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Loupe is AETN's statewide arts initiative that magnifies Arkansas artists, arts organizations and art events online through an engaging website and on-air programs about the arts. In partnership, and through a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, the purpose of Loupe is to increase visibility of the arts in Arkansas and make available to all Arkansans, no matter how rural, opportunities to appreciate the arts.

"LOUPE" received an Award of distinction in the Best Online Video – Documentary category of the Communicator Awards in 2014.

  • Criswell's Conundrum
    Warren Criswell's story of his arrival in Arkansas reads like a story from his abandoned apocalyptic novel: Wanting to set up a self-sustaining, off-the-grid, solar-and-manure powered homestead, he and his family set off in a bus called Toad Hall on a mission to save the planet only to be stuck in Arkansas five years later when the bus breaks down.

  • Art in Rural Communities: The Batesville Area Arts Council
    Highlighting the Batesville Area Arts Council Galler. My wife and I have lived in rural Arkansas for almost nineteen years.  Living in the middle of nowhere made me feel like Thoreau; I walked my dogs in the woods surrounding our cedar log home; watched the deer when they came into our yard to munch on the grass and drink from the bird bath; and gradually learned to enjoy the music made by the large variety of birds in the area.…

  • Al Allen
    Al Allen (1925-2008) was a painter whose contributions to Arkansas culture were his artwork, his teaching, his development of the Department of Art at UALR. All Allen (1925-2008) was a painter whose contributions to Arkansas culture were his artwork, his teaching, his development of the Department of Art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and two autobiographical books. His style presents realistic subjects in a classical and abstract way. Allen’s friends and students always recognized that he…

  • Kevin Cole
    An artist from Pine Bluff talks about his works and inspiration. Kevin Cole was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and received his B.S. in Art Education from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. The award winning artist now living in Atlanta, Georgia was back in his hometown for a 25 year retrospective of his work. "Straight From the Soul." This profile showcases his aptitude with drawing, painting, printmaking and sculptural assemblage. Interview content explores the artist’s thematic use of neckties…

  • Westland
    Tim West was a reclusive, college-educated artist from Winslow, Ark., who produced unique art for 60 years. Tim West was a reclusive, college-educated artist from Winslow, Ark., who produced unique art for 60 years. Producer and photographer Diana Michelle has documented West for the last 6 years. West's art, as well as Michelle's portraits of him, will be featured in this short documentary. West had what should have been an auspicious start when at 18 he mailed a print and…

  • Rita Henry
    An artist from Dermott uses photography to pin down memories. Still photography is my voice. Photographs pin down my memories. With my black and white and color images, I draw stories using faces and places. My subjects tend to repeat in different forms, in light or shadow, here or there. All represent moments, planned and spontaneous, and printed to my liking. Some of my photographs are dreamy and a bit dusty. Others are so clear you can see the cracks.…

  • Arthur Hunnicutt
    Take a look back at this Oscar nominated actor with the Arkansas Traveller! Arthur Hunnicutt was born in Gravelly, Arkansas in 1910. He grew up to become one of the most sought-after character actors in Hollywood throughout the 1940's and 50's. His grizzled, bearded face made him perfect for the B-westerns that were popular at the time. Hunnicutt became really popular in 1952 when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Howard Hawks' THE BIG SKY, which also starred…

  • Diana Michelle
    Arkansas artist and photographer. Diana Michelle earned a degree in fine art with an emphasis in photography, as well as a Bachelor of Science in biology, from the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2009 Annual Bibba Pruet Scholarship. She teaches photography and Photoshop at Northwest Technical Institute. Michelle has operated a portrait studio, Diana Michelle Photography, for the past six years. She displays her fine…

  • LeeNora Parlor
    A return to the South enhances an artist's ability to produce her desired work. I create paintings of my family (ancestors) and other beings that reflect glimpses into their lives and depict "who I really am." The Transforming Power of art gifts each piece with a compelling record of individuality yet illustrates a oneness with all humanity. My work is embedded with fragmented scenes of the distant and not so distant past. Memories that might have been lost forever are…

  • Eugene Perry
    The story of a man who finds art and creates a world outside of himself. This short documentary tells the story of a man whose artistic talent lay dormant until circumstance provided the impetus for him to create hand-drawn cards to send to his mother. Eugene Perry was on death row at Tucker Prison (Tucker Unit Arkansas Department of Correction). The transformative power of art turned Perry's time behind bars into a period of creativity that gave him a measure…

  • Jerry Phillips
    For Phillips, the act of drawing with pencil is a conversation with time. Jerry Phillips is a visual artist who currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1958, and he received a BA from Florida State University, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation from CalArts, Phillips moved to New York, where he established a studio and participated in exhibitions and visual projects for over a decade.

  • Hans Stiritz
    Arkansas Producer and Director. LOUPE segment "The Music of Friends" was created by film director Hans Stiritz. Stiritz produces and directs films for his company, Evening Films. He also works as a freelance editor, cinematographer and composer. Music and film have been the lifelong center of Stiritz's creative work. Born in France, Stiritz grew up in Arkansas. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Music with a music recording degree, Stiritz returned to Arkansas and worked as a composer…

  • Jorge Villegas
    An artist from Argentina settles in South Arkansas. This short documentary was originally created in 1986 as part of an AETN special program "Eyes of the Beholder." Described as a visual essay on the Artists in Education Program in Arkansas schools, "Jorge Villegas" was produced in cooperation with the Arkansas Arts Council and National Endowment of the Arts.  "Eyes of the Beholder" won a Gold Medal in the 30th Annual International Film and TV Festival of New York. "Jorge Villegas"…

  • Year-Round Events and Fun
    A list of Arkansas art organizations and venues that operate year-round. This list represents a sampling of art organizations and venues from around the state that host events and exhibits year-round. Please check back regularly to see new events and programs. If you would like to add your organization to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • Seasonal Events at Galleries and Orgs
    A list of Arkansas art organizations and venues that operate on a seasonal basis. This list represents a sampling of seasonal art organizations and venues from around the state. While some venues may be open year-round or host extra events outside of their typical season, most of these organizations' main programs and exhibitions fall primarily during the school year, i.e. September through June. If you would like to add your organization to the list, please fill out a submission form.…

  • For Musicians and Music Lovers
    A list of Arkansas bands and performance venues that support and/or feature local musicians. This list represents a sampling of music societies and venues from around the state that host live concerts. Many of these societies offer open auditions and membership. If you would like to add your music group to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • Department of Arkansas Heritage
    Dedicated to preserving and protecting Arkansas Heritage

  • For Family-Orientated Fun and Scholarships
    A list of Arkansas art organizations and galleries that cater to children and students K-12. This list represents a sampling of art organizations from around the state that have child-friendly events and workshops. Many of these organizations host summer or year-round workshops and/or offer college scholarships. If you would like to add your organization to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • For K-12 Art, Theater, and Music Educators
    A list of Arkansas art organizations and galleries that feature special teacher and school resources and discounts. This list represents a sampling of galleries and art organizations from around the state that have resources for K-12 teachers of the arts and/or special school programs. If you would like to add your gallery or organization to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • For People with a Variety of Hobbies and Interests
    A list of Arkansas organizations and societies that highlight the eclectic arts culture in Arkansas. This list represents a sampling of organizations around the state that host programs on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to gardening, cooking, craft making, writing, history, and film. Many of these societies have open membership and/or lessons for students of all ages. If you would like to add your organization to the list, please fill out a submission form.

  • For Actors and Theater Lovers
    A list of Arkansas theaters and performance venues that support and/or feature local actors. This list represents a sampling of theaters and performance venues from around the state. Many of these organizations offer open auditions and workshops. If you would like to add your theater to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • For Artists and Art Lovers
    A list of Arkansas art organizations and galleries that represent and/or feature local artists. This list represents a sampling of galleries and art organizations from around the state. Many of these galleries and organizations have workshops and other special events that are open to the public. If you would like to add your gallery or organization to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • For Dancers and Dance Fans
    A list of Arkansas dance companies and performance venues that support and/or feature local dancers. This list represents a sampling of dance companies and performance venues from around the state. Many of these organizations offer open auditions and/or lessons for students of all ages. If you would like to add your organization to the list, please fill out a submission form. Please report any old or broken links.

  • Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
    Offering a valuable service for local and regional artist by providing space for exhibitions and art classes for over 50 years.

  • Arts & Economic Prosperity National Report
    The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audience. "The key lesson from Arts & Economic Prosperity III is that communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefits of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy. In my travels across the country, business and government leaders often talk to me about the challenges of funding the arts and other community needs amid…

  • Building The Orrery
    A profile of northwest Arkansas artist Eugene Sargent and his creation, The Orrery. A profile of northwest Arkansas artist Eugene Sargent and his creation, the orrery, a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the Solar System in a heliocentric model. The orrery is driven by a clockwork mechanism with a globe representing the Sun at the centre, and with a planet at the end of each of the arms. . One…

  • King's Opera House
    A short film about forbidden love and opera in the town of Van Buren, AR. Arkansas, 1901. Colonel Henry P. King announces his intention to construct a fully functioning Opera House in the heart of Van Buren. King’s plan however doesn’t bode well for certain members of the community. When local physician’s daughter, Allye Parchman, falls in love with a local traveling stage actor, her father goes to great lengths to stop their relationship dead in its tracks.…

  • The History of Thanksgiving
    Watch this Student Selects entry about the beginnings of a national holiday. Our friends over at the Spring Creek Festival made this their video of the week so we thought we'd share it too! "The History of Thanksgiving" was a 2013 Student Selects entry from Daniel Sedrick, Jasmine Castillo and Springdale District Television. Happy Thanksgiving from AETN Student Selects and Spring Creek Festival!

  • Carousel
    The restoration of the horses on the historic Over The Jumps Carousel at the Little Rock Zoo. 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 at 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…

  • A Lookback at Carousel
    Take a journey back to 1990 with this Arkansas Traveller piece on the Herschell-Spillman Carousel. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has been working for over 20 years to keep the Herschell-Spillman Carousel (or, to some of you, the Over-the-Jumps Carousel) at the Little Rock Zoo restored and running. From their website: "The Herschell-Spillman Carousel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1989, with statewide significance. At the time, the nomination stated that the carousel was…

  • BOBGOBLIN "Sinistar"
    The veteran rock band produces this classic 80's arcade inspired music video. BOBGOBLIN is a veteran rock band that formed in Dallas, Texas in the mid-1990s but has ties to Arkansas. Originally from Little Rock, lead vocalist and keyboard player Hop Litzwire moved back to Arkansas some years back, but the band continues on with drummer Rob Avsharian now residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan and guitarist Tony Jannotta in Chicago. The old-school punk and new-wave influenced BOBGOBLIN - counting their…

  • "The Music of Friends"
    "The Music of Friends" follows three young musicians – Rachel Herman, a violist from western Pulaski County; Jenny Nulson,a pianist from Greenbrier; and Michael Stiritz, a cellist from Russellville – who together form the Meadow Lark Trio. The film shows the trio at the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival where they work with instructors on ensemble playing, stylistic concerns and musicality in order to prepare them for the performance of their repertoire.

  • Beyond The Music Hall - Educational Outreach at the ASO
    A peek at what the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra does for young musicians.

  • Eureka Springs Artists Registry
    ESAR is the largest on-line gallery of Arkansas Artist.

  • Make Others See
    "Art Is Not What You See But What You Make Others See" -Edgar Degas

  • "Love You, Too"
    A profile of Peggie Wallis, an 88-year-old ballet teacher in Northwest Arkansas. "Love You, Too," is a profile of Peggie Wallis, an 88-year-old ballet teacher who grew up in New Zealand, studied ballet in Europe, and now lives in Northwest Arkansas where she continues to train young dancers to amazingly high levels of technique. "Miss Peggie," as her students call her, is one of those gifted teachers who is able to impart a respect for the discipline required to learn…

  • My name is Maria Botti-Villegas
    I am an artist. I am an artist-in-residence for the state of Arkansas. I came to Arkansas 21 years ago after meeting my future husband in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we are both from. He brought that wonderful AETN video about his work as an artist-in-residence, and I fell in love with him. And so when my husband, Jorge Villegas, invited me to the United States, I came! And in three months time, I was in Arkansas! I love Arkansas,…

Last Updated 05 Jan 2017