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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.

Ceci Castellanos

After high school, I knew I wanted to live in a big city where I can grow and be challenged. I moved to Houston in 2013 independently, not knowing anyone and terrified. But I knew I had to push myself out of my comfort zone if I wanted to be someone. I attended the University of Houston to study Graphic Communications, which I knew very little about but fell deep into it. Read more>>

Thomas Avinger

The greats weren’t great because they could paint at birth, they were great because they painted a lot. You learn through failures; you learn what worked and what not to do again. There is definitely something to the ‘how many times can you get back up” quote when it comes to finding your voice in your work or following your bliss. Read more>>

LiL Crevm

I started making music because of my uncle. I heard a handful of his music, and I was amazed by it! The way he scripted his lyrics and how he layed them down. So I wanted to make music as well. He taught me a lot about music, and to me, he’s a genius! After a couple of years of writing my own music, me and my cousin “MelloMike” came together and started a group labeled “FamilyTreez”!! Read more>>

Ryne Williams

I’m a people’s person, so naturally, the idea of merging my passions for fashion and photography, while integrating these style videos of my fellow Houstonian’s would come easy. It surely has come easy, seeing my fellow Houstonians fully engaged in the fashion project I have created called Styles Of Houston. Read more>>

Koty Valenzuela

I believe that every second a person has for living is to be spent with no regrets, fun, and positivity. My name is Koty Valenzuela, I come from a poor family and never had all the riches of parks and recreations, or the wonders of Disney, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying my life. Read more>>

Sonali Puri

The common denominator in all of these? Culture. I am infatuated with the beauty of different cultures and their adaptations to society today, and I love painting that. I love bringing other cultures to life through my artwork. Although I am only 17 and my story is common, I am hoping I can change that as the future goes on. Read more>>

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>>

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