WHYY's ArtWorks draws on performing and visual arts stories from its sister PBS stations to bring viewers a geographically diverse arts experience.

Featured artists: Norman Rockwell, Charles James and Jon Hill

In this episode, Brazilian folklore inspires captivating choreography, there’s more than meets the eye when look at the work of Norman Rockwell, glamor of a bygone era is resurrected, and a craftsman puts soul into every instrument he creates.

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Norman Rockwell

The Newark Museum in New Jersey is reexamining the iconic work of American artist Norman Rockwell. Though the appeal of Rockwell’s images in part lies in their visual accessibility, the museum’s chief curator advises to look beyond the surface.

  • This undated file photo provided by Sotheby’s shows the popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece “The Gossips” which is heading for the auction block. It is among seven works by The Saturday Evening Post illustrator going on sale at Sotheby’s in New York on Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Sotheby’s, File)

Jon Hill

Ever wonder how to make a guitar? Sure, it takes talent on the part of the musician, but behind every good guitar player is a skilled craftsman. Or at least, that’s what Jon Hill would say. The Cleveland-based woodworker crafts only the finest instruments which set his customers apart.

Charles James

Now let’s feast our eyes on the stunning gowns and furnishings of designer Charles James. Though his work would feature most prominently in Hollywood and New York high society, a James retrospective as comprehensive as this can only be found in Texas.

  • Photo: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art