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Thought-Provokers: The Woodlands

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 The Woodlands that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Caitlin Doyle

At Cosmopolitan, I learned how to make my shoots glamorous. While my year in Italy fine-tuned my fundamentals, I took a true fashion photography course. I have grown into a fashion photographer since going to college and will continue it after I graduate. Read more>>

Jafit Orellana

Throughout the drive I witnessed amazing scenery; magnificent green mountains, clear blue sky with white fluffy clouds, sparkling turquoise water and the sun smiling right at me. These sights inspired me to take a picture with the first click of my camera. Read more>>

LaToria Wilson

I’ve been a lover of music and culture. I can remember I first fell in love when I saw Queen Latifah killing it on Yo MTV Raps! I was a little girl then but felt like I connected with my purpose while watching her. Fast forward to college years. Read more>>


The first time I felt the feeling of NEEDING to draw was when I was around 9…I was watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was the scene when Eric woke up and started to focus in on Ariel. I felt like I just had to draw her and I did! Read more>>

Doug Sweet

Not for likes or the popular vote or even recognition. You do it for you, and whether people respond or not, it’s out of your system. It’s you and the art of whatever you’re into. I’m fortunate in that regard, and that’s where I find my success. Read more>>

Ben Stewart

Things like the backstage of musicals, to taking pictures of the cast of a TV show, Young Sheldon to being on the front sidelines at every athletic event. I always try to get out of my comfort zone and shoot things I’m not confident in so I can expand on my skills. Read more>>

Megan Bennett

I am able to be a part of this representation, and I hope that I can inspire young girls to be fearless. I want African American women and children of all ages to know that they are beautiful, their hair is beautiful, their skin is beautiful, and anything is possible if they put their mind to it. Read more>>

Valerie Burkes

Often referencing African American livelihood in a way that is both conversant and relevant the work is intended to draw in the viewer as witness to similarities and associations, providing an experimental chance to challenge one’s perceptions, perspectives, and assumptions. Read more>>

Elton Salazar

They are about every person that has approached me during a show to tell me that they like my songs, that they connected to them in a certain way and just to know that they know the lyrics to my music. Just knowing that I have touched people with my art is what drives me. Read more>>

Jesse David

I’ve spent as much time as I possibly could dedicating myself to learning more and taking advantage to every opportunity I could handle. I was in every musical organization I could be in at school from choirs to orchestras to concert bands to rock bands to musicals. Read more>>

Mamie Raynaud

Being a milliner feels very natural. It’s a culmination of all my fashion design training, my love for textiles, and handwork. Making hats is an old-world skill at its root, and like the fashion industry, constantly evolving and changing with each season. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Deanna Clark

    September 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I love the art throughout our community, George Mitchell left behind a wonderful legacy here in The Woodland.

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