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Thought-Provokers: West 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 West Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Amin Safari

Amin Safari has been fascinated by guitar since he first saw one at age six. However it was not till a few years later that he played his first note on the guitar. After a few years of self taught lessons, Amin entered Folk University in Sweden where he received a degree in classical music. Read more>>

Elissa Rinehart

I never thought I could make money with art, despite all of the guidance given by my high school teachers, so when I went to college I chose liberal arts instead. It wasn’t until my own wedding in 2009 that I realized I had a good foundation for becoming a wedding photographer. Read more>>

Amy Lewandowski

I’ve loved taking photos for as long as I can remember. My parents used to have to hide the family camera, since I would just pick it up and use entire rolls of film up! A friend finally told me a few years ago I should pursue my dreams more seriously. Read more>>

Adrienne Elyse Meyers

Around the beginning of high school, I started getting serious about photography, working some event and portrait jobs, learning Adobe Photoshop, and taking darkroom photography courses. I brought in my interests in ritual and spirituality. Read more>>

DJ Cocroft

I became intrigued by the limitlessness of video editing. I can create whatever I wanted in this world. Even though there are rules to video editing, I could break them anytime I wanted to and just call it “Art.” As people started to gain interest in my work, they started asking me to create projects for them. Read more>>

Craig Carter

What actually made me fall in love with art was the hip hop movie called Beat Street , shows the different elements that deal with hip hop (rap,breakdancing, graffiti and djing). The colors truly inspired me and still does. Read more>>

Jana Earley

I started as a graphic designer, creating marketing materials. I was hired by a Premiere Decorative Painting School and Studio in Houston as a graphic artists. I created marketing materials and eventually became more involved in projects creating designs for walls and ceilings. Read more>>

Christina Kujanpää

Every day I’m grateful for the little moments that make this world a great place to be. And I try to incorporate that into my sessions with you. Little fingers are each a miracle. Every diaper change, every cry, every hug. It’s all a gift. Read more>>

Carlos Pelayo Martinez-Rivera

I found home in the skills I learned in my youth, materializing the intimate relation that exist between problem finding and solving, technique and expression, work and play. This work, just as Richard Sennett notes, “which remains permeated with the play attitude, is art.” Read more>>

Haley Webster

I didn’t set out to start a photography business per se. I was a school teacher and I had just lost both my parents to cancer. I tried to continue to teach for a little longer but knew I needed to do something for myself. I decided to take a year off (ha!) and attended Glassell here in Houston. Read more>>

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