Artist INC Argenta

Artist INC and M-AAA collaborate with the Argenta Arts Foundation to present Artist INC Live Argenta

About Argenta Arts Foundation

The Argenta Arts Foundation builds local amenities and events, to promote the creative opportunities for citizens of Central Arkansas. They showcase the creative assets, environment, and people of Central Arkansas on a regional and national basis. The Foundation is focused on bringing an understanding and appreciation of the myriad of artistic talents in their community through support of events such as 3rd Friday Art Walk, Argenta Acoustic Music Series, Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, the Film Society of Little Rock, Argenta Community Theater and Pot Luck & Poison Ivy. AAF showcases the achievements and varied talents of artists for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors alike.

Argenta Peer Facilitators

Judy Goss

Arkansas playwright Judy B. Goss first improvised backyard scenes with childhood pals in Texas. Earning degrees in theatre and performance of literature, she became theatre director at a community arts center. Married and raising daughters, she led creative dramatics as an artist-in-education and directed community plays, before teaching full-time at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School. After an Arts Council fellowship in 2000, she participated in Sewanee Writers’ Conference workshops three times, with mentors Lee Blessing, Beth Henley, Daisy Foote and Dan O’Brien. Her scripts have had staged readings, and First Farewell was produced in 2011.

Diane Harper

Diane Harper (b. 1962, Palm Springs, CA) spent her childhood as a military nomad. She is the daughter of an Army forensic photographer father and a French mother. Her early years in Europe fostered a rich imagination fueled by fairy tales and folklore, Cold War intrigue, World War history, and a bicultural home life. Intrigued by novelty and experimentation, she works with a variety of media, primarily with pen and ink expressive sketching, mixed media, acrylic, encaustic, and printmaking. She is a workshop instructor in mixed media, art journaling, and pen and ink techniques. She lives in Little Rock with her husband Jim and her cat Camille Clawdel. Diane’s artworks are in private and corporate collections, and can be seen at Gallery 26 and South Main Creative in Little Rock, or by contacting Robert Bean at RB Fine Art.

Kandy Jones

Kandy has been an artist all her life. She calls herself a “redneck Martha Stewart.” She explores the world around her and recycles it into something new and unexpected with found objects. Her creations move, converse with, surprise and amuse the viewer. Her mixed media mosaics and hypertufa work are found in Little Rock’s River Market, Clinton Foundation, Little Rock Zoo, and private collections throughout Arkansas. She is a frequent guest on KATV’s Saturday Daybreak, and has appeared with Janet Carson, and Chris Olsen. She has been featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, North Little Rock Times, Arkansas Times, and 501 Life. She teaches at the Arkansas Arts Center and Eureka Springs School of Arts. An avid storyteller, she speaks to groups all over Arkansas about the “Art of Recycling,” and she has been featured on NPR’s “Tales From the South.” She has won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 & 2014 Arkansas Sculpture Invitational. In 2014, she was accepted in The Delta Exhibition and made honorable mention.

Kevin Kresse

Kevin Kresse is an Arkansas native who has supported his family as a sculptor and painter for 15 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has exhibited his work in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Memphis, TN. and Atlanta, GA. Among his awards were painting fellowships from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Arkansas Arts Council. He has been commissioned to do numerous public works, from large outdoor pieces to bronze busts. Kresse has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, radio interviews, television features and a short film.

Kristina Marinova

A native of Bulgaria, pianist Kristina Marinova studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Sofia with renowned pianist, Iovcho Krushev. She received her Masters in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, in the studio of Prof. Arthur Greene and graduated with honors. She is a winner of numerous competitions and awards internationally, as well as in the US. Ms. Marinova has been a participant in major music festivals where she has collaborated with some of the most prominent musicians in the world. She has appeared as a soloist with the Bulgarian State Orchestra, as well as various university orchestras. As a soloist, Kristina appeared in Europe and the US. Currently, Ms. Marinova is the vocal coach for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Opera Theatre and choral program, as well as the Chotard Institute of Music. Additionally, she is the founder of the Outreach Program for the Performing Arts at UALR, and frequently appears on the stage as a soloist and a chamber musician.

Paula Martin

An Arkansas native, Paula Martin is an award-winning writer, teacher, and editor who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Her writings have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, and she is the recipient of the 2013 Arkansas Arts Council Governor’s Arts Award for Folklife, and the 2017 Inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame. Paula also created and produced the internationally-syndicated Tales from the South Radio Show, which aired for ten years on NPR, PRX, and Stitcher and garnered multiple regional, national, and international awards. She has just joined the new Potluck and Poison Ivy Storytelling Show as the Producer and Creative Director, and her second novel, Bone by Bone: A Love Story is set to release Summer 2017.

Tatiana Roitman

Pianist Tatiana Roitman has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe. The BBC hailed her performance of G. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Oxford Pops Orchestra as “formidable…both accurate and with rarely seen joy.” In 2010 Naxos released Roitman’s performance of the Rhapsody in Blue in the album Jazz Nocturne – American Concertos of the Jazz Age. A versatile performer – soloist and chamber musician, with repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary, Roitman’s interpretations are characterized by warmth and emotional intensity, aiming to reach and to educate her audiences, ensuring continuation and pertinence of the art form.

Dominique Simmons

Born in 1954 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dominique grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her earliest art memories are of looking at the “big” art books from the family library, the smell of turpentine and oil paints, and photographic chemicals from her father’s dark room. In 2013, Dominique retired as an adjunct professor in art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Prior to that, she was an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center. Dominique earned a Master of Fine Arts at UALR and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University. She is a competitive artist and her creative abilities have been recognized in a number of venues. Her work has frequently been picked for the” Delta Competition”, and the “Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” competition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Dominique is also a frequent exhibitor and winner in the annual “Small Works on Paper” competitions. Dominique’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, and many private collections throughout the United States.