From Portland to Rockland to Augusta, new murals have been popping up over the past few years on buildings and walls in public places. Some are the work of individual artists, others are community projects with lots of participants. Some promote social justice issues, others are just fun. We’ll look at the history and significance of murals, including the controversial mural moved from Maine’s Department of Labor in 2013. Also, we are encouraging listeners to email us photos of murals. So, if there’s one near your house, or if you encounter one while you are out and about, snap a photo of it and send it to

Artist Robert Indiana poses Thursday, Aug. 29, 2008 at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, who in the 1960s created the pop icon LOVE, now has created a similar image with HOPE, with proceeds going to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Joel Page / AP Photo

Robert Indiana, the artist who created the iconic image of the word “LOVE,” died on Saturday at his home on Vinalhaven at the age of 89.

Art & Spirit home video jacket/poster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., July 19 at 10:00 pm
Sat., July 21 at 11:00 am

An intimate in home and studio visit with 91 year old painter Harold Garde. He shares his thoughts on his art and offers insight into leading a fulfilling and successful life.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., September 30 at 11:00 am

Imagine New Hampshire’s White Mountains during the 19th century where artists created America’s first landscape paintings and writers composed poetry and prose.

A still frame from Hull 111

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 4 at 10:30 pm
Sat., May 6 at 11:30 am

A film about a wooden boat, a legendary boat builder and three Bowdoin College students.

A still from Placing the Mark / Marking the Place

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 30 at 11:00 pm

Profiles of Maine artist working in different mediums reflect upon their art and creative process.

Placing the Mark / Marking the Place was produced by the College of the Atlantic and David Camlin.

Cabot Lyford in a still from Portrait of a Man as Artist.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 13 at 10:30 pm
Sat., April 15 at 11:30 am

Dale Schierholt's intimate portrait of Cabot Lyford offers the reflection of a master sculptor. Filmed primarily at his studio in New Harbor, Maine, Lyford is shown sculpting in wood, using mallet and chisel, chainsaw and sander.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

I Dream the Colors video still

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., March 30 at 10:00 pm
Sat., April 1 at 11:00 am

The story of talented artists and the town that embraces them. Photographed over two years, this film attempts to show the artists as they are: fully actualized people.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

The DVD jacket from Other Faces: The Origin of the Zati Mask

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., November 19 at 11:30 am

Maine artist, Susan Merrill, developed the Zati Mask weaving technique based on a gift she was given in a dream.

Blindsided home video jacket

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., Oct. 13 at 10:00 pm

This film documents 15 years in the life of Patricia Livingstone, a feisty artist losing her sight and hearing while trying to survive her abusive girlfriend.

Olive Pierce in a boat off the Maine coast in 1995.
David Rivera/

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:30 am

For photographer Olive Pierce the part is never more important than the whole, not the individual more important than the community, and the photographer is never as important as the people being photographed. Her black and white photos document the spirit of community whether she finds it in high school kids, or among Maine fishing families, or with children on Iraq.

David Driskell in his studio

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 13 at 11:00 am

The story of one of the most important artists and authorities on African American art. Explores the influence of mentor Romare Bearden, and the creative collaboration between Driskell and his printmaker.

The film captures Driskell ruminating about the obligation of the artist to search for the creative truth "til his or her dying day."

It also breaks new ground in its exploration of the creative collaboration between Driskell and his master printmaker, Curlee Holton.

Jamie Wyeth

Jul 15, 2014
Jamie Wyeth

The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth's work opens this week at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Jennifer Rooks speaks with Jamie about his long and varied career - and what it was like to be asked by the Kennedy family to paint a portrait of JFK. 

Guest:  Jamie Wyeth

Click here to visit the Museum of Fine Art website

Comedy 101

Apr 1, 2014

It's a perennial question - studied by scholars through the ages. What makes us laugh? You can break down a joke into a formula, but mixing the ingredients back together isn't always so simple, and may or may not work. Learn the art of making people laugh, from a couple experts. Hear how they approach humor, both standup and improv.

Host Jennifer Rooks discussed comedy with:

Stand-up comedian Bob Marley

Rachel Flehinger, radio host, stand-up and improv comedian

"Why We Make Things"

Jan 16, 2014

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  Why do some of us feel the need to make things? How does the creative process guide and complete us.

Related Media: Why We Make Things: A Maine Craftsman's Journey

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by