"Looking for Kermit" - Anne Lamotte
The wonderful painting behind the altar in the chapel was created by Kermit Oliver. A new podcast series about Kermit Oliver and his work has come out by Anne Lamotte.
It is available in French here: www.franceculture.fr/emissions/looking-kermit
There are two reasons why it took me so long to write to you and keep you posted about that work:
The second reason is that the search for Kermit Oliver has played a key role in my life and it is difficult for me to leave it behind. Summer 2019 was a tough one for me personally and professionally. Going to Texas to look for that incredible man and painter, meeting you all and a part of America, listening to all your marvelous stories about Kermit has changed a part of me much more than I can explain. Let’s say that it was the beginning of the healing :-). Therefore, it’s hard for me to say goodbye to that story. But now I have a second documentary to make for France Culture and it’s time for me to move forward.
I also wanted you to know that Hermes loves the podcast. They invited me for lunch in Paris and showed me Kermit’s scarves original paintings which was such a privilege. But again, it’s thanks to you.
Last thing : there are some interviews that are not in the podcast. It has nothing to do with the quality of those interviews. Every conversation I recorded in Texas was worth keeping. But I had to make choices and believe me they were hard to make ! I really want to insist on this point : you all helped me understand who Kermit Oliver was and everything important you said to me is either in the interviews or in the text I wrote.
Those are all the reasons why I really want to thank you all. Warmly, deeply, sincerely. Special thanks to Geri Hooks, Shelby Marcus - Shelby I still have the little bell you offered me when I left Dallas and I’m moved everytime I see it - and the people in Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Refugio.
I’ll go back to Texas one day and maybe knock on your door. If you come to Paris, please knock on mine ! I hope to see you all again.