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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.

Nathan Parmer

I sold my first piece of art when I was in the fifth grade for, I think 10 or 20 dollars at a city festival called Art Break in Shreveport, Louisiana. When my teacher asked me to price it, I had no idea what to say. We were poor, so I remember feeling weird asking for five dollars. Read more>>

Joshua Wilson

I run my own remodeling business and I have been working for myself for almost two years. I am hoping that my company will take off in 2019 as well as my modeling, photography and music. Oh yea, I am an aspiring musician too. Keep an eye out for some Youtube videos of cover songs soon. Read more>>

Jacq Garcia

As a fat queen person of color, it hasn’t always been easy to simply exist, especially with a lot of forces seemingly built to oppose your very existence. I am constantly growing as a person and learning new and better ways to navigate this earth. Read more>>

Loren Fizer

My story is not unique, but my outlook is. I believe if I stay the course my story will unfold into something I would have never expected, but ultimately something I saw in a dream back when my mind was in its purest state. Read more>>

Mary Rogers

My work is unique and extremely wearable and features a variety of gemstones. All of the patterning on my metal surfaces is unique, each created individually, layering metals, and creating surfaces with hand-stamping and rolling mill textures. Read more>>

Darius Goff

My first love was basketball, which I played all of my life from a kid to a young adult, but it didn’t pan out the way I envisioned. That’s when I gravitated toward the arts. Specifically, visual arts. My older cousin and I would go to San Antonio, and he would bring his camera along. Read more>>

Cerlin Mirnda

It all started when I was a little girl I loved art drawing, painting, and Makeup. In elementary school, I remember getting a lot of awards in art class, in middle school one of my drawings made into 1st place my drawing was placed in Memorial city Mall along with other students artwork. Read more>>

Prince Varughese Thomas

Because my first degree was in Psychology, I really had no foundational study in Art like most artists who take classes in drawing, photography, video, sculpture, etc. to learn process and design as an undergraduate. I did not have that foundation in my educational background. Read more>>

Kathrine Zeren Gilmer

After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, Kathrine went to work as a womenswear designer for Abercrombie & Fitch. After being there for several years, she decided to take a break from the corporate world to spend some time traveling and volunteering overseas. She first started making ties as a way to raise money for her trip, thinking that it would be a fun alternative to simply asking for financial help. A few years later, after returning to the States and starting to teach, she decided to found her namesake brand, Kathrine Zeren, with the simple idea that smart business choices can help make the world a better place. Read more>>

Greg Latham

Early on in my teen years, I became obsessed with the sound of the electric guitar and its effects on the human soul. I then soon after, began picking up the instrument and trying to mimic the sounds and rhythms that had affected me. The obsession has not stopped and now has turned more towards creation rather than replicating, Now as a member of the band King Country, I try to find sounds and rhythms that excite me and provoke creativity. Read more>>

Alyssa Campbell

I have always had an interest in artistic and creative endeavors. Growing up I loved arts and crafts and went through phases of scrapbooking, cross-stitching, sewing, quilting, friendship bracelet making, latch hooking, bead projects, embroidery, you name it. Read more>>

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