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Louis and Elsie Bates Freund

Little Rock, AR

Louis Freund was born in 1905 in Clinton, Missouri. He was an active artist in Arkansas from the mid 1930s. He got his education at University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, Colarossi Academy and La Grande Chaumiere in Paris, Princeton University, and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

He traveled Europe during his youth, and returned to the states during the Great Depresion. He began traveling in Arkansas in the 1930s, hiking through the countryside, drawing and painting the towns and mountains. In 1936 he traveled for months through the Ozarks and Ouachita mountains for the WPA program. He also entered a system of competitions for murals in public buildings; through this he was awarded the job of painting a mural in the Post Office at Pocahontas. He also painted murals at the Post Office in Heber Springs; War Department murals at Camp Robinson and Fort Chaffee; the Bank of Eureka Springs; and he also painted murals in Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and Washington, D.C.

Elsie Bates Freund was born in 1912 in Mincy, Missouri. She was a watercolorist, fiber artist and studio craftsman, but she was best known for her unique jewelry. She was one of the pioneers of studio art jewelry. She was educated at Kansas City Art Institute, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Wichita Art Association and Stetson University in Florida. Her work is now located in museums in the United States and around the world.

Elsie Bates Freund left this world June 24, 2001. Her husband Louis Freund preceded her in death. A memorial was established in 2001 with Heifer International Foundation with a bequest from Louis and Elsie Freund of Little Rock, Arkansas. Every year, income from the Louis and Elsie Bates Memorial will be made available to Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.