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Thought-Provokers: South Loop

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 South Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Maranda Evans

I consider myself to be a literary artist. As an avid writer, blogger, and published author; the art of words is the way I express my innermost thoughts and feelings. It started when I was just a little girl. Like most girls, I kept a diary filled with the things I did throughout the day, words to my mother I couldn’t say, and emotions I felt like I couldn’t express verbally. Read more>>

Zach Wright

I’ve always thought it to be magical how the earth creates these beautiful specimens and hides them for us to find. I felt like a treasure hunter. The first time I realized that one could collect rocks for a living was around the time of my 18th birthday. I stumbled upon an estate sale of a man who had been a lapidarist and jewelry designer. Read more>>

Lacey Michalek

The second I graduated I came back to Houston and began working as an interior design assistant while studying Interior Design at The Art Institute of Houston. After years of working under very talented designers, I decided to branch out on my own and start Lacey Michalek Interiors. I’ve loved every minute of my job ever since. Read more>>

Ephraim Thomas

I started working on music with a name behind it in 2012, and that was more electronic in nature. The original goal was to be more of a dj and create music that you would hear at Coachella or an edm festival. However in the middle of learning something hit me to put the electronic stuff with the guitar stuff I was already doing. Read more>>

Nickyy Danger

After five years of soul searching, meeting the love of my life and becoming once again driven musically, I set forth and built a studio for Artists of all types and genres. Currently, I own and operate Madd Ox Studios which houses projects and musicians alike into the same cohesive atmosphere, as well as make beats, produce, create merchandise, and DJing, all while maintaining my Artistry. Read more>>

Lakita Costner

The unique perspective of emerging artist Lakita Costner comes powerful, visceral, and rich artistic expression that will awaken an organic appreciation of the arts within the perspective of many. Art is life and your life is art. Art is as consistent and necessary as the air we breathe. She aims to inspire the world to find their inner artist and stand out from the norm. Read more>>

Taylar Meyer

I am on an ultimate pursuit of artistry. Growing up I have always had a love for the creative, the different, and the beautiful. So I knew that I was an artist. I knew that I could beauty where others couldn’t. My path has been a roller coaster due to not being able to decide where I want to place my artistic skill. Read more>>

Leela Roy

I started to develop my own style and taste in Fashion, this led to the startup of my company NarLee Custom Designs. Through NarLee I hope to inspire, encourage and challenge other’s to pursue their dreams no matter what that might be. I believe art is the most sincere form of communication. Through this platform, my goal is to help others achieve their dreams as well. Recently, I started my NarLee High School Model Rep Program, in which I help local aspiring models build a portfolio to kick start their careers. Read more>>

Liz Butts

I began cake decorating in high school and kept up with it as a hobby through college. I graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Finance and got a job in the oil industry working in treasury and cash management. It was shortly after that I completely immersed myself in cake decorating. In a very short time, I took my skills from hobbyist to professional and began serving clients with high-end wedding cakes all over the Houston area. Read more>>


I learned how to play and still do, but I’m just not on that level. Besides my dad and my brother, some of my biggest musical influences are Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Kurt Cobain. As for hip hop, I drew most inspiration from the east coast music. Influences such as Big L and Wu tang clan. As for new east coast artists, I would say Joey Badass and ASAP Rocky had a big role in my music as far as inspiration goes. Read more>>

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