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Thought-Provokers: Katy

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 Katy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Gabriel and Daniel Traknyak

Our music talks about human experiences. It is not only personal but distant. We write about specific events or people in our lives but tell the story with ambiguity. Some stories are arbitrary while others are structured, but in many cases, these stories are intertwined. Read more>>

Brooke Patton

I was born in the bluegrass state of Kentucky where I lived with my family of four in a close-knit community of neighbors and friends. When we relocated to Texas for my father’s education I was just entering 1st grade. The loss of my familiar support group affected my self-esteem. I fell behind in school and gradually became introverted. In reflection, however, I now realize that this life changing experience was pivotal in shaping the artist within me. v

Garrett T. Capps

I write songs. I used to spend a lot of time composing and arranging specific parts for my songs, but these days I just keep it simple with a guitar and lyrics. The arrangements can come later at band practice or in the studio. But they won’t come at all if the core elements aren’t quality. Read more>>

Bobby Vowels

I’m a freelance photographer and videographer. I shoot portraits, but I also help small businesses with content creation. Good photos for their website, lots of shots for social media, that sort of thing. It’s a lot of work, but it’s great collaborating with people whose dream is to succeed in owning their own coffee shops or clothing boutiques or eyeglass stores. Read more>>

Nailil Ivaldi

One of the things that I have always enjoyed is fashion; just getting dressed! So I blog about style, that can be worn , and that’s affordable. Why? Because I want to inspire other women/moms who come across my content to dress up without having to break the bank. Read more>>

Dan Grissom

I started working there so I could hone my printing skills a little more and maybe learn a few things by looking at all these illustrators’ work and seeing how they set up their work for printing. I worked there as a printer for a few years while picking up more and more freelance work as well as starting to create and sell art prints. Read more>>

Teresa L Staley

Teresa has many years of experience as a fine artist, faux finisher and muralist. She has been commissioned to paint many works for her clients doing different subject matter such as abstracts, pet portraits, landscapes, murals on canvas and mixed media art. Read more>>

Paige Balog

The actual baking side of my work most likely stems from my Hungarian grandmother. Her farm kitchen in southern Alberta was not flashy, but for decades she created the tastes and smells that last you a lifetime. My next biggest fans, without question, would have been my late grandmothers. Read more>>

Amanda Flores

I continue to bake for fun and for requests in my spare time when I’m not working my full-time job as a Research Technician. Over the past 6 six years, I’ve come to the realization that baking in my special way is my passion. I love to create art for everyone to see and of course eat. Read more>>

Laurel Chauvin

I never thought of my art as “art” until my last year of high school. I had an art teacher that showed so much interest in the projects I would create. She would ask me questions that made me think and led me to put myself into the things I create. Since then, I have worked on improving my skills and developing my style. Read more>>

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