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A new life for old books

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PBS NewsHour
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The discovery of a set of old encyclopedias bound for the trash sparked a creative outlet for trained psychologist Julia Strand. Strand breathes new life into old books that would otherwise be discarded, creating intricate carvings of the content within the pages. Continue


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Craft in America
PBS


Watch a 30 sec preview of Craft in America: SERVICE, premering on PBS November 2, 2014 (*check local listings). SERVICE: exploring creativity, healing and our nation’s soldiers and veterans. Featuring ceramic artist Ehren Tool, potter Judas Recendez, Peter Voulkos and other G.I. Bill artists, Pam DeLuco and the Paper Doll Project, and Eugene Burks Jr, saddler at the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon. Continue


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One Voice
PBS


This music documentary tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. Every year in Hawai’i, 2,000 high school students compete in the contest, in which young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. Experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished and grown through the universal power of music and song. Continue


The Mona Lisa Mystery

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


Hers is the most famous smile in the world, visited and studied by thousands every year, a priceless work of art —the one and only Mona Lisa. Or is it unique? With its striking similarities to the painting in the Louvre Museum, the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa has remained an art world mystery since she was found in 1912. Did Leonardo da Vinci paint the legendary portrait twice? Continue


TRAILER: Season 7 of Art in the Twenty-First Century (2014)

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ART:21
PBS


Trailer for Season 7 (2014) of the Peabody Award-winning series, "Art in the Twenty-First Century". Featured artists include: Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Leonardo Drew, Omer Fast, Thomas Hirschhorn, Elliott Hundley, Katharina Grosse, Graciela Iturbide, Joan Jonas, Wolfgang Laib, Trevor Paglen, and Arlene Shechet. Continue


What Is The Isleworth Mona Lisa?

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


Two years before the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the aging artist was visited by Cardinal Luigi d'Aragona to survey his works. A diary written by the Cardinal’s secretary suggests da Vinci showcased a Mona Lisa portrait different than the one now on display in The Louvre Museum. Continue


Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning - Preview

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American Masters
PBS


Her photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a portrait that came to represent America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman who created the portrait: Dorothea Lange. Directed and narrated by Lange's granddaughter Dyanna Taylor, the two-hour film premieres Friday, August 29 at 9 pm on PBS. Continue


SALT: The Appeal of Lake Eyre

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POV
PBS


Photographer Murray Fredericks sets up his equipment on Lake Eyre and talks about the way that light and setting come together for amazing effect at the site. Note: This video is only available in low quality. Continue


James Sullivan on craft and the creative economy

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Craft in America
PBS


Journalist James Sullivan on craft and the creative economy. Archival courtesy of Library of Congress, Frank W. Swallow photo, Jack Delano photo, Shane Yamane, Etsy. Continue


Learn about Lowell's Boat Shop production line

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Craft in America
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Learn about Lowell's Boat Shop production line. Archival courtesy of Lowell's Boat Shop. Continue


Service episode preview 2 min 40 sec

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Craft in America
PBS


Watch a 30 sec preview of Craft in America: SERVICE, premering on PBS November 2, 2014 (*check local listings). SERVICE: exploring creativity, healing and our nation’s soldiers and veterans. Featuring ceramic artist Ehren Tool, potter Judas Recendez, Peter Voulkos and other G.I. Bill artists, Pam DeLuco and the Paper Doll Project, and Eugene Burks Jr, saddler at the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon. Continue


Troubled teens find 'a New Light' with nature photography

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits takes young people from the Northwest Passage treatment center into the wild armed with cameras, as part of a program called “In a New Light.” Wisconsin Public Television spoke to Thwaits to learn more about helping teens gain confidence through art. Photographer and counselor Ben Thwaits arms troubled teens with cameras to help teens gain confidence Continue


Portland's Victorian-themed web comic comes to an end

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For over three years, Portland illustrator Benjamin Dewey has been working on the Tragedy Series, a Victoria-themed web comic. With the publication of his 500th installment and a book deal, he's calling it quits. John Rosman at Oregon Public Media spoke to Dewey to find out more. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Pakistani sculptor chisels away at taboos for women

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Humaira Abid is a sculptor and painter who creates everyday objects out of wood to cope with her experiences. Based in the Seattle area, she spends several months out of each year in Lahore, Pakistan, where she grew up and still maintains her main studio. Video produced by Laila Kazmi, KCTS 9 For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Breaking stereotypes of Native American artists

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


"Cross Currents," an exhibit traveling around Colorado, features works by nine Native American artists who challenge our notion of what that means. Rocky Mountain PBS went inside to see what they could learn. Continue


Theft of The Mona Lisa From The Louvre

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


In the summer of 1911, the relatively obscure Mona Lisa portrait was stolen from a Renaissance gallery in The Louvre Museum. The scandal soon made the Leonardo da Vinci painting a household name. A handyman Vincenzo Peruggia committed the crime, removing the wooden panel portrait from its frame and escaping in broad daylight the following day when the museum was closed. Continue


The Mona Lisa Mystery: Preview

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Secrets of the Dead
PBS


Discover a portrait of a younger and more beautiful Mona Lisa that predated the famous Louvre masterpiece. In September 2012, headline news shook the art world. A secret da Vinci had been uncovered, a portrait of a younger and more beautiful Mona Lisa that predated the famous Louvre masterpiece. Continue


SALT: Connecting with Landscapes

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POV
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Why are people affected by landscape images? Photographer Murray Fredericks wonders what allows humans to connect with images of places, and hypothesizes that a loss of self happens when one confronts these images. Note: This video is only available in low quality. Continue


Explore weaving in Asheville

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Craft in America
PBS


Explore weaving in Asheville. Archival courtesy of Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Industries Inc, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville, Grovewood Gallery, National Archives and Records Administration. Continue


Julie Silber talks about her love of quilts

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Craft in America
PBS


Quilt Historian Julie Silber talks about her love of quilts. Archival courtesy of Susan Einstein, jillyspoon, Library of Congress, Arthur Rothstein photo, Margaret Maloney, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Rachel Gehlhar photo, Monceau, National Archives and Records Administration, Irving Rusinow photo, Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Julie Silber. Continue


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