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Whether you're an art connoisseur or paint-by-numbers is more your style, we're going to take you off the beaten path this week to introduce you to some bay area artists you may not know. We ask the question: What defines art? We'll show you a couple examples right here in the bay area that defy conventional standards of the definition. Host Irene Maher takes us to a small community in Pinellas County that is fired up about the arts. Carson Cooper introduces us to a photographer who considers conservation awareness just as important as the framing of his shot when considering his next project, while Susan Giles Wantuck travels to an artist's retreat right in Manatee county that provides the perfect backdrop for artistic creativity. And Larry Elliston introduces us to a painter who finds inspiration right in his own backyard.
Also: For many artists, their creations are a hobby, a passion, an outlet. Some artists make a go of it as professionals, depending on their creativity to provide an income. But is there demand for art in this sour economy? And how do you take that leap to turn art-making into a career? This week, learn how artists are making that happen.

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Rubadoux on a walk in the native Florida woodland that surrounds his home Craig Rubadoux
For artist Craig Rubadoux, the decision to move 'out to the country' was an easy one. Believing that his Sarasota home, as he saw it, was being crowded by development, Rubadoux moved further south to Englewood so that he could surround himself with the natural beauty that inspires his work. He recently invited Florida Stories producer Larry Elliston into his home for a glimpse at the 'wild Florida' landscape that Rubadoux longs to capture with his artwork.

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