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Thought-Provokers: Neartown

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

Hershey Juneja

I first discovered my interest in photography at a young age, when my parents enrolled me in a summer photography class. I pursued it as a hobby thereafter. If you knew me in high school and college, you wouldn’t see me without a camera, even if it was a disposable, wind-up camera! Read more>>

Holly Hunter Berry

I started my journey as an artist with my first box of crayons and never looked back! My introduction to painting came when I was 10yrs old in a class with an incredible oil painter. I spent hours painting and drawing as a child and my art supplies were my treasures! Read more>>

Jeanne Jones

Instruction at Glassell was key to developing the skills I possess today as they helped me build a strong foundation of art fundamentals while encouraging me to develop my unique style and perspective. Read more>>

Jason Eatherly

Now I see it tattooed on people, I see my stickers being put up around the world, and people sharing their stories on how the image affected their lives in positive ways. It’s still a surreal feeling. Read more>>

Emily Fens

I have been immersed in art since I can remember. My earliest childhood toys, books, and travels taught me about art and its history. These early experiences inspired me to make art and gave me deep appreciation for the greats of earlier eras. Read more>>

Maura Ferrero-Baroni

Despite having a background in finance and accounting, I’ve always been drawn to art. However, my true passion for ceramics started in 2001 when I first took an evening class at the Stamford Nature Center with Trevor Youngberg. Read more>>

Emily Hynds

I studied directing and dramaturgy and worked with a student-run organization called Unheard Voices. UV focused on producing work that wouldn’t get a chance on the mainstage, that is to say the work of minorities and the students themselves. Read more>>

Violeta Hernandez and Jasmin Romero

We have carried the do it yourself attitude with us where ever we go and continue to love creating beautiful items. Our clothing designs remind us of where we came from and allow younger generations to enjoy a little bit of the past. Read more>>

Carly Weaver

I’ve been painting for over twenty years. I painted in my bedroom for years in Boston. I upgraded to a basement hatch door studio where I was trapped in frequently by some object wheeled over the door. I also had a studio in a foam factory. Read more>>

Matthew Hemraj

It was around the time when I was in fourth grade that I met Steven. He wasn’t in any of my classes except my art class. Steven really liked playing Sonic games, as well as drawing the characters in them. Read more>>

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