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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.

Lisa Tenney

I discovered art when I was a new mom, where so much was demanded of me and there was much more solitude built into my days, helping me discover this whole new world of visual art. As our family grew, I let my curiosity be my guide. Read more>>

Mariela Funes (Beat Gang), Kelanie Watty (Beat Gang)

Beat Gang began by creating novelty tees and swimsuits; later expanding into other merchandise items. Beat Gang has thoroughly enjoyed creating custom apparel (create your own) for special occasions such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, family events, and business accounts. Read more>>

Sara Eliza Ramirez

I have always been obsessed with the concept of capturing a moment; whether that be through photos or videos. I remember getting my first phone when camera phones were a new thing and I took pictures of anything and everything. Read more>>

Cozy B

I’ve always drawn my whole life, as cliché as that sounds it’s true. My cousin was the main inspiration of me wanting to draw. Since I was little, I used to go to his house after school every day cause my aunt was the attendance lady at my elementary school. Read more>>

Aliona Price

My painting journey has started far in my childhood, I was 7 years old when my mother took me to my first painting class in a local Art School. I was so fascinated with painting process, That it became a part of my life forever. Read more>>

Verda Carr

After a few short years of blogging & hosting internet radio shows, former indie label VP and philanthropist; Verda Carr is now Co-owner of 2 of the hottest on the web. The Core94 and Core713 are Houston based online radio stations that are dedicated to playing local, regional, and international hip-hop and R&B – 24 hours a day. Read more>>

Brooke Flanagan

Photography has pushed me out of my comfort zone, taught me a lot about myself, introduced me to Houston, the people here, and the amazing, diverse cultures in a way that nothing else could. Although I wish I would’ve found my love for photography earlier in life. Read more>>

Thaddaeus Arvie

One day, a friend invited me to a local Artshow called FAME. After seeing those artists in action, it motivated me to take my art more seriously. So I signed up for the very next FAME show and have been progressing ever since. Read more>>

Angelica Sam

Little did I know that photography would take me away from my full time job with state and launch me where I am today as full time photographer, capturing God’s greatest blessings in my beautiful studio! Read more>>

Peter Maldonado

My story is a story of redemption. I struggled with drugs and alcohol for approximately 5 years, and now I have been free from all mind altering substances for over ten years. Read more>>

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