Celebrate Arkansas artists with “LOUPE: Part 2” premiere
If you’ve enjoyed learning more about Arkansas artists and arts events with “LOUPE,” we have excellent news! Continuing our statewide arts initiative, “LOUPE: Part 2” will premiere this Friday, April 11, at 9 p.m.
As you can see on the LOUPE initiative companion website - which curates a gallery of information, visuals and events from across the state - we have sneak peeks and upcoming “artisodes” featuring three new stories about the arts in Arkansas! Films to be broadcast in “LOUPE: Part 2” include “LeeNora Parlor,” “Jerry Phillips” and “Carousel.” Read on for the details!
“LeeNora Parlor,” produced by Hop Litzwire. LeeNora Parlor is a self-taught Arkansas folk artist. Her paintings are inspired by her ancestors and reflect glimpses into their lives to depict “who I really am.” Memories of her childhood spent on the outskirts of Camden drew her back as an adult to live in the country again. Her decision to return to the South has enhanced her ability to produce the quality of work she desired and that she finds healing.
“Jerry Phillips,” produced by Hop Litzwire. Jerry Phillips is an Arkansas-based contemporary artist whose work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In this film, he describes his unique method of graphite drawing and discusses how his abstract work comes from a variety of inspirations, including found objects, photographs and his own scribbles. Using a variety of technologies in the process — from the newest image-editing software to old, barely-working photocopiers — he extracts the essence of existing images and his own drawings to discover something new and powerful.
“Carousel,” produced by Mark Wilcken. Little Rock artist Becky Witsell has become an expert in historic restoration over the past 30 years, and her work can be seen all around Arkansas — including the State Capitol, Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village and the Old State House Museum. In this piece, Witsell explains the process of restoring the horses on the historic “over the jumps” carousel at the Little Rock Zoo.
Excited, yet? We are! And, we have other great news. In case you missed it, part one of “LOUPE” will air immediately after “LOUPE: Part 2” at 9:30 p.m. It’s truly a great opportunity to magnify our state’s wonderful art and artists!