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Artist Rhea Gary Interview (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-04-03

Duration: 00:06:58

Subjects: Gary, Rhea | ART | WETLANDS | MARSHES | COASTAL EROSION | Natural Disasters | Lockwood, C. C., 1949- | Painters | Hurricanes | Hurricane Katrina, 2005


  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Gary, Rhea Interviewee
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host


This segment from the April 3, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s interview with artist Rhea Gary in her studio as she prepares for an exhibition of her paintings sponsored by the America’s Wetland Foundation called “The Third Day of Creation.” Gary, a landscape painter, uses her paintings to raise public awareness about the beauty and necessity of Louisiana’s wetlands. She discusses: the problem of coastal erosion; how she began painting the wetlands; the style of her paintings; the role of Hurricane Katrina in bringing national attention to the importance of the wetlands; collaborating with photographer C.C. Lockwood on the book “Marsh Mission: Capturing the Vanishing Wetlands”; the paintings in her upcoming exhibit; the influence of her faith in her work; and the need for a large economic investment in order to save the wetlands. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford