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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.

Charlie Harrison

I have been writing songs for as I can remember and playing in bands since I was 13. I love the creative outlet of writing and making music, and I love the joy of playing music with my friends. When I was young, I was a rock and roll kid but around high school, I found out about all the Texas guys who sang stories with Rock and Roll attitude, and I decided I wanted to do that too. Read more>>

Star Lozano

For years people told me that I would be a great tattoo artist if I ever gave it a go. One day while shopping on Amazon I said to myself, “what the hell” and purchased a cheap tattoo machine with the intent of practicing at home. After a year of practicing on friends and family, a tattoo shop owner messaged me about mastering my skill set and working in his shop. Read more>>

Kelli Mckinley

I wanted a consistent career, and for me, that was the safe route. During that time I blossomed and became incredibly actively socially and loved meeting new friends and bouncing around the city. I eventually outgrew the area and although in nursing school I was still obsessed with fashion. After much hesitation, I decided to take a leap of faith and enroll at The Art Institute of Houston of which I am a recent graduate of. Read more>>

Wax Dream

Next thing we knew we had a new name, recorded and released an EP, and we started doing shows around Houston again. It’s all about live music for us, getting to play to a crowd and seeing them drop their inhibitions and just get down even for a minute is honestly one of the best feelings in the world. Read more>>

Bao Pham

The feeling of being destined to do something great, but never knowing what it was till now. It felt like my life was destined to be short and that I was on a race against time. So from that moment forward I’ve been running towards any opportunity to paint around the world leaving my mark in every city I’ve landed in. Read more>>

Radio Broadcast

The two met at a tattoo shop in Ohio in 2005 and instantly connected over the passion for the “alternative” lifestyle. In 2008, the desire to create their own band had grown from their love of music and their ventures to many shows together. They intended to start their own punk band but neither of them knew how to play guitar nor could they find anybody else as dedicated to the craft as they were. Read more>>

Matthew Kelly Debbaudt

Those feelings originated as my fuel to create, a catalyst I’ve worked to overcome. When I wasn’t drawing or painting, I was either outside with friends, playing sports, watching films or playing video games, like most kids. Days or weeks could go by before I picked up a pencil or a pen again, but every time I did it would lift my spirits. Read more>>

Sara Abdulaziz

My dad loved taking pictures and was very into film photography since I was a baby (I still have his old Nikon film camera!). He felt there was no better time than our Middle Eastern adventure to purchase a DSLR and I couldn’t agree more. He quickly learned that it was not a family camera as much as it was mine. Read more>>

Samantha Heligman

I have always liked working with my hands and pottery made sense. I made it my full-time job just under three years ago. I wanted to create a business that was creative but useful. I wanted to make things for people who like me love to cook and create a comfortable home. Thus Settle was born. My goal was to create items that could be used daily and be cherished. Read more>>

Andrés López-Alicea

I learned how to draw with charcoal, watercolor and oil painting. When I was 11 years old, I participated in a school play. My role was very small, but while I was behind the curtain waiting for my entrance, I started feeling something that I had never experienced before. As soon as I started walking on to the stage, I felt that there was a silence and I could only hear my footsteps and it was amazing. Read more>>

Theresa DiMenno

I had always wanted to attend college, but after I graduated high school, I needed a break from academia and chose to stay out for a year. In the following year, I went from a retail job to working for a small, local magazine as an editorial assistant. I’d often have a point and shoot camera at my side, mostly taking photos of sunsets and cloud formations. Read more>>

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