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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.

Francie Baltazar Stonestreet

Art has always been in my life. I cannot remember a time when I was not either looking at art or creating it. My mother is the longest sustaining member of the Houston Museum of Fine Art and I spent hours upon hours in the museum, as well as the Glassell School. Read more>>

Christine Gosch

I was always the kid with disposable cameras. Picking up that flimsy paper envelope with 24 exposures was always something I looked forward to. That translated to being the teenager in high school photojournalism class, either always photographing or in the dark room developing those photos. Read more>>

Anastasia Bodagovskaya

I grew up creating art, Went to the High School for Performing and Visual Arts which is where I discovered my love for painting and bodypainting. At 16 I knew I wanted to pursue this creative path for my entire life. Read more>>

Kristina Gray

I spent five years bouncing around college, participating in federal debt and academia that seemingly went no where, until one day, a friend asked me to come hang at a tattoo shop and draw in my sketchbook. Read more>>

Akiko White

As a child I loved creating and drawing, but I didn’t get a formal drawing class until college. We lived in a small west Texas town, where there weren’t many avenues to learn art other than a few painting classes that I took with my mother and grandmother. Read more>>

Juli Steel

I was never really satisfied with toys from the store, I always wanted to modify or make my own and to this day I find myself looking at objects thinking of the options they have to become something amazing. Read more>>

Callie Elizabeth Podsezertsev

I have always been a DIY-er but never really embraced any kind of creativity. I definitely never tried to draw or paint because “I had no talent for that.” I have been on the “science track” for most of my life – currently working on a Marine Biology degree from Texas A&M Galveston – Read more>>

Arely Peña

I moved to Houston in March 2011 but I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. I’ve always had an issue with labeling myself as anything, though I recognize that knowing the background of someone is important and it is needed in order for current society to work. Read more>>

Amber Strickler

Photography happened quite by accident. At a time when I was finishing up my Undergrad at UHCL, where I took my first photography course and when my husband was based out of town for work, taking pictures became a way for me to close that gap during the times he wasn’t able to be home with us. Read more>>

Jesse Soro

The journey hasn’t always been easy since the thought of becoming a full time artist as a career starts to drift away when everyone tries to tell there is no money to be made. It is also tough to tell your parents you want to be an artist and not an engineer, architect, or lawyer when you are the oldest sibling. Read more>>

Shawn Smith

I migrated from using books as sculpture to my current work making objects out of pixels. I guess I have been shaping objects with information for quite a while. A few years after receiving my MFA, my wife and I moved to Austin, TX where we live now. Read more>>

Jodi Hays

My interest in landscape surely comes from the experience of hay bales and lumberyards as much as growing up almost literally in a National Park. Now a Nashville-based painter, I finished my BFA at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and my MFA at Vermont College of Fine Art. Read more>>

Kimberly Silva

I’ve been drawing since I was a little girl. But I didn’t start seriously painting until I was 29. I began painting for self discovery. That has been my goal ever since! In my mid 40s, I went back to grad school, studying fine arts. I’m happy to say that I am able to paint almost every day. I am very grateful for this! Read more>>

Charles Bryant

I am an agoraphobic. I didn’t play my 1st open-mic until the Fall of 2012 at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston. It was a few months past my 50th birthday. I became too physically disabled, with a rare blood-clotting disorder and other ailments, to return to work as an operator in a chemical plant. Read more>>

Kay Sarver

As a young child I was always drawing, usually creating some sort of grand scene with animals and trees. My parents fed this passion by taking me to art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Cincinnati, the city where I grew up. Read more>>

Amanda Rios

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a passion for art. Even when I was younger I would fill up sketchbooks and my school notes would have doodles all over them. I continued pursuing art as a serious hobby as I grew older and I kept challenging myself to try out new styles or techniques. Read more>>

B Shawn Cox

My artwork is an exploration and commentary on the ongoing, ever-changing aesthetic whims generated by our common popular culture juxtaposed with the understanding or a misunderstanding of the past. Although I studied as a traditional painter with a focus on the human figure. Read more>>

Chris Brown

I’ve been a photographer as long as I can remember. Thanks to phones with cameras, I was able to take that vision with me on my travels and moves across the country as I played music. I found myself in Houston at the end of 2009, and by 2012 I purchased my first DSLR. Read more>>

Nathan Berry

I sketched, painted, wrote stories, and even played guitar and piano – and eventually photography and videography. I tried it all! It’s been a fun journey. Flash forward to today, and I’ve continued to grow my craft and give value to others through my work. Read more>>

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