Artist Spotlight

With coffee cup in hand, Brandon Markin sits thoughtfully at Mugs Café, a film camera to his left and small notebook to his right. The Arkadelphia native is likely to engage you in a philosophical conversation about film, aesthetics, and story telling, if you let him. Throughout his life, Markin …

Local artist Robert Bean can’t particularly pinpoint when he first started exploring his creativity, but he has plenty of quirky anecdotes. For instance, he says, “When I was pretty young, [my parents] were painting the house and I had a little pedal car that I was in. I decided, well, …

If you ask Joshua Asante about his photography, you’re likely to participate in a part-philosophical, part-autobiographical discussion. No doubt you’ll learn things along the way, not only about Asante’s photographs, but also about yourself. “I feel my greatest skill as a photographer is my empathy,” says Asante, perched beside crackling, …

“When we first moved here, we both were wondering why,” says Sofia Gonzalez from the desk of her home studio. After growing up 20 minutes north of San Francisco, the move she and her fiancé made a over a year ago to the Natural State definitely caused a shock. Now, …

No one knows culture shock better than Michael Shaeffer, who, at the tender age of 13, moved with his family from Long Island, New York, to Hot Springs, Arkansas. “I was starting high school and I really didn’t want to be here at first,” he laughs. Luckily for Shaeffer, however, …

“Everything was art,” says Angela Davis Johnson as she looks back on her childhood. A child from “a lot of spaces,” Johnson moved often when she was young, as her father served in the military. Nevertheless, she considers a small, Eastern Arkansan town called Lambrook her home. “My mother is …

Although it might not seem intuitive, Matthew Castellano looks to and thanks the local skateboarding community for leading him to art. And although the Miami native didn’t necessarily have Little Rock on his radar, he’s glad he made the stop. “In 2010 I went on this long road trip where …

From photography to music and collage, Vincent Griffin is a jack-of-all-trades artist. “I get bored,” he laughs, “So, I always have a lot of things going on.” A North Little Rock native, Griffin began creating at a young age. He remembers having a piece up at the Arkansas Art Center …

Don’t know about Electric Ghost Screen Printing? Chances are, you’re probably pretty familiar with the local operation without even knowing it. Operated by Brooks Tipton and Shannon Shrum, Electric Ghost services t-shirt needs for a fair few local businesses and national ones at that. Locally, think Lost-40, Loblolly, The Bernice …

If you’ve never sat down and had a chat with Carmen Alexandria Thompson, a simple “Allie” to her family and close friends, you’re missing out. With the opening of DRAWL Southern Contemporary Art Gallery, the Little Rock native recently had some of her artwork exhibited for the first time. Thompson …

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