Artist and art educator Emily Wood captures amazing emotions from the faces of her muses.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Emily Moll Wood; Artist--I do paintings and drawings that are mostly of people. I am also the Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department and an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School; I have lived in Little Rock for nine years total, but with a one-year hiatus in New York City. I live in the Heights (but on the very edge).
2. Who or what has inspired your recent works of art and where can we see your work? My most recent body of work is inspired by people making music and/or reacting to music. A show of these paintings, called "See the Sound" was on display at Lyon College through February. I will be the featured artist for the Thea Foundation's Arts Festival in Argenta in April. I also have work at Gallery 26 in Hillcrest and Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs and on my website and Facebook page.
3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in Little Rock? I'm sorry, I can't just pick one. I love a Root cheeseburger and sweet potato fries or any other veggie they fry. Sometimes when they have several special side dishes, I'll just make a meal of fried local vegetables. But I like change and surprise and love how Hillcrest Artisan Meats changes their menu everyday and I can get something wonderful and different all of the time. Their ever changing H.A.M. burger is equally good, when I can get there early enough to get one.
4. Finish this sentence: My perfect evening in Little Rock involves...a date with my perfect husband, of course! Maybe go to an art event of some sort, then dinner at South on Main or Terry's with plenty of red wine and some sort of dark decadent chocolate dessert, and then we might catch a good band like Amasa Hines at White Water (by the way, everyone should get their new album).
5. What do you think is Little Rock's best kept secret? I hope its not really a secret, but something more Little Rock art lovers should know about is the Applied Design program at UALR. There is some amazing stuff being made there-- some really creative and conceptual woodworking and metalsmithing. You would have to go a long way away from Arkansas to find anything similar.
Don't miss the chance to see Emily's work at the Thea Arts Festival on April 26.