breaking news

Deadly crash shuts down I-20 East before Downtown Connector

Late artist’s work to be featured on new AMC show

The new AMC series “Halt and Catch Fire,” about the dawn of the 1980s personal computer revolution, launches at 10 p.m. Sunday. Lisa Frank will be watching closely, but not necessarily at what lead cast members Lee Pace’s and Scoot McNairy’s characters are up to.

She’ll be looking over their shoulders.

Set designers working on the show bought several pieces of art created by Frank’s mother, Shirlee Frank, who died in 2008.

“When I heard it was the same channel as ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men,’ I thought, this could really be fun,” Lisa Frank said. “It’s fun she’s being discovered and appreciated.”

Shirlee Frank moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta in 2006 to be near her daughter, who has a history in art museum public relations. Unfortunately, cancer claimed her two years later. Shortly before her mother passed away, Lisa Frank arranged a show at a local gallery. Scores of pieces sold and she’s been selling pieces ever since.

“I had no idea it would have such appeal,” she said. An art buyer working on “Halt and Catch Fire” happened to see a piece someone had bought.

“I’m looking for this era. Are there more?” the buyer asked.

Are there ever.

“She was a prolific artist for about 30 years,” Lisa Frank said. “Right after my sister and I graduated high school, she took up art. She did the work personally. She tried to be in galleries here and there but really did it for herself, for her own creativity.”

Her mother’s works, which you can view online at, include watercolors, acrylic paintings, ceramic pieces and prints. Her vast repertoire ranges from bold geometric abstracts to landscapes and portraits to detailed figurines.

“She was very influenced by Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani,” Lisa Frank said. “We grew up going to galleries and museums all our lives. We were raised in Los Angeles. It’s sort of ironic that she moved to Atlanta and now the movie industry has come to Atlanta.”

The show is set in Texas but filmed locally. Look for local spots such as Georgia’s Gold Dome, the Plaza Theatre, Northside Tavern and Chops Lobster Bar and period accents like big hair, shoulder pads and video arcade games.

Lisa Frank will be looking for her mom’s work.

“I’m hoping for a closeup,” she said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Living

Life with Gracie: ‘Rewind’: Atlanta Women’s Chorus takes a look back
Life with Gracie: ‘Rewind’: Atlanta Women’s Chorus takes a look back

After 16 years supervising performing arts teachers in Cobb County schools, Melissa Arasi was starting to miss being in the classroom, making music, so much so she’d fancied starting her own chorus. As fate would have it one day in 2012, she discovered a former Walton High School student singing with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. She sensed...
Heath Ledger's sister remembers him 10 years after his death
Heath Ledger's sister remembers him 10 years after his death

Heath Ledger’s sister, Kate Ledger, is opening up about how his family is honoring his memory 10 years after his death. Kate opened up for a rare interview with WHO last week before the 10th anniversary of her brother’s Jan. 22, 2008, death. She told the publication that keeping Ledger’s memory alive in her home has...
Kim Schaper, 39, of Atlanta lost 58 pounds
Kim Schaper, 39, of Atlanta lost 58 pounds

Former weight: 190 pounds Current weight: 132 pounds Total pounds lost: 58 pounds Height: 5 feet 4 inches Age: 39 years How long she’s kept it off: She reached her current weight in 2013. “I weighed only 75 pounds, then went up to 190 pounds, and then back down to 132 pounds — this is my healthy weight,” Schaper said. Personal...
You can hit a wall riding at home
You can hit a wall riding at home

Between living alone and working at home, and food delivery, Netflix and FaceTime, I sometimes feel like a particularly luxe and cheerful agoraphobe. But exercising remains something I have to leave the house for. Maybe not for long, though. There’s no excuse that applies to trekking to the gym if it’s a few yards from your bed. The exercise...
Review: Express aims high with lofty ‘Angels in America’
Review: Express aims high with lofty ‘Angels in America’

In a mammoth effort, Actor’s Express tackles the celebrated Tony Kushner drama “Angels in America” in all its sprawling glory, with concurrent productions of both parts to the epic saga. “Part One: Millennium Approaches,” directed by Martin Damien Wilkins (“Father Comes Home From the Wars”), unfolds over...
More Stories