"What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real."
--Rabindranath Tagore
Artists
411 Main St.        N. Little Rock, AR       501-372-7976      
411 Main St.      N. Little Rock, AR       501-372-7976      
If you are an artist interested in selling your works at Starving Artist Cafe', please see Artist Submissions
The walls and shelves of Starving Artist Cafe' are filled with the work of local artists.  This is the crux of what we are all about: Food. Wine. Art.  Artists are often at the restaurant working on a piece, and diners can watch as the artist creates his or her work. All art is for sale, and by the time you finish dessert, the artist may be signing his or her name to the piece.
Painters
Stephano Sutherlin
Doug Norton
Tamerlane Franks
Jason Harper
Tanya Hollifield
Nancy R. Riney
Dan R. Thornhill
Catherine Caldwell
Sister Maria Liebeck
Marty Ann Smith
Brooke Buckley
Sandra Newberg
Ludwik Kozlowski
Alonzo Butler
Lee Ann Bell
Laura Flowers
Peggy Roberson
Writers
Diane Payne
Allison McNeill
Paula Martin Morell
Gary Weibye
Steve Whisnant
Breanna Cone
Barbara Longstreth Mulkey
Morris Inch
Ann Snuggs
Harding Stedler


Other
Jason Frizzell (photographer)
Gale Gill (potter)
Ozark Writers League (anthology)
David Colclasure (jeweler)
Jeannie Clifton (sculptor)
Byron Werner (collage)
Ashley Smith (photographer)
Terry Boyd (photographer)
Bennie Parker (pencil and sketch artist)
D. Crawford (pencil and sketch artist)
Andrew Marsh (pencil and pen and ink)
Chris Keeling (photography)
True Alisandre (colored pencil drawing)
Lacey Brunner (photography)
Carol Funke (handmade paper and painter)




True Alisandre  www.smoothyogabytrue.com
Colored Pencil Drawing
True is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher & Licensed Massage Therapist who has had a presence in Arkansas since 1975. His art is vividly abstract emerging from his meditations & the feelings he has during the thousands of individual massages & hundreds of group events: stress relief seminars, and yoga classes he's led. He calls his visual art pieces: Pictures of Health & energetic drawings.

Lee Ann Bell
Painter
(bio coming soon)

Terry Boyd  www.terryboydphotography.com
Photographer 
Terry is from Russellville, Arkansas, is a self-taught photographer, and lives in Arkansas Oct-May and Denali National Park, Alaska May-Oct. "The sound of falling water is a good conversation, you see, it has educated in all things that matter most to me. The first step toward creative photography is to see with love in your heart."

Lacey Brunner 
Photographer
Lacey owns Leigh D Photography in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Through her business she creates unique portraits, while also working in the commercial photography industry.

Brooke M. Buckley
Painter
Brooke is a self taught artist and a mother of three. She began painting murals and hand painted furniture 9 years ago after having her first child. She enjoys getting to know each client's family and seeing the wonder on a child's face after she transforms their room for them. During her late husband's battle with terminal brain cancer she began painting original pieces at home as therapy and meditation. Creating her contemporary acrylic works on canvas are still an outlet for her in many ways. She also combines fabrics and various papers in collage form along with acrylics to create texture and give "life" to the piece. Whether painting a wall, table, or canvas she truly loves what she does.

Alonzo Butler  www.artbyalonzo.wetpaint.com
Painter
Born in New Orleans, La in 1976 Alonzo Butler loves to paint - it has always been an important part of his life.  Both of his parents were artists, and he grew up watching them work and seeing the joy they got from creating art.  He studied art in college, where he experimented with the popular trends of the day and spent 6 years working as a graphic artist.  Throughout his artistic journey he have always been drawn to the art of painting.


Catherine Caldwell
Painter
Art is a form of meditation for Catherine.  It is a way to escape into the subject, and become so
totally absorbed that she is not even aware of the reality around her.  Whether it is using  pencil, watercolor, oil, charcoal, or creating mosaic stepping stones, she can escape.  The art becomes her only focus.

Jeannie Clifton
Sculptor
Jeannie is a 1997 graduate of UALR with a minor in Studio Art, major emphasis in sculpture.  She is a Freelance Photography Art Director with clients such as Dillards Inc., Time-Warner, and Time Inc-People Magazine. She is the co-owner of Clif Studios, a fine art and ceramic studio.

David Colclasure
Jeweler
David spend the first 24 years of his life in the Panama Canal Zone. His parents worked for Panama Canal Company. He is currently a programmer for a Little Rock company. He is writing his first novel, and he also builds model ships from kits. The stones David uses in his handmade jewelry were found by himself or his mother in various places around the world.

D. Crawford
Pencil and Sketch Artist
(bio coming soon)

Mitchell Crisp
Painter
Mitchell Crisp was born in Dallas, Texas, but has lived her life all over the country, moving from New York to Little Rock in 2002.  Her mother and grandmother's work hang in national Museums, so she considers art sort of the "family buisness."  Her work shows nationally, but sells primarily into private collections in New York and Los Angeles. Her paintings have appeared in script specific roles on NBC's "Law and Order" and on sets of many films. She paints to support her filmmaking obsession, in which she is known as "Mitchell Patterson."

"Everybody matters. Everything matters. And if something doesn't matter to you, you should put it into a new context. Then it will matter." That is the subject of all her paintings and collage pieces.


Tamerlane Franks
Painter
For Tamerlane, who has health challenges related to growing older with spina bifida and scoliosis, art is a magic carpet ride. Tamerlane has a degree in Communication, is married, and has one child

Jason Frizzell  www.jasonfrizzell.com
Photographer
Jason Frizzell owns Aabstract Studios is currently for hire in the wedding and portrait
arenas of photography.  He also is very interested in landscape and abstract photography, and his work includes a series of prints for the remodeling of Doctor’s Hospital. Six examples of his work can be found on the hospital’s fourth floor. Loyal customers made it possible for Frizzell, a waiter at The Faded Rose, to fund the start of Aabstract Studios. As he continues to wait tables, Frizzell will gradually build his business with plans to “travel and do magazine work.” 

Laura Flowers
Painter
Laura has made Arkansas her home since the age of nine after moving here from Chicago, Illinois. Laura has taken an extreme interest in not only the history of art, but the techniques as well. She has been working as an Artist for the past five years, and has taken the specific interest in Oil painting for the past four years. She is currently studying at Arkansas State University for her Bachelor Degree of Fine Art.


Carol Funke  www.funkeoriginals.com
Handmade Paper and Painter

Carol studied art at the University of Northern Iowa and has continued her education and love of art throughout her life.  She has studied art in several states in the U.S., as well as internationally.

In 1994 Carol and her husband, Bob, had the opportunity to live abroad.  While living in Hong Kong, Carol furthered her studies in the art of handmade paper.  Since handmade paper began in China in the year 105 AD, she wanted to learn the “old” way of making handmade paper. Taking classes from British/Chinese proved to be very interesting.  Also while living in Hong Kong, Carol conducted handmade paper workshops to ex-pat women through the American Women’s Association.  In 1996 Carol and Bob moved to Budapest, Hungary, where Carol also studied handmade paper makers and also taught paper classes though the International Women’s Club Foundation and the American Women’s Association of Budapest. One of Carol’s most unusual experiences was teaching classes through an interpreter at a deaf orphanage in Budapest. Carol’s unique style of art has become well known internationally as well as in the United States. 

Carol is a member of the Arkansas in Education Roster and the Arkansas Art on Tour Roster. She has earned several National Awards and State Awards in watercolor and handmade paper such as; Baber Award, Helen Frater Award, Strathmore Award, Best of Shows, and The Artists Magazine Honors.



Gale Gill
Potter
Now a writer, Gale Gill created pottery for many years in her past life. She moved to North Little Rock from Texarkana, Texas in February 2004. All items are designed and hand-thrown by Gale.

Jason Harper
Painter
Harper was born in 1968, December 10th in Little Rock, Arkansas. His interest in art was fostered early on by family members that are Artists as well. At the age of 12, his painting was on display at the Arkansas Art Center in the Arkansas School District Exhibit. He also won various other awards in Junior High School for Sculpture and Watercolor.
  Harper has worked as a Lighting and Soundman for years, and it wasn’t till he started working for an event planner that he started to paint again in 1998. His style reflects the theatre background of painting, bold lines, faux techniques, large details of items, as well as images of curtains and lighting. In more recent works he has painted with the use of mixed media, found objects, and Acrylic paints.
  Harper was a resident of the Kramer Artist Coop for four years. Harper now works and lives out of his home he bought in the Stifft Station area of Little Rock. In the River Market District of Little Rock, Harper has artwork at Sticky Fingerz, Gusano’s Pizza, and at Ernie Biggs.


Tanya Hollifield  http://www.tanyaartanddesign.com
Painter
Tanya's award-winning sculptures and fabric paintings have been actively collected nationwide. She is a member of the Arkansas Artists Registry, the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, and the Arts Students League of New York.

Brenda Iannacone (Breanna Cone)
Writer
A native of south Arkansas, Brenda moved to the Little Rock area in 1994 but has lived in North Little Rock with her husband, Carl, for the past ten years. She developed an interest in writing during high school but didn’t start writing seriously until she turned fifty. For the past four years, she's been writing mystery/romance novels under the pen name Breanna Cone. She currently has three books in her Spencer City Series and will have a children’s book available in December 2005.

Morris Inch
Writer
Morris Inch is a professor emeritus of biblical studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and past president of the Institute of Holy Land Studies (renamed Jerusalem University College), Jerusalem, Israel. He is now retired for the third time.

Chris Keeling
Photographer
Chris Keeling is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is an avid photographer with an emphasis on the unique landscape & wildlife of Arkansas. He enjoys architecture & portrait photography as well.

Ludwik "Koz" Kozlowski 
Painter
A retired medical doctor originally from Poland, Koz's paintings may be found in private collections all over the US and in international collections in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Sister Maria Liebeck
Painter
Sister Maria's paintings and original cards are collected internationally.

Allison McNeill  www.bayousodacreek.com
Writer
Allison McNeill, M.F.A., lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her son, Jason. Besides overseeing the day-to-day operations of Bayou Soda Creek Publishing, she encourages teens interested in writing, publishing, and healing, and plays with her dogs, Guthrie and Yoshi. Prior to her recent work in Steamboat, she lived in New Orleans and taught writing at the University of New Orleans and at Tulane University.


















Paula Martin Morell  www.paulamorell.com
Writer
Paula Martin Morell, MFA, is the recipient of regional, national, and international awards for her short stories and poetry.  Her work has also appeared in publications such as Short Story Journal, New Works Review, Outsider Ink, Southern Hum, Foliate Oak, Passport Journal, Quills and Pixels, The Double Dealer Redux, The Little Rock Free Press, The Arkansas Women's Journal, and Word Salad.  Three times she has been featured as an emerging writer at the International Conference on the Short Story in English.  Her critically-acclaimed first book broken water, a novel-in-stories, was released in 2004. Her second book, Invoking the Gifts (2005), is a creative writing workshop that is being used nationwide at schools, art centers, and drug and alcohol treatment centers. She is the director of A Way With Words Writing Workshops, is the creator, editor, and host of “Tales from the South,” and is listed on the Arkansas Arts Council Arts in Education Artist Roster. She teaches writing and literature for Saint Leo University and owns and operates Starving Artist Café along with her husband Jason.

Barbara Longstreth Mulkey
Writer
(bio coming soon)

Doug Norton
Painter
Doug is an award-winning Little Rock painter whose work has been actively collected both locally and nationally.

Sandra Newberg
Painter
Sandra works in both watercolor and acrylics.  She often adds metal or pottery pieces to her canvases.  She also works in clay, and she hand builds functional as well as non-functional pieces with an emphasis in Raku Firing.

Her work has been shown at the Arkansas Art Center, Cantrell Gallery, Arkansas Artist Registry Governor’s Office, Historic Arkansas Museum, Artists in the Forest Arkansas Repertory Theater, Small Works on Paper, Cox Creative Center, Women in the Arts at Doctor’s Hospital, Rivermarket Gallery.  She was also chosen as a 2005 & 2006 Heart Ball Artist.

She works out of her studio in Little Rock.  She has pieces hanging in private homes as well as corporate offices.

Ozark Writers League www.ozarkwritersleague.org
Anthology
Echoes of the Ozarks, Volume I, features members of the Ozarks Writers League and is made up of short stories, essays, and poetry. Writers include Paul W. Johns, Jory Sherman, Delois McGrew, Karen Waggoner, Dusty Richards, Donna Volkenannt, Leon Combs, Halie Phillips, LInda Apple, Velda Brotherton, Julie Failla Earhart, Amy Harke-Moore, Mildred Reeves Burnett, Jeanie Horn, Phil Truman, Ron Pruitt, Beverly Reid, Dennis Edwards, Ellen Withers, Betty Craker Henderson, Louella Jo Turner, and Regina Cook Williams.

Bennie Parker
Pencil and Sketch Artist
Bennie was born in the Sweet Home, Arkansas area when, at the age of six, his father gave him paper and pencil and let him do his own thing. When he reached ten years old, he won his first art contest. In high school he won first place, and he has been drawing ever since.

Diane Payne  http://home.earthlink.net/~dianepayne/
Writer
Diane has published hundreds of stories and poems in endless magazines. She teaches English at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Peggy Roberson
Painter
Peggy Roberson, originally from Rochester, NY, has dabbled in art all of her life. She has worked with watercolor, pen and ink and acrylic but most recently she has been focused on oil painting. She enjoys painting landscapes and still life and has also ventured into portraiture. You may find that many of her paintings are reminiscent of landscapes and scenes you might find in the Northeast.


Nancy Riney   www.pasturesedgeart.com
Painter
Nancy Riney is an emerging, self-taught watercolor artist. She resides on a cattle farm in northern Arkansas where she has a herd of 150 sheep.  Through vivid, modern realism she tries to capture the landscape of the vanishing rural setting.  Nancy's work is also currently on display at the Studio in the Square Gallery in her hometown of Pocahotas, AR. 

Ashley Smith
Photographer
Ashley Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1975 and moved to North Little Rock as a child. An avid photographer for hobby throughout her life, her style reflects local and statewide architetchure, natural beauty and the common elements associated with the state of Arkansas.  Enhancement has been utilized to change balance, color and lighting while staying true to the mood of the original photograph.  She is a member of the Arkansas Arts Center and a single mother, who is passionate about raising her beautiful daughter, Tinsley.

Marty Smith
Painter
Arkansas artist Marty Smith has won numerous awards for her striking watercolor paintings.

Ann Snuggs
Writer
Ann Snuggs is a newspaper columnist and teacher of Spanish for pay and a film historian/critic at heart. Her western movie trivia book is unique in its coverage of A&B Westerns.

Harding Stedler
Writer
Harding is a retired professor of English, an active member of the River Market Poets in Little Rock and the Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas, and a volunteer at the Clinton Presidential Library. He recently had his sixth collection of poems published.

Stephano Sutherlin  www.stephanostudios.com
Painter
Stephano is an award-winning painter whose work has been actively collected locally and nationally.



Dan R. Thornhill www.pvcclr.org/minister.html
Painter
Dan R. Thornhill has been interested in art from an early age. In school, he would oftentimes spend his time doodling instead of listening to his teachers.  His artwork reflects an interest in expressing himself through color. Dan's paintings are expressionistic with a palette consisting primarily of warm colors.  He loves to experiment with and try new techniques. And, he enjoys painting a wide range of subjects. Dan believes that learning is a life-long pusuit that is essential for one's growth as an artist. He has developed into a very versatile painter working in acrylics and oils with his own unique style and expression.

Gary Weibye
Writer
Retired to NW Arkansas after a career in teaching (37 years) the last 27 years in Houston, Texas. Writes now about living in the mountains, knowing about wildernesses and the diverse people who go there today, and moving up and “over the hill”—liking it, hating it, embracing it, and fighting it. At 66, he writes for “geezers,” but connects with kids! (go figure)

Byron Werner      www.rockseye.com/werner
Psychedelic Folk Art
Born in Maryland in 1953, Byron has been creating original art since 1970.  Drawing influence from OP and psychedelic art styles, Byron creates a folk art eye candy that often changes when viewed from different angles. Works are made from gift wrap paper.

Steve Whisnant  www.stevewhisnant.com
Writer
Steve Whisnant is the author of two novels and has won or placed in over 35 contests in the past five years.  His work has been featured in Quills & Pixels, The Counselor, and The Storyteller.  He has also been a guest writer for several Arkansas newspapers, including the Democrat-Gazette.  In addition to serving as past President and Vice-President for Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas (www.fwca.org), Steve is currently the Arkansas State Representative for ByLine Magazine (www.bylinemag.com).  He is happily married and the proud father to three daughters. 



Attention Artists!  We have openings for artists to paint, draw, sketch, etc. during lunch and dinner. Set out a tip jar, bring other works for sale, get some exposure, and have lunch or dinner on us!  Call Mitchell for availability: 372-7976.