The second season of the New Mexico PBS weekly art series ¡COLORES! premieres on Friday January 3, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. on Ch.5.1, and repeats: Sundays at 4:30 p.m. on Ch.9.1, beginning Jan 5.
For over 20 years, in a variety of formats, New Mexico PBS’ multi-award- winning ¡COLORES! series and specials have explored the arts, music, history and culture of New Mexico and the American southwest, and has aired on public television stations across the country.
Now, ¡COLORES! is presented through a collaboration between New Mexico PBS and the Public Television Major Market Group (MMG), a public television affinity group. The MMG facilitates the sharing of video and web content produced by the participating MMG stations and some non-MMG stations, and is coordinated by THIRTEEN, the flagship New York station for PBS.
In this way, ¡COLORES! stories, originating from New Mexico, can continue to be seen and shared with other PBS stations across the U.S. This season, major funding for ¡COLORES! is provided in part by Frederick Hammersley Foundation.
“New Mexico PBS is pleased to continue its long history of consistent, high quality, award-winning programming with the ongoing ¡COLORES! series,” said Franz Joachim, General Manager and CEO of New Mexico PBS. “Frederick Hammersley Foundation’s financial assistance allows New Mexico PBS to continue to bring history, arts, and cultural programming to New Mexico and the ability to share those stories with the rest of the nation.”
In keeping with its long history, ¡COLORES!, continues to be devoted to sharing local and national stories focusing on the creative spirit, about film, visual and performing arts, theatre, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance. ¡COLORES! provides an in-depth look at the inspiration, challenges and processes of a wide range of artists.
New Mexico photographer Jamey Stillings shares his vision for the construction of the largest solar thermal power plant in the world, Ivanpah Solar. “I’ve always found the intersection of human activity and nature to be the most compelling for me.”
Known for his Photomosiacs, Robert Silvers partnered with an airport and a local school system to create ten unique mosaics for travelers. “But what’s special about this, is the number of people involved: 37,000 school kids.”
Artist Heidi Jung has always been fascinated by nature. She explores her subject through the dormant cycles of winter. “I stay away from pretty - pretty’s been done. I like the conflict between something that’s beautiful and something that could be slightly painful, too.”
Paper artist Tom Balbo is passing on an ancient practice to future generations. “The first thing you do after you cut the plant is you steam it; that allows the outer cellulose bark layer to peel off easily. It’s that white cellulose that becomes your paper.”
¡COLORES! airing Friday, January 10 at 9:00 pm on Ch.5.1, features:
Internationally acclaimed designer Alexander Girard created a mid-century masterpiece for Albuquerque’s Unitarian Church - a mural of over 5000 pieces celebrating all faiths. “He looked at the world through an experiential lens. He wanted to see how people related to their place in the world and each other.”
The craftsmanship of a Fabergé egg, an ancient Russian craft, is so unique that no other jeweler has ever been able to replicate it. “So, with a Nobel egg, we have this platinum egg that has several layers of enamel on it that is engraved and etched with snowflake patterns… it’s exquisite.”
Georges Braque, a 20th century French artist, invented Cubism with Pablo Picasso. “Braque is a very important artist for the history of 20th century of modern art, but he is not very well known.”
Walter Arnold, a Chicago stone carver passionate about his craft, puts contemporary ideas into his work. “People think of sculpture as shape and form; it’s really about light and shadow.”
The Producer of ¡COLORES! is Tara Walch; Unit Coordinator is Kathy Wimmer. Executive Producer is Michael Kamins. Major funding for ¡COLORES! is provided in part by Frederick Hammersley Foundation.