Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine that explores the broad spectrum of art! The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from across the country. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state, and Louisiana Treasures – offering a glimpse of items, styles and themes that are unique to Louisiana. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks!
Fridays at 8:30pm and encores Saturdays at 5:30pm
This week on Art Rocks! we meet Alexandria artist Morris Taft Thomas, well-known for his metal sculptures that grace many Louisiana spaces and whose art ranges from realism to contemporary abstraction. His works have been collected by such luminaries as Former President Jimmy Carter, the late South African President Nelson Mandela, and Blues great B.B. King. Next, we travel to the Arbor Opera Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan and The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York before heading to Sacramento to see the imaginative paintings of Jared Konopitski. Our Louisiana Treasure this week is the Epps House on the LSUA campus. Solomon Northup, who penned Twelve Years a Slave in 1853 helped construct the house before regaining his freedom. Art Rocks! airs Friday, October 21 at 8:30PM and Saturday, October 22 at 5:30PM.