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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.

Jessica Perez

Because of that creativity and art is something that I’ve always felt deep within me and in everything that I did. That I do! Seeing it as a kid and always being around it definitely changed the way in which I viewed the world. I remember when I was about 12 years old my parents bought our “family digital camera.” It was this weird, silver plastic thing and it took pictures that were like 3 pixels. Read more>>

Jenna Duvall

My mom has been a home economics teacher my whole life, so being crafty has always been something that my sister and I were used to doing in order to stay busy and entertain ourselves. My freshman year of college, I was taking so many credit hours, but wanted to find a way to have some kind of cheap hobby for myself. Read more>>

Anthony Moreno

I realized I did not have any creative hobbies I could call upon to help me pass the time and vowed to learn something during my recovery. I first picked up a 1979 Polaroid SX-70 and a Nikon D3400 digital camera and learned how to play with the settings and take photos of what I could from my bedside. Eventually, I got better and wanted to try it out, so I started to go to art events due to a New Years resolution to try new things. Read more>>

Dawn Winter

The thought of painting never crossed my mind until I visited the galleries located in Santa Fe, NM. So, in 2005, while my mom and I meandered through the Fine Art Galleries along Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM, I increasingly became enthralled and intrigued by the paintings…especially the abstract paintings. And, surprisingly, I found myself wanting to try my hand at painting. Read more>>

Andrea de Leon

To be perfectly honest I was just happy to have a torch in my hand for most of the day. These skills transferred when I was hired to fabricate and machine custom parts for electron microscopes. I didn’t know it at the time, but these are invaluable skills that are harder to come by since everything is now done by CNC machines. Consequently, it opened up some doors down the line. Read more>>

Germain Quintanilla

My understanding of art techniques and concepts flourished during my three years at the University. I met many great artists that helped me develop better techniques for my own personal work. I was taught amazing strategies on how to teach art to children and how art can influence and better our communities. I learned to network with other artist and professors and to ask questions about everything art. Read more>>

Jay Cronin

I’ve always been interested in art and have always drawn and sketched to pass the time as long as I can remember. I remember being young and waiting until my parents went to bed so I could get up and turn on the lights in my bedroom to draw in my sketchbook until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. As a kid, I used to draw dinosaurs, bugs, and monsters. Then in my teens, I would draw skulls, comic book characters and robots and things like that. Read more>>

Krystle Ceasar

Art has been a significant part of my identity since I was a little girl. As a child, I preferred to sit in my room and draw instead of jumping rope or climbing trees. In the second grade, I decided I would “become” an artist when I grew up. During my senior year at La Marque High School, I participated in the Annual Texas City Arts Festival, in which I was awarded first and second place for two still-life drawing pieces. Read more>>

Kathryn Booth

I have always been a creative type of person. From a young age, I was in and out of tattoo shops with my dad, and the artists always inspired me to draw on my own. For a while, I thought I wanted to go into biomedical science, but once I got to college and tried out some different classes, I knew I wanted to chase art. My goal is to be a well-known tattoo artist in the Houston area. Read more>>

Deanna Pastel

I found my calling post graduation from Kent State University, in Cleveland, Ohio. My job straight out of college was working for a startup jeweler named Heather B. Moore, where I learned a lot of my technical skills for my trade and discovered that the thing I enjoyed most was teaching others how to become better within the craft. Read more>>

Marusya Nalimova

Photography has been another big passion. I loved to look at beautiful, glamorous photos in big fashion magazines. Light, colors, concepts on that images inspired me to try photography. Once I got a camera and pressed the button to take my first image, I have never let it go. I experiment a lot with fashion photography. Read more>>

Molly Martin

I tried all sorts of different crafts and, while I enjoyed almost all of them, none of them ever stuck for me. I always wanted to move on to the next thing. So, when my grandmother passed away & I inherited some thimbles and a book titled “Complete Guide to Needlework,” I felt compelled to explore this new art form. And once I finished my first project stitching a tiny squirrel I was hooked. Read more>>

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