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At the Punto Urban Art Museum, art is presented outdoors. Located in the “El Punto” neighborhood in Salem, Massachusetts, the public is able to appreciate over 70 large scale murals by international and local artists. We head to St. Petersburg, Florida, to meet artist Angus Macaulay. With his expressive abstract paintings, he evokes feelings of comfort and tranquility. Formed in 1997, Reno Taiko Tsurunokai is a traditional Japanese drumming group. Based in Reno, Nevada, this talented ensemble plays music and brings Japanese culture to audiences in the area. The Museum of Catholic Art and History in Columbus, Ohio, exhibits religious artworks and artifacts. We find out more about the museum and its recent move to a new location.
At the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah, “Art Ambassadors” is an initiative that presents students and community members with the opportunity to create a tour based on their areas of interest. Frank Hayden is one of Louisiana's most important sculptors. Using wood, stone, bronze, and other materials, his artwork reflects on spiritual, historical, and humanistic issues. Artist Ed Valentine combines intentionality with accident to render contemporary landscapes that include lace-like patterns, stenciled birds, and spatters of paint.
Since its founding in 1946, Highlights Magazine has been committed to helping children learn and grow. Using their imagination, the highlights team creates engaging stories, puzzles, and more, for their readers. For over 30 years, artist Mark Sisson has taught printmaking at Oklahoma State university in Stillwater, Oklahoma. During his classes, students are shown the ins and outs of this artistic process and are able to produce their own works of art Since 1974, the Reno Chamber Orchestra has performed classical music for audiences in Nevada. We meet the talent behind this instrumental ensemble and hear about its 47th season.
In her home studio in Lakeland, Florida, folk artist Heidi Wineland creates. From rag baskets, to knitted creatures to academy award action figures, her handmade art takes on many different forms. With each piece of pottery made and sold, artist Troy Drake gives to those in need. In this segment, we head to Gardnerville, Nevada, to meet the artist and learn how he inspires others. We travel to the Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts to see an exhibit focused on two of New England’s oldest summer art colonies. An assortment of artworks inspired by the region’s landscapes are on display. Scott Jeffries calls himself a soul doodler. Since a young age, he has doodled and he continues to do so today. With his abstract paintings, he provides a window into his soul and mind.
Renee Wormack-Keels is an Ohio-based fiber and mixed media artist who quilts. Using hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, and african prints, her textured art quilts are full of meaning. Imagine Van Gogh is an immersive exhibition that provides you with the opportunity to step into the famous paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. We visit Boston, Massachusetts to find out more. In Reno, Nevada, artist June Towill Brown creates bronze sculptures. From humans to animals, she embraces realism and reproduces the structure and personality of her subjects. We take a trip to Virginia to meet Kenny Jones. For a contest, he designed a Virginia Beach-themed Nike sneaker. His design won, and the custom shoes went into production and sold out in minutes.
Artist Caroline Young is inspired by the culture, mythology, and history of China. With watercolor, acrylic, and gouache, she connects with her heritage, and depicts characters and stories. We take a trip to New York to meet Shahpour Pouyan, an Iranian contemporary artist. Through an array of visual art forms, he examines power, and historical and political issues. Multi-disciplinary artist Juana Valdes created “Rest Ashore,” a large-scale multi-channel video installation that explores the migration experience and the refugee crisis. We travel to Massachusetts to hear from author, illustrator, and birdwatcher David Sibley. In his work, he portrays the different species of birds in nature.
“Doctor Atomic” is an opera about the creation of the atomic bomb. We travel to New Mexico to meet one of the artists behind the production, renowned opera director Peter Sellars. Natasha Tsakos is a show maker who combines technology with live performance to create new, dynamic experiences. In her work, she reimagines what theater could be. “Alight on Mars” is a nocturnal exhibition that celebrates the firefly. Walking along the outdoor sculpture path, visitors are able to see artwork that illuminates the night sky. In Reno, Nevada, we hear from Traci Turner, an artist who embraces color and finds inspiration in the human figure and human experience. With her paintings, she expresses emotion and builds connections with her viewer.