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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.

Haley Powers

I started creating cards for my close friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer almost two years ago. I wanted her to have the cards on days she received chemotherapy – every time she had a treatment, I would mail her ten handmade (mostly flat) cards with uplifting quotes on them to encourage and inspire her during those difficult times. I received so much positive feedback on the cards from others that I decided to start creating more and try my hand at selling them on Etsy. Read more>

Michael Garfield

My art has grown out of this fertile intersection of natural history, philosophy, and spiritual experience. I used to be a scientific illustrator for the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, then started painting science-inspired works live at concerts and festivals, and writing music about the philosophy of mind, and then hosting a podcast (Future Fossils) about our place in the Big Picture. Read more>>

Dean Greene

One thing that has always captured my attention was Landscapes. When I got home, I looked thru my photos and started editing using whatever filters were available thru Social media apps at the time. I started getting a lot of hits after posting. People were asking me what camera I use, how It was shot etc. when I explained I took It with a smartphone while moving in the backseat, no one believed me. Read more>>

Sean Archibong

I was in an entrepreneurial mindset where I was constantly creating different business ideas. One of these ideas sparked my interest in videography, and when I decided to pick up a camera to learn videography, I ended up becoming immersed in the photography world. At the same time I was finding my love for photography, my fiance Carissa Peterson, was also finding hers too. Read more>>

CoCo Zentner

I have possessed artistic curiosity since I was a child. Thankfully, my parents noticed my affection towards art and quickly enrolled me in every art lesson possible in my small hometown in Louisiana. While the affirmation of my family was encouraging, I had an art teacher named Cynthia Day Neely that took notice of my passion and allowed me to join her adult art classes when I was only in the 6th grade. Read more>>

J. Omar Ochoa

Moved to the states with my family when I was about twelve years old, in 2004. We stayed with relatives for a couple of years until we were off on our own feet. I used to draw a lot as a kid but didn’t really take any art classes until junior year in high school. That’s when I found out art was really something I enjoy doing, No matter what type just to be making things. During those years I became interested in photography, design, printmaking, painting and other related types of art. Read more>>

Kimberly Dorris

Weaving has allowed me to create fabrics and turn them into home goods. I started, just like my Grandmother, by giving them as gifts – and it is still what drives my business today. I love that you can see my items are made by hand and that time and effort went into their making. I hope that everyone who buys or receives a kd weave good feels a special connection with the hard work that went into creating it. Read more>>

Thomas Irven

Winamac Indiana is my home town. As a child, I did a lot of “scrapbook” projects – putting pictures of art I liked into notebooks for school projects. I also did a lot of nailing various boards together to make seats and I made a treehouse in a backyard cherry tree. My father would always say “If it is not worth doing right, it is not worth doing.” This has had and still has, both good and bad consequences. Read more>>

Carissa Peterson

I had a lot of doubts in myself and what I could create but Sean was always there to pick me up and push me harder to help me see my potential. We challenge each other to get the best shots and it’s helped us grow a lot. Photography has allowed me to meet some amazing people and be a part of a community that I didn’t even know existed before this. Read more>> 

Jeanette Hill

I have a strong drive for putting in the work for what I want, I take pride in being consistent & positive. To actually have some compassion for everyone. We live in a world where human decency is rare. I was taught strong values & rules from a God-fearing Mother, Margie A Hill with 13 children. If she could manage to raise all of her kids, I wanted to make her proud. Read more>>

Fredy Cano

To tell you the truth, before I did photography, I used to party a lot and experienced different kinds of drugs. I would like to say I was at the lowest point in my life to the point where I ended up in the hospital which turned out to be a blessing and a curse. At that moment in the hospital, I told myself I needed to change so I eventually bought a Sony 5100 camera and since then my life has changed for the better. Read more>>

Angela Zamora

Two years into the program I took a photojournalism course and immediately realized I wanted to pursue photography. My parents weren’t surprised and were fully supportive. My mother actually said it made sense and that I loved taking photos when I was younger (a memory I can’t recall). I transferred to the Art Institute of Austin where I learned the technical side of photography. Read more>>

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