This Week's Broadcasts
Basket makers Mary May and Joan Brooks
On your PBS stations this week, visit the studio of traditional basket maker Mary May and her apprentice, Joan Brooks.

Also on this week's episode, duck decoy carvers, spirituals passed down by generations of oyster fishermen on the Delaware Bay, current day blacksmiths, and students of India’s Carnatic music help keep centuries-old traditions alive.

Sat, 7/17 @ 7:30 pm
Sun, 7/18 @ 9:30 am
Thurs, 7/22 @ 11:30 pm

Sun, 7/18 @ 11:30 am

Mon, 7/19 @ 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Wed, 7/21 @ 10 am & 3 pm
The Arts in Nature
It's summer in beautiful New Jersey! This month, we're sharing stories about artists who work in the great outdoors.

Stan Sperlak paints grand atmospheric landscapes throughout Cape May County, New Jersey using pastels. After building a successful landscaping business, the artist enrolled at the Pennsylvannia Academy of Fine Arts to study painting at the age of 35.
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The East Lynne Theater Co. in Cape May presents Vaudeville Variety on select Saturdays at 7 pm throughout the summer. See their schedule for more information and tickets for this family friendly show!

Camden FireWorks presents Camden ReFramed, a photo exhibit highlighting the people who live in Camden amidst an environment of illegal dumping. Stop by to see this interactive installation by photographer Erik James Montgomery on weekends until July 18.

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey currently has three exhibits, one of which features artwork by Quinton Green and Robert Threadgill, which has an artist reception July 17 from 1-4 pm. You can also see the museum's Black Lives Matter and Talking About HERstory exhibits, both up through Aug 31!

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh is in the 2021 class of inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The writer and aviator grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. She married aviator Charles Lindbergh shortly after his record-making flight across the Atlantic, and together they built a house near Hopewell, NJ— tragically, this is where their baby Charles Jr. was kidnapped in what was known as the "crime of the century." Anne is now honored by the Hall of Fame for her contributions as a best-selling author and noted diarist.

Our 2016 storyCouple of an Age
Olympia Dukakis was a force of nature. In 1963, she won an Obie for her role in a play by Bertolt Brecht. By 1970, she and her husband, actor Louis Zorich, moved to Montclair to raise their family, where they helped found and run the Whole Theater Company for 20 years. In 1988, just after this interview first aired, Olympia won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the acclaimed film Moonstruck.

Our 1988 story: Olympia Dukakis
Artist Kevin Sampson is based in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, where you can often find him creating his found-object sculptures in his friend Ronald Nitti’s custom woodworking shop. Kevin always wanted to be an artist, but for 18 years was in the police force, where he trained as a sketch artist. Since retiring early and moving to Newark in the 1990s, he’s been an artist full time.

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Philip E. Lian & Joan L. Mueller
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