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LaFrance Orr, Helen

(born: Nov. 2, 1919  -  died: Nov. 22, 2020) 

Helen LaFrance Orr, born in Graves County, KY, was a self-taught folk artist who began painting when she was a small child. Her folk-art, called "Memory Painting," presents autobiography in visual images. Her work has been featured in galleries in Kentucky, Georgia, and Missouri. LaFrance Orr's art gallery was located in downtown Mayfield, KY.

For more see KET Productions' Kentucky Life Program 306, Artist Helen LaFrance; B. Mayr, "The simple life - paintings reflect woman's experiences in rural Kentucky," The Columbus Dispatch, 6/17/2007, Features - Life & Art section, p. 7E; "Helen LaFrance, Folk Artist of Rural Kentucky, Dies at 101," APNews website; Stephanie Wolf, "Ky. Artist Helen LaFrance Orr Lives on After Death, Through Her Art," WFPL website.

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