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FEATURED IN MESSAGES EPISODE

MESSAGES: Some craft artists go beyond skill to create works that bring attention to contemporary issues. Find out what inspires artists to create and how they transform their personal beliefs into works of art. Featuring santero Charles M. Carrillo, glass artist Beth Lipman, jeweler Thomas Mann, bead artist Joyce J. Scott.

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CHARLES CARRILLO

CHARLES CARRILLO, 2011, MESSAGES episode
CHARLES CARRILLO, 2011, PHOTO: MARK MARKLEY

Charles M. Carrillo is a New Mexico santero who uses authentic materials to combine historic religious subject matter with contemporary culture. Carrillo has blended craft, conservation, and innovation throughout his career as a santero, a carver and painter of images of saints. The depiction of saints for religious purposes dates to the 18th century in Hispanic New Mexican communities.

BETH LIPMAN

BETH LIPMAN, JEREMY POPELKA, MESSAGES episode
BETH LIPMAN WORKING WITH JEREMY POPELKA, PHOTO: STEPHANIE TRENCHARD

Beth Lipman is a glass artist working in Wisconsin. Her work presents an interpretation of the "still life", referencing the symbolism of 17th century still life paintings to express the fragility that exists in a world of excess.

THOMAS MANN

THOMAS MANN, 2010,  ARTIST, SCULPTOR, MESSAGES episode
THOMAS MANN, 2010, PHOTO: MARK MARKLEY

Thomas Mann is a New Orleans jewelry artist and sculptor, famous for his "Techno Romantic" designs. He created Storm Cycle, a series of wall panels that document the untold stories in his beloved city after Hurricane Katrina.

JOYCE J SCOTT

JOYCE J. SCOTT, ARTIST, QUILTING, BEADING, MESSAGES episode

Joyce J. Scott is a Baltimore bead artist. Joyce learned quilting and beading from her mother and draws from references as wide-ranging as Africa and comic books to focus on issues such as race and stereotyping.