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Thought-Provokers: North Loop

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

Catherine Davila

The creativity of my family influences my art. From painting to clothes designing, to leather design and metalwork, I draw inspiration from them all. The influence I hold the highest regard for is that of my great grandfather, a former slave who was a blacksmith. The use of steel is a large percentage of my practice. Read more>>

AVM Hawkins

My art is abstract expressionistic paintings. I paint mostly with acrylic paint, experimenting with oil and oil pastels on canvas or linen. I usually paint with the canvas un-stretched and tacked on a wall where I feel very liberated and free to create. Then I build my own frames in which I stretch the canvas on. My paintings are created 100% with my own hands. Read more>>

Dominique Reynosa

This is also where I found my love for motherhood and family photography. Motherhood and family moments are unforgettable. The interactions between a mother, and her children, or family in general are always different sometimes there’s laughs, sometimes there’s cries but at the end of the day these moments are memories that can be cherished forever. Read more>>

Cristina Casas

A lot of people see art as “easy” and “quick”. They never truly see the countless hours put into learning how to master a craft. Many artists make a living selling their craft, and when people don’t want to pay for the value of what they are receiving it makes it hard on an artist. A lot of us have to turn to full-time jobs because of bills, and other costly things, so adding everything up to our schedule makes it hard to even focus on what we truly want to do, which is art. Read more>>

Jill Hakala

When Hurricane Harvey came through, we got about eight inches of water in throughout the building. Some artists left, but I moved from Studio G to Studio 2. I love being a part of the art community at Hardy and Nance. I’ve definitely grown as an artist; the people here have helped me refine my work and focus. Read more>>

Lesley Resendiz

As I got older.. little things like that molded me into making sure that I kept embracing my creative side. Before moving to Houston, I spent my first year of high school attending Talent Unlimited High School, where I was a drama major. Most of my classmates were all very into either acting, dance, making music, etc.. it was normal to be around entertainment. Read more>>


My story comes with a lot of pain and suffering. Music has always been a positive gateway for me. I feel lifeless without it.I’m the unorthodox artist. I’ve been singing since I was 2, fighting for my dream since I was 14. My story comes with a lot of pain and suffering. Music has always been a positive gateway for me. I feel lifeless without it. Read more>>

PM Neist

I was born and raised in a fishing village on the northern coast of France, in a very industrialized area of the country.I am also self-directed. I learned my craft through a blend of formal education, corporate jobs, and a great deal of practice and experimentation. I always carry a sketchbook with me. Read more>>

Hoyuky Delacruz

I can create them in any theme, designs or character inspiration. When my customers give me the freedom to create a special set for them, I get very excited. I get to make their ideas or themes come to life! When I make custom cookies, I hope my customers feel the appreciation I have for them through my designs. Read more>>

Jelisa Jay Robinson

Most of my characters are Black and Latinx, like the community I grew up in. My protagonist has always been a Black woman who is creative and a bit quirky. I write these stories into existence because I was once told there was no space for my being as a leading lady. So I wrote myself into existence and found out that others related too. Read more>>

Cynthia Ranae

Always loved fashion but I pursued a degree is in Public Administration. When I lived in KCK, my dream was to become the County Administrator and change my home town for the better. Unfortunately, a stalled economy, deteriorating housing market, and a horrible experience with a boss. Read more>>

Zoe Anastasia

I almost became a veterinarian. Part of it is my love for animals and part of it is my deep-rooted curiosity. I don’t just want to know something. I want to think about it. I want to explore it. I think art is a way to explore something, never to fully know it, but to know it better. Read more>>

Lauriston Brewster

Truth be told, I identify more as a “writer” than as a working artist. I majored in English, got a job as a writer, and I started a culture blog to showcase my writing. I designed and built the website myself and eventually taught myself how to use a DSLR to take professional-looking pictures of events and products. Read more>>

Mary Keene

Dressing in vintage is not only a way to have fun, and express your individual style, but also a way to help the environment by recycling used clothing. Our inventory consists of about 20 different vintage collectors who bring new pieces in weekly. You never know what treasure you will find at The Fashion Time Machine. Read more>>

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