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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.

Ken Neiheisel

I spent 30 years as an owner and partner in a strategic branding agency in Cincinnati, Ohio until my retirement. Drawn to Austin by family and Austin’s dynamic and creative culture, I have been an active member of the downtown /Bouldin Creek neighborhood for the past 7 years. Read more>>

Marla Lueur and Marco Demarco

Noise Traveler is a synth-pop duo that consists of the collaborative efforts between Marla Lueur and Marco Demarco. It all started in late 2010 when we met in our hometown of Brownsville, Texas. I was a singer/songwriter straight out of college from Berklee College of Music in Boston. My original compositions were mainly derived out of folk and pop-rock in Spanish. Read more>>

Rose Hohenberger

Creativity has always been my path, one that’s taken me — literally and figuratively — to many places and given me insights I’d never have experienced otherwise. The path began at about age nine, in Arkansas, where I had the guidance of a neighborhood art teacher — Read more>>

Keith Caron

I was hired to do some cartoon work for Wild World of Skateboarding and Flash magazines. I was fortunate to have met master artist Robert Williams, who drew the logo for Flash, founded Juxtapoz magazine, and did the original (banned) cover art for Guns ‘n’ Roses album Appetite for Destruction. Through Williams, I was introduced to underground comics and posters. Read more>>

Gregory Elion

With photography angles are everything and they can make or break a picture and the same can be said with life, changing the way you look at your problems can change the whole picture. This concept has gotten me through some tough times and this is what I would like to teach the youth. Read more>>

John Hovig

My background in science and engineering makes my work structured and visually precise, but my love of architecture and design keeps my eye toward making art that celebrates space, and my pursuit of emotional intensity guides me toward work that lives and breathes. Read more>>

Kit Casati

I’m continuing to explore the merging of unexpected materials in my work, taking delight in the natural beauty of organic patterns and opting for responsibly sourced materials for my creations. Another development is that I now share my work and process with other emerging artists on Instagram. Read more>>

Sean Cassidy

My music is inspired by several different genres, ranging from Hip Hop, Classic Rock to R&B. I have a very versatile skill set, whether it be singing, rapping, creating, or playing many instruments. I plan to use my entertainment platform to promote positive mental health. Read more>>

Derek Silva and Fabian Silva

Mantra Love started off as a bedroom recording project from Derek Silva. Shortly after making a few songs, Derek asked his brother, Fabian, to join the band. Together the brothers continued to create music and get their friends to help bring the songs to life in a live environment. Read more>>

Crystal Wagner

I love Hair period. I started doing my hair in the 6th grade, which I earned my passion for perfecting a certain look. My mom would always encourage me; she was the only person that would let me cut their hair. Which is pretty funny with Her knowing I didn’t have a slit clue. Read more>>

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