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Thought-Provokers: Outside 610

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 Outside 610 that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jamie Johnson

The more I photographed people, the more I wanted to shoot. Eventually friends asked me to photograph their children and families. We had a chocolate lab that was one of the most gorgeous creatures on earth and she made for a sweet subject to put in front of my camera. Read more>>

Alfredo Ramos

I’ve always admired artists of all kinds. I remember when I was younger I wanted to find what creative talent I had, if any. Growing up I had a very big imagination so naturally I tried to use it in an artistic way. Read more>>

Karen Butts

From the time I could hold a crayon, I wanted to be an artist. I was given the materials to be creative as a child, but as I got older, my dad directed me in a different direction since he felt I would have trouble making a living as an artist. Read more>>

Ronnie West

I start drawing when i was around 7 years old. Then my 6th drawing teacher inspired me to be an artist. I didn’t start taking it seriously until high school and only started to get really good when I started college. Read more>>

Ginny Eckley

I love that art is so accessible now. It isn’t just for making beautiful things. It opens your mind to knowing there is always more than one way to do anything. You truly see differently. My other love is being out in nature. It’s a great balance, to create, and be in the woods. Read more>>

Sarah Castillo

My cocktail journey and joy for a celebration started as far back as I can remember. Which can be attributed to my up bring. As early as I can remember I was meeting my dad at our home bar each morning before we set out to start our day. Read more>>

joe gayle

At around 8 years of age, on a family vacation my uncle let me use one of his old Minolta SLR’s. He showed me how to focus the lens and use the cameras meter. This lead to a life long fascination with capturing moments of light and time and putting them in little rectangles. Read more>>

Alexander Lesser

The tragedy of my story is that it isn’t very unique in the grand scheme of things. I come from a small town in the smallest state in Mexico. Like many others, my parents decided to come to the US in search of a better life. We found it. Read more>>

Eric W. Pohl

It got into photography as a teenager. My family would take trips to state parks, historic sites, and stop to wander through small towns along the way. My trusty dime-store point-and-shoot was never far from reach as I documented our adventures. Read more>>

Stacy Kuropata

Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be an artist. I was constantly creating with whatever I could get my hands on. My parents enrolled me in art classes at a young age and by the time I reached college I was determined to receive my painting degree. Read more>>

Trisha LaCoste

I got my first 35mm camera as a senior I high school. I loved taking photos but I never invested a lot of time in it until I had my first son. I bought my first digital camera (a Sony with a whopping 3.2 megapixels) and started to really immerse myself in photography. Read more>>

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