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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.

Chi Chi Randolph

Instructor. Choreographer.  Performer.  Entrepreneur.  The list of Chi Chi’s multiple roles extends as she continues to take monumental risks.  Her journey to success was (and still is) paved with roadblocks, detours, and u-turns.  But she uses a spiritual map to help her go through any obstacles. Read more>>

Leslie Barrientos

I realized that no one was showcasing local artists and musicians. In order to provide an outlet for local artisans and musicians, I started my own production company hosting live events and art walks. Through this I learned the impact of creating your own opportunities. Read more>>

Tahira Christensen

I realized baking was my strong suit and started reading and studying building a business nearly 4 years ago and have just grown from there. I’ve now got my desserts in 2 restaurants in Seabrook where I live and I hope to open a dessert bar in the next few years! For now, I’m building my recipe list, business knowledge and clientele. Read more>>

Natalie Harrison

My middle and high school were both arts magnet schools. These schools were pivotal in shaping my love for art. I received my BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and my MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. I currently live and work in Birmingham, Alabama. Read more>>

Cameron Frederick Sands

My imagination would take me to other places. During my teenage years, I began experimenting on “creative projects” that both occupied my time and fulfilled my need to produce work through a process. In addition, a great interest in cinema and music influenced me during this time. Read more>>

Kentra Gilbert

I have always had a passion for creating art my entire life. I realized early how art was therapeutic. It allowed me to be in control when certain areas in my life were out of my family’s control. It relieved me of emotions I didn’t quite know how to express in words. Read more>>

Hilary Ritz

I was inspired to write by my father, who is a writer, poet, singer, songwriter, and musician. Because of his example, I felt writers were the smartest and coolest people in the world! And I loved books. My family was somewhat isolated, and I spent hours every day reading. Read more>>

Russell Halvorsen

As I built many pieces of furniture, my wife and I wrestled over whether we had a garage or shop. When we moved back to Houston, I began by concentrating on mirrors and then moved to more artistic wall hangings. I am “at home” in my shop, exploring ideas and working with wood to make art. Read more>>

Gladys Poorte

Drawing, painting and crafts were my favorite activities as a child. However, when time for college arrived, art was not a consideration: how can you make a living with art? I got degrees in Education both from Argentina, where I’m from, and from Penn State University in graduate school. Read more>>

Rachel Townsend

Sewing and designing has been in my life since I can remember. From being a ten-year-old who spent their free time playing on their mom’s old Singer sewing machine to graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising, design and fashion has always been my passion. Read more>>

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