Every week meet fascinating artists and hear their stories about how a hobby became a passion.
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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.
Jackson Pollock’s drip painting “Autumn Rhythm” is one of the artist’s most well-known works. We head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to look back at the exhibit “Epic Abstraction,” which featured this work. In the face of struggle and adversity, Ohio-based artist Arabella Proffer still manages to create. From pop-surrealist portraits to biomorphic shapes, her contemporary art takes on many different forms. We travel to Utah to view the collaborative installation “Ummah" that teaches visitors about the Islamic faith and celebrates the Muslim community. We hear from artist Lisa Martin Smallwood, a.k.a Liasi. Based in Tampa Bay, Florida, Smallwood paints iconic jazz singers and musicians in an impressionistic style.
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 head to Michigan to learn about Artist Mario Moore’s exhibit, “Recovery”. In his paintings and silverpoint drawings, he reflects on how African American men rest in our society. Confronted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Sierra Arts Foundation in Northern Nevada has worked to keep galleries open and to allow artists and community members to safely interact. Zero Empty Spaces is a management company that transforms vacant spaces into affordable studios for artists to work and grow. We take a trip to South Florida to meet the founders and hear how this project developed. We are introduced to two art installations in Boston, Massachusetts. Called “The Heard” and “To each era, its art, to art, its freedom,” we learn about their role in the public space.
New York Florist Lewis Miller colors the city streets with thrilling pop-up floral arrangements. Started in 2016, these “flower flashes” exude joy, beauty, and spontaneity. We visit Williamsburg, Virginia, to meet culinary historian and author Michael Twitty. In his work, he explores African American foodways and the role that food has played throughout history and across cultures. High Desert Harmony Chorus embraces the art of a cappella. Undaunted by the pandemic, this group of singers has found ways to continue to use their voices to make something magical. Interactive Initiative is a non-profit organization that gives artists the chance to create interactive artwork in the digital space. We hear about their new phone application “Tropi” that highlights local artists.
Jorge Pérez is an art collector. At a young age, he started his collection and has been building it ever since. We head to his contemporary art space “El Espacio 23” in Florida to find out more. We travel to New Mexico to hear from Lois Rudnick, the preeminent scholar on Mabel Dodge Luhan. Luhan was a writer of memoirs. In her work, she gave an intimate look at her life and her battle with depression. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Fitchburg Art Museum in Massachusetts to temporarily shut its doors, staff and volunteers still found ways to give back to the community. We meet Trey Valentine, a window cartoonist in Reno, Nevada. For various businesses, he creates painted window displays full of color and imagination.