Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Arts for Thursday, March 7:

GRASS AS ART is the motif of an exhibit now on display at the Tucson Museum of Art. "Desert Grasslands" is an artistic response to the fascinating biomes of growth. The artists featured in this exhibit create not only dramatic photographs of grassland vistas, but digital scans, paintings and resin works. Luis CarriĆ³n has the story.

THE TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, now in its fifth year, is Saturday and Sunday on the University of Arizona Mall. Elizabeth Burden interviews two featured authors, Jillian Cantor and Adam Rex. Both are UA graduates. Cantor writes fiction for young adults, and has a novel due out soon for adults. Rex is an author and illustrator of children's books and works for young adults.

AUTHOR LARRY DANE BRIMNER has written more than 150 books aimed at young readers, both fiction and non-fiction. He says that more than 20 years of classroom teaching taught him many lessons about how to connect with a young audience. Elizabeth Burden interviews Brimner.

OPEN STUDIO with Glenn Weyant, sound sculptor. From "playing the wall" at the border in Nogales to recording the intimate sounds of Tucson that others might miss, Weyant invites to listen as well as hear. Mark McLemore brings us Weyant's story.