66 Nature and the Arts
Art and nature have a long and intimate relationship. Since prehistoric times, humans have created art that reflected the natural world in the form of crafted tools and handiworks, etchings and paintings, music, dance, architecture, poetry and literature. Likewise, nature embodies the inspiration of art, challenging man to capture its beauty. In this episode, viewers are taken on a quest to explore nature in art and art in nature. The program visits several Alabama artists of different modalities as they transform and convey the marvels of nature through their creations. Highlights include a demonstration of Native American dancing at the Moundville Native American Festival, the poetry of children’s author Charles “Father Goose” Ghigna and conservation photography of Beth Maynor Young. The program also examines the glasswork of Cal Breed, inspired by years of studying the beauty of the ocean, and wraps up with a performance by bluesman Willie King. Interviews with these artists provide added perspective on the relationship between the artist and his surroundings the creator and the Creation.