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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.

Laura Lark

I mean, I always thought I’d be an artist when I grew up, but when I got to Houston and wanted to go to art school, I couldn’t get in. I didn’t have the money for it anyway, so I wound up in the English department. Later, on what amounted to a dare, I entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. I gave up writing almost immediately after graduating. Read more>>

Christopher Malice

I love making art in all forms, and I rarely do anything that isn’t in some way connected to my creative process be it traveling, cooking, reading, or even just biking around looking at the shapes, and colors of the natural world around us. I also greatly enjoy teaching others how to grow their artistic skills and learning new skills myself. Read more>>

Brandi Graves

Life has taken me to many far away places, but I always find myself back here. I’ve had my issues with this city- sometimes feeling trapped and stuck here, but also feeling loved by and compassion for this place. My work is a reflection of how I’ve come to love this city that keeps finding its way back to me. Read more>>

Sam Steph

Making our own Christmas ornaments out of cockle-burrs and peacock feathers were encouraged. The stark landscape was a fertile environment for my creativity. I was prompted to study architecture at Texas Tech, after my studies, I spent several years traveling in Asia, mostly Japan and China. Read more>>

Alexandria Green

Alex is a graduate of James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas and she holds a degree in Mass Media Communications from Wiley United Methodist College. Alex also studied videography and photography at the renowned Brooks Institute of Film and Photography in Ventura California. Read more>>

Madd Kyng

Michael Kendrix Temple aka “Madd Kyng” your new favorite artist is a hot emerging creator based currently in Houston, Texas. Madd Kyng has been painting since 2012 and received his degree in 2015 from San Diego State University. Madd Kyng works with a variety of mediums on an array of different canvases from, animal skins, fabrics, reversible canvas, bodies, you name it. Read more>>

John Wentz

I spent a lot of time reading comic books and at some point decided to copy the panels of my favorites. I painstakingly copied nearly every panel of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” Later it was Spider-man, and anything Alan Moore wrote. Many many years later, I decided to enroll in art school after I saw the progress my best friend had made in just six months. Read more>>

Romy Suskin

These interests kept drawing my attention back to the map of human emotions and how we let (or don’t let) who we are shimmer to the surface. The human body is a map of so many things. I see beauty in everyone. People think I only photograph models, but often they are looking at someone just like them that I just see as iconic. Read more>>

Tory Perrard

I feel like a sponge in which I’m trying to soak up all they have to teach me. I have to say, to be able to do what you truly love and even getting paid to do it, has really been an amazing experience and I hope I only grow to be able to do bigger and better things. Read more>>

Hallie Ager and Ingrid Hanna

We feel that every mom should have the resources and the opportunity to reconnect with her body, retrain her core, and regain strength in a way that is safe and effective. After several years of design and development, Back After Baby was born! We are so excited to share this new way of approaching postpartum care with moms. Read more>>

Joani Nunez

I am first a mystic, poet, and healer – my art, my work, and my life always have these at the core. In shamanism everything is alive, everything has a Spirit and a Voice… I seek to connect with this and then bridge it into the physical. Read more>>

Kerry Kilpatrick

Music is my therapy, and it connects each and every one of us. My creative space is organic. PA Smoothe (Producer) and Ametria Dock (Vocal Coach) helps me dig deep and sing from the soul letting it all hang out. My music will be my fingerprint… individualized but relatable. Read more>>

Nick Vafiadis

I write, but I can’t really call it art. There’s a massive gulf between what I do and what real pros can do, the more I write, the larger the gulf seems to be. But that doesn’t bother me at all; I continue to write for the same reason I started, its a nice thing to do, and one of the only things for me that doesn’t feel forced. Read more>>

Stella Manfouo

Reasons why we do not reproduce the same design with the same prints. The reason I chosed ” the Dream World” as a name its because am envisioning a world where everyone, especially us African/African American will be proud to wear our motherland prints on an everyday basis. Read more>>

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