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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Houston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Katherine & Dennon Couron

We’re Katherine and Dennon Couron, and we’re the founders of Boyd’s of Texas, a natural fragrance house in San Antonio TX. We originally met in North Carolina, and have since relocated to South Texas. We started the company in mid-2016 and, at the time, we were making bar soaps and oils and a few other face products. Read more>>

Sontera Mader

The art I produce as a photographer is a collaboration between myself and the women sitting in front of my camera. One of the joys of making art for me is the unknown, I don’t know these women’s stories or backgrounds until we meet in the studio. Boudoir photography involves a lot of trust and vulnerability. Read more>>

Jon Scott

I think everyone has a natural born interest in something, and whether big or small, it’s important to keep it close to you. For me, I was always naturally interested in the amazing moments I could capture with a camera. My first camera was used almost exclusively for filming skateboarding videos. Read more>>

Malique Jenkins

Yoba was my childhood nickname, and as a child, I grew up in a little neighborhood called Alief in southwest Houston. Alief is one of the most diverse places on earth as it is home to a variety of different races from all over the world. Therefore, living there led me to learn to appreciate the diversity of our world. Read more>>

Paul Reid

I have been lucky enough to have a full-time Art career, exhibiting widely within the U.K. for the last 20 years. A particular highlight during that time was being chosen as the Official Tour Artist for His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales on his trips to Jordan and Turkey in 2004 and to Canada in 2009. Read more>>

Christine Ha

I taught myself how to cook in college when I missed her cooking. At the same time, I began losing my vision, which I later learned was due to an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO). I am now fully vision impaired but re-taught myself how to cook without sight. Read more>>

Satara Dyse

I started modeling a few years ago on the side as well; I wanted to have a well-rounded vision. Hair, makeup, photography, and editing. I wanted to be in front of and behind the camera. I want to do it all so I can truly and most accurately display my own mind. Creative directing is my goal. Read more>>

Carolynda Macdonald

My life’s journey towards being a full-time painter hasn’t been straightforward. Although I spent a lot of my childhood drawing and painting, I was encouraged to put this aside and concentrate on getting the grades to study medicine or science. Read more>>

Ellen Rozman

It took years, and I went down several paths. Many were the wrong paths though I learned quite a bit along the way. I eventually ended up writing a book about my story, and it dives deep into the gut-brain connection. It’s real, raw, dark, and humorous and 100% true! Read more>>

Georgia Parker

It has a really special way of bringing people together and making people happy. I’ve seen folks who are from different generations and have nothing in common politically come together to enjoy western swing. Whether you were there on not, it’s hard not to feel the nostalgia from the style. Read more>>

Aye Cue

Always being ridiculed by the crowds I desperately thought would gain me popularity, I soon realized life is just more beautiful when you accept yourself for the God-Made force that you are; and for me that was the nerdy social outcast from the hood that somehow had a knack for creativity. Read more>>

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