Every week meet fascinating artists and hear their stories about how a hobby became a passion.
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Concerned about plastic pollution in the ocean, photographer and diver Andreas Franke created an underwater photography exhibition that addressed this environmental crisis. Artist Emily Reid loves animals. She renders multicolored, patterned paintings of alpacas, donkeys, roosters, and more. We visit Reid in her studio in Reno, Nevada. We go to Detroit, Michigan, to meet Virgil Taylor, an artist who creates wearable art. Inspired by the ancient Middle East, Taylor designs special pieces full of spirit. We take a trip to Florida to experience Art Battle Sarasota, a competition where artists gather together to paint for the viewing public. With just 20 minutes on the clock, the competitors race to complete their artworks.
We meet Dominic Moore-Dunson, a dancer and choreographer who created “The Black Card Project.” This dance theatre production explores African American identity. Florida’s Seraphic Fire is a vocal ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire that attracts attention and admiration. From medieval to modern works, their performances are full of artistry and style. We get an inside look at the re-opening of Mass Art, Art Museum in Massachusetts. As a non-collecting museum, the space is ever-changing. A wide range of works are always on display. When anglers are tying flies, they aren’t just completing a task. They are also making a work of art. We see how these artificial flies are designed.
TRIIIBE is a collective of artists dedicated to art and activism. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, this talented group brings together members of the community through music and events. For veteran James Eby, art is a way to heal trauma and suffering. We sit in on a mask making workshop and learn more about the therapeutic benefits of creativity. We take a trip to Florida to experience an interactive puppet installation. Artists Aurora Molina and Julian Pardo collaborated on this special project that reflects on the elderly in our society. As a plein air artist, Monikaa Piper Johnson chooses to work outside. With her palette knife and paint, the Lake Tahoe, Nevada, region becomes her source of inspiration for vivid landscapes.
In her quilts, artist Cynthia Lockhart tells a story. Through layering, painting, silk screen, embellishment, and more, she creates images full of power and hope. We head to the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio to view an exhibition of Lockhart’s work. Woodworker Audie Maxey takes an ordinary log of wood and makes it into an extraordinary work of art. Based in Louisiana, Maxey recognizes the beauty in nature. For 30 years, the comic strip “Pickles” has been delighting viewers across the country and around the globe. We head to Sparks, Nevada to meet the artist behind the comic, Brian Crane. Welder Cindy Wynn creates furniture out of scrap metal. Wynn goes to the scrap yard, gathers pieces, and welds together a distinct finished product.
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.
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.
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.