Posts Tagged ‘Art’


Is Public Art A Good Bet for Atlantic City

July 23, 2013

Tomorrow I’m heading to Atlantic City. We’re shooting an “ON THE SCENE” piece at Artlantic Wonder, the city’s latest gamble as it fights to make an economic comeback.

Casino industry profits have tumbled…recession, competition from casinos mushrooming next door in Pennsylvania, and the changing tastes of consumers have brought difficult times to Atlantic City’s gaming halls.

Artlantic Wonder, a 7 acre outdoor public art space next to the boardwalk featuring sculptures and performance areas, opened earlier this year. The idea is to draw non traditional visitors or to add value to the tourism experience of Atlantic City regulars.

But can art revive Atlantic City?

We’ll find out more tomorrow…



Lewis Black, Jim Norton, Peter Max & MANY More ON THE SCENE

December 22, 2012

Sunday is the last shot to catch ON THE SCENE: The Best Of 2012. It’s a collection of clips from some of our most interesting celebrity interviews of the year including Lewis Black, Jim Norton, Bernadette Peters, Chris Botti, Joe Pantoliano,  Peter Max and more.

Watch News 12 New Jersey Sunday at 11AM, 1:30PM or 3:30PM.

Enjoy the show and here’s to an amazing year of interviews in 2013!



The Art Of The Hudson River

June 4, 2012

Hudson River In Saugerties, NY

I’m keeping a promise made to myself long ago to explore the Hudson River in Upstate New York.

This weekend I traveled to Saugerties, located in the Catskills. The scenery and vistas on a dramatically overcast day are stunning. I see how this river has inspired painters and other artists for, well, just over 400 years now.

I’ve gotten interested in the Hudson River painters and the river’s art movement.  It’s associated, from what I can tell, entirely with the river in New York state. Does anyone know if any artists on the New Jersey end of the river in Hudson County were known for painting the river? I haven’t found any information about that. If there ever was a trend of painting in the urbanized section of the Hudson, I would like to explore that in a television piece.

I’ll be checking out other sections of this magnificent American waterway over the summer.

Hudson River in Saugerties, NY


Blind Painter Bojana Coklyat…Be Inspired

May 17, 2012

I see that Yahoo News just featured blind painter Bojana Coklyat in a story. And as a result a lot of web searches are leading people to my blog at website to find out more about her.

I’ve interview Bojana twice, most recently last year for ON THE SCENE. In fact our interview was nominated for a New York Emmy Award a couple months back.

Bojana lost her much of her eyesight due to diabetes when she was in her late 20s. She’s legally blind. Yet she doggedly learned to paint again. To see her story please go to the Credits page of this website.

Do something for yourself today. Watch Bojana’s story and feel inspired about life.


Tweet You Tweet Me

May 15, 2012

If you haven’t checked in lately or this is your first time, I’m now on Twitter at!/JohnBathkeLive so hit me up!  Follow me sounds sooo pretentious.

It’s a great way to see what I’m up to more immediately and I get to crack a few jokes.  So I like it.

Also, ON THE SCENE featuring my interview with comedian Jim Norton and our trip to the exhibit Asbury Park To The Promised Land: The Life And Music Of Bruce Springsteen gets an encore spin at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th on News 12 New Jersey.

This Jim Norton interview is compelling and if you’re local please watch because fans of his told me how they’ve never seen this side of him before and found it fascinating.


ON THE SCENE Encore: Comedian Jim Norton, Springsteen Exhibit

May 11, 2012

Just want to let you know there’ll be an encore of the ON THE SCENE episode featuring comedian Jim Norton and my visit to the Springsteen exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Tune in May 19th, 20th at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM or 4:30 PM on News 12 New Jersey.


New York Emmys Are Tonight

April 1, 2012

In just a few hours we’ll be headed to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the Emmy Awards.

It’s a big, black tie gala with close to a thousand people filling the ballroom. TV professionals, people who talk for a living, so the room can get LOUD.

Wish us luck. As I’ve mentioned ON THE SCENE is nominated in the Arts category for a beautiful piece we did called “Through Bojana’s Eyes” a profile of painter Bojana Coklyat who suffered vision loss and a life and death battle with diabetes.