Lonnie Holley

David speaks with Bill Arnett, co-founder of Tinwood Media, and African American artist Lonnie Holley. Holley began his artistic life in 1979 by carving tombstones for his sister’s two children who died in a house fire. He used blocks of a soft sandstone-like by-product of metal casting which was discarded in piles by a foundry near his sister’s house. He believes that divine intervention led him to the material and inspired his artwork. Believing he had discovered some of the finest art he had ever seen, Bill Arnett helped bring Holley’s art out of Alabama and into exhibits at the 1996 Olympics, The Smithsonian and museums all around the world.

Original Air Date: 02-17-2011