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Thought-Provokers: Sugar Land

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 Sugar Land that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Ivan Morin

I was in between a band break up and recording under a different stage name when I started writing material for Alcoda. I didn’t know what I wanted at the time, but I knew I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I had been playing melodic metal with a group of friends from high school, and we had started growing apart and out of our sound. Read more>>

RBonney Nola

I was making my own dresses for prom and homecoming, showcasing in local Houston fashion shows, and started my first internship with a local Houston designer. When it was time to decide on what I wanted to study in college, I was 100% sure I wanted to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. I dedicated the next six years to continually pushing myself, perfecting my craft and earned a BFA in Fashion Design with a minor in Fibers from UNT. Read more>>

Katie Charlesworth

I took a photography class my sophomore year and had a very encouraging teacher. He told me that I had an eye for photography and talent unlike any other he had seen in a long time. He pushed me to do photography as a career, so for college, I decided to go for photography. It was during high school that I realized I loved portraiture, fashion photography and getting as creative with it as possible. Read more>>

Andrew Vaughan

I enjoyed performing and I enjoyed capturing memories before they were forgotten. This came together when I was 17 when I realized that our family was starting to drift apart as we all grew older. I started making short vlogs to capture what was happening at the time for posterity’s sake, and that gradually grew into a job and a passion for creating narrative work in film two years later! Read more>>

Ozeal Debastos

I remember struggling for many years with my self-confidence and lack of clarity. Now, I’m dedicated to helping other artists get clarity on their vision, and help them build an online platform of passion, purpose, and permission. As a creative business coach, I couldn’t be happier than where my journey has taken me. Read more>>

Crystal “CryStylez” Belcher

As a lifetime athlete and performer, I needed some outlet to help me stay agile and inspired. After a number of exercise regimes, I was asked by a coworker to try a local pole fitness class. I had seen ads before while I resided in DC but never took advantage of it. So, I took it that the universe was giving me a sign to finally invest; I mean it was only $10. After one class, I was immediately hooked! Read more>>

King Cater

I’m self-taught with pretty much everything except one semester in college when one professor decided to teach me why I was doing the things I was doing instead of just watching me. I actually failed art in high school because I was bored learning the color wheel for the eleventh time and only finished pieces. Read more>>

Mary Mulvihill

One day, I came home from school and found my mother decorating a chocolate cake. She tells me I asked her if I could try to make one of the little flowers she was attempting to master and a few minutes later, the result was a perfect little rose. At that moment, she decided I would have art lessons and at the age of eight, signed me up with a local artist. Read more>>

Denise Greenwood Loveless

I can talk about art & the techniques I employ all day long. I love interacting with the public. I mostly enjoy spreading the message behind my art = we are all perfectly imperfect. I volunteer in high schools & other public forums to share this idea. Read more>>

The Blind Owls

After nearly three years spent of constant performances around Texas and festivals around the country ferociously banging out an authentic Rock n’ Roll repertoire with passion and fury each performance, 2015 saw the release of their 8 song debut EP ‘The Blind Owls Say Goodbye, followed by their 14 song debut album ‘All Day and Night’ in 2017. Read more>>

Crystal Allen

My work caught the attention of an agent, Jennifer Rofe, and in 2011, my first middle-grade novel, HOW LAMAR’S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY was released! Since 2011, I’ve published four more middle-grade novels, including a series, THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS. Read more>>

Justyna Wołodkiewicz

It all started with a wooden jumping jack. Never mind that now, the jack is scattered all around my organic garden and the fields where goats are slowly chewing herbs. He fulfilled his mission. He inspired me to take up polymer clay and play with it (creating my own version of the jumping jack). After a few years of adventures in polymer clay, I got a Eureka moment and incorporated embroidery into my works. I love textiles, I’ve always been, so it sort of ‘stayed’ with me up to now. Read more>>

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