Artist INC Argenta

The Argenta Arts Foundation partners with M-AAA to deliver Artist INC Argenta

About the 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.

Artist INC Live Argenta convenes from September 11, 2018 through October 30, 2018.

Argenta Peer Facilitators

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.

Ryan Howard

Ryan “Rah” Howard is a hip-hop artist and harmonica player from Little Rock, Arkansas. Born the son of a local blues musician, Rah Howard began to discover his own connection to music early on and his incredible ability to connect to people through music. With a preacher as a grandfather – he took in powerful sermons and learned through watching these moving speeches, that words can truly mean everything if the person saying, speaking or singing them has the passion, conviction and true-belief in what they’re communicating. Taking the best qualities of these two family-inspirations, Rah hoWard began to combine these dynamics and create a unique music style filled

with elements of hip-hop, blues, and soul. Rah hoWard has been featured on MTV.com, Allhiphop.com and Shade 45 Radio. He was the winner the first Arkansas Hip-hop Showcase (2009) and was a semi-finalist in the Arkansas Time Musician’s Showcase (2010). Howard has also released two albums, “B2BFA” in 2013 and “In My Time” in 2015.

Kandy Jones

Kandy Jones recycles found objects into something new, unexpected. Her mixed media mosaics and hypertufa work are found in Little Rock’s River Market, Clinton Foundation, and Little Rock Zoo. She has appeared on KATV’s Saturday Daybreak, Janet Carson, and Chris Olsen, and been featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, North Little Rock Times, Arkansas Times, and 501 Life. She has been teaching her art for many years. An avid storyteller, she speaks to groups all over Arkansas and 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 made honorable mention in the Arkansas Arts Center Delta Exhibition. In 2015, she won “Best of Show” at the Argenta Arts Festival.” After completing the Artist Inc program in 2013, she became the administrator of the program for 2014.

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.

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 was released in Summer 2017.

Paul Prater

Paul Prater is a mentalist, magician, stage performer, published author, regular contributor to industry publications, lecturer and teacher.  Paul has more than a decade of performing experience, presenting his unusual and mind bending shows across the world.

Paul is a recognized expert in the fields of bizarre magic and mentalism, focusing on the unusual and often creepy, weaving stories and antiques into his shows featuring séance performance and ghosts.  The shows are always different, relying strongly on audience interaction.

Paul is a regular lecturer at conventions across the globe, where we speaks on the creepy side of performance, as well as the business side of performing, offering advice on efficiency and leveraging technology to make better use of time.

Paul has won multiple awards for his writing and has won stage competitions for his off kilter performance.  Paul is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Psychic Entertainers Association.

Artist INC Argenta Administration

Susie Cowan

Susie Cowan is a local business enthusiast focused on promoting independent business in Arkansas. Cowan helped start the music and craft festival, Legends of Arkansas, the independent Business Alliance, Local First Little Rock, and Local Magazine. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Local First Arkansas and the Director of Marketing and Development for the Argenta Downtown Council and Argenta Arts Foundation. Cowan believes that if we help educate the public how important it is to keep their money in their own community, that we can strengthen the local economy from within. In her free time, she helps host events to create connections and boost the local economies in the communities throughout Arkansas. Her current position for the Argenta Downtown Council & Argenta Arts Foundation has given her the opportunity to focus her energy and experience into  Argenta Arts District to ensure quality of life and attract people from all over the region to  the Argenta arts and entertainment district.

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 was released in Summer 2017.