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Thought-Provokers: Richmond

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 in and around Richmond that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Chancla Fight Club

The songs come from Dawson’s heart and are brought to life in a new light thanks to Zorich, Mizell, and Willhelm, who truly capture the broody aspects of the music. Together they truly pack a wild punch and are worth the trip to see live. Read more>>

Jaye Valentine

I had great opportunities and experienced a lot. I got to share the stage with music legends like Mystikal, Silk and the Temptations. I ended up going solo a few years ago and haven’t looked back! I was also trained on classical piano for ten years. I have been influenced by so many different genres and have an eclectic appreciation for music in general. Read more>>

Akins Baptiste

My photography is one that is guided by emotion, one that takes inspiration from the environment. I take pictures firstly because it is something that I enjoy and feels almost therapeutic, but also to evoke the same feelings that I have when I take a picture within my viewers. Read more>>

Emily Jean Cheney

Most of what I find are animal bones, and my favorite so far is a mummified catfish that I’m currently working with. So, my hope is that people find a weird beauty in these things like I do, or at least create some spark of curiosity. Read more>>

DeAndrea Carroll

I did not expect to become a photographer when I was younger. I wanted to become a fashion designer instead. I wanted to work in the fashion industry because I love fashion. But I took a picture of my elementary school’s playground like in 2009 with my camera phone. I started off taking pictures of landscapes and nature around 2012-13, but I started taking photography seriously in April of 2014. Read more>>

Valerie Owings

My passions are not only to create beautiful and functional spaces but to also inspire my clients to think about how they live in their home and make it a sanctuary for them where they can actually live–kids, pets and all. Where home is personalized and means something. Read more>>

Marc The Protégé

Well, I’ve been writing lyrics since I was about 12 years old but never knew anything about song structure. Growing up in the small towns of Rosenberg and Richmond, Texas, we never really had guidance in the music field. Things began to change when I was introduced to my partner in crime DJ Grim at a mutual friends party. Read more>>

Anghelov Medina

I love to create portraits that are stylistic and edgy. I start by having a concept and mood that I want to create. I scout locations and then use a combination of natural light and strobes to create the effect. I hope to convey through my photos the personality and character of my subject in a unique perspective. Read more>>

Susan B. Hecht

I began my career in Advertising and graphic design, but later picked up a paint brush and never put it down. For me, art is a means of discovery. Sometimes I’ll take the same subject, but approach it in different ways every time. I think people are forever students, and I love learning new outlets and techniques to express myself. Read more>>

Benjamin Sack

Under the Californian sun I picked up a crayon at a tender age, like many when a toddler, and have continued to scribble, scratch and sketch across the globe ever since. In Kindergarten, with the endless Pacific horizon always in view, for hours I would lose myself in drawing, my pages crawling with block-like people and animals; from a budding age it seems I had a disposition for rendering the world in geometric forms. From this intuitive, archaic geometry I contrived a kind of proto-perspective, not entirely unrelated to that on the caves or in many a’ Pharaohs’ tomb. Read more>>

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