97: Meet Amanda Linn

Artist and educator Amanda Linn thinks you should be more like Earl.

1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Amanda Linn; Educator; 21; Capitol View.

2. Tell me a little bit about the art you're making these days. Do you have any favorite local artists? My day job has kept me pretty busy as of late, but I’ve still been making some art and making note of a lot of ideas. Much of the recent work/ideas revolve around my three dogs- Ennis, Jack and Earl. They’re rescues from local shelters so I suppose that makes them “locally sourced.” So far, I’ve created two and three dimensional pieces of them sharing their thoughts, interacting with celebrity dogs, all while wearing dapper outfits. I have plans for a series with the dogs telling jokes to famous works of art. I’ve also returned to the mixed media fabric work I was doing a few years ago. Turns out cutting and sewing small letters made of felt and creating imagery with many layers of stiches rivals the finest Adderall. I’ll also always have my “tiny stage” photographs; otherwise how can I rationalize continuing to add to my collection of unnecessary plastic objects?

Local artists? Let me just say the amount of “creativity” in Little Rock these days is amazing- artists, musicians, designers, local gardeners/farmers, people who create food--like the “artists” who create Loblolly Creamery’s Spicy Tai ice cream--so much good stuff is happening. There seems to be a spirit of adventure around town that I hope continues to grow and is sustained moving forward.

3. It's a Friday -- what's on your agenda? Daylight hours: working and/or driving in from being out of town for work. Evening hours: dinner, perhaps going somewhere, more likely hanging out at home cleaning off the week’s DVRed television covered in sleeping dogs.

4. Who has the best brunch? Does Sonic count?

5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? Definitely to eat at as many of the great local places we can fit in during the visit time and still manage to fit in our pants. To grab a drink at White Water or the Capital Bar, or both. On a drive to see things like the Bernice Garden, the Auto Baptism at the corner of Wright and MLK, Central High, and other points of interest. Maybe even take a leisurely spin around the rural areas not far from town. Hit some local flea markets. Check out the Arkansas Arts Center and the other great museums/historical sites where important things went down or even allegedly went down. Not to get all sappy, but one of the things that I’m most proud of when taking out-of-towners around the city is running into friends and neighbors--Little Rockers are some charming, funny, sweet people.

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