Spring 2015 MLA graduate Jeannie Stone chose to fulfill her degree requirements with a creative project that combined her love of painting and writing. The exhibit she created, titled Carry Me Home, consists of a dozen impressionistic Arkansas landscape paintings and a poem by the same title in a display case on the concourse of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) where travelers from all over the world are first introduced to the state and weary Arkansans are returning home. Other aspects of the project included a research paper, collaboration with airport administration and hiring a professional sign company for signage and staging. The show will be on display through Spring 2016.
Jeannie Stone visited the inaugural week of the 12th Havana Biennial after graduation in May for the purpose of experiencing the culture and art of the region and sharing that with fellow Arkansans. Stone's mother was Puerto Rican and although Stone was raised in Arkansas, she has spent a great deal of time in the Caribbean. Through the creation of "Cuba To Arkansas Connection," a series of traveling art fiestas, Stone has collaborated with other Arkansas Hispanic artists to host authentic fiestas in ten different communities in western Arkansas for the expressed purpose of celebrating diversity and promoting tolerance. She believes the lectures on Cuba and the artwork she creates from her trip will be of interest to nonHispanic neighbors and will foster conversations that strengthen unity in communities.
Jeannie Stone is involved in a book signing tour across the state to promote a new book just released on Amazon, The Holy Spirit in the New Testament by Marcie Shepard. Stone is one of the illustrators of the coffee-table book and has twelve of her oil paintings featured.
For more Information on Jeannie Stone's creative thesis project, go to www.jeanniestone.com.