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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.

Jamal Williams

My family has always valued pictures. My father and uncles owned higher end cameras but I was never allowed to use those. Instead we had access to a wide assortment of cheap virtually disposable cameras. The house I grew up in is full of picture albums and drawers full of lose photos. It wasn’t until I was near my 30’s that I started looking to have a more serious interest in photography. Read more>>

Charming Charlton

I choose to capture these moments of people because I don’t have many of my own. There’s also something self rewarding about shooting someone and capturing them in a way that could never imagine. Showing them a beauty they didn’t know existed. Read more>>

Kristal Cherelle

I used to have singing battles with my late mother when I was a child and that is what inspired me to pursue music. I wrote my first song on a keyboard when I was 7. I learned guitar in college. I moved to Houston, TX to be a professional musician and really go for it! Read more>>

Travis X

I was really into anime so that was my main style of artistic groove, regardless of having the support of school programs or positive role models, I continued to push and sharpen my skills. I finally got a hold of a camera 5 years ago and never looked back since then. Read more>>

Merciavoh Honest

Limited mobility, I had friends and family come to me for some practice tattoos. Because I had to discard everything I thought I knew about tattoos and learn all over again. I would watch countless YouTube videos about tattoos and tattooing. I was now working with professional equipment. I started with a $200 tattoo kit. Fast forward, a year later, I’m getting recognition in an Houston publication. Read more>>

Reniel Tillman

I was born and raised in Chicago. I’ve been back in forth from Houston and Chicago since I was 13. I attend Houston Community College. I’m a film student. I was introduced to photography by one of my classmates I did film projects with. I found a love of fashion photography and ever since been trying to keep getting better and better in my craft. I’ve only been doing photography for about four or five months. Read more>>

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