents futuristic wearable art that is distinct and daring. The annual Griswold Challenge in Sparks, Nevada, encourages members of the community to come together and create dazzling holiday light displays for everyone to enjoy. We take a trip to Shreveport, Louisiana to meet fiber artist Sherry Tamburo. Using sustainable materials, she experiments and makes colorful eco-friendly accessories. Since 1825, the National Academy of Design has been promoting fine arts in America. We visit the society of The Four Arts in Florida to see an exhibit highlighting a key characteristic of the academy’s collection—the joint display of an artist’s portrait and their representative work.
We meet abstract artist Brenden Spivey. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Spivey’s canvases are rich with color, shape, and texture. Each painting he creates is full of life. In 1978, Donn Arden’s production “Hello Hollywood Hello” premiered in Reno, Nevada. It was a massive hit. We hear more about the show and its lasting impact. We take a trip to Florida to experience the immersive exhibition “Seven Solos.” The show includes site-specific works from seven different contemporary artists. Through the power of song and personal storytelling, the musical “She’s Crazy: Mental Health and Other Myths” hopes to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.