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Thought-Provokers: Arlington

Dallas 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 Arlington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Aimée M. Everett

Breaking silences to me means to address all feelings, healthy, and unhealthy habits we have. These habits may have been passed down through family, society, or have been adopted as coping mechanisms. My work also addresses issues of racism. Racism is also an issue that needs to be addressed and can be passed or adopted as a person gets older. Read more>>

Kasey Palmer

In 2013, I became a flight attendant and stopped when I started my own family. In 2014, we realized I had post-partum depression, but we were unaware of what would emerge next. To keep myself above water and continue being present for my family who I loved beyond the moon- I constructed my first door. Read more>>

Max McDermott

For the past couple of years, I’ve been painting from old b-movies. There’s something really compelling to me about a wooden delivery of a bad line, and the way those old movies, you can kind of see how they did everything, like you can see that Godzilla is a guy in a suit and that plays into the way that you perceive that character. Read more>>

Bob MacNeil

Around 1991-1992 I began my professional career in the print and package design industries where I worked as a production artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. Most notably, my design and illustration work for Popsicle, a product of Good Humor/ Breyers, can still be found on shelves nearly 15 years after their initial creation. Read more>>

Arielle Austin

A lot of the time, my paintings are like a visual diary or prayer journal entries. Fast forward to four months later, and the work that was simply created as an outlet was now being hung in my first solo show in 2014. It was then that I began calling myself an artist. Read more>>

Cee Anastasia

My love of photography and adventure started as a child. Some of my fondest memories are of my father and how he always had his Minolta 35mm film camera or RCA VHS camcorder in his hand during our adventures. Read more>>

Ekemma Mba

After graduating, I stuck with stage acting in college at first but wasn’t able to continue. I then got an opportunity to start a podcast called Speak Up, which was a conversational piece with a variety of topics from net neutrality to hypermasculinity the black community. Read more>>

Janet Alonso

Working as a marketing manager, I wanted to do more than just the basics. I’m a little extra, I tend to do the most, haha. In my opinion, photography and marketing go hand in hand, which is why I’ve focused on the branding aspect of growing as not only a photographer but as a DFW resident. Read more>>

Jameel Bagby

Photography is my outlet these days. I’ve done weddings, birthday parties, family photos and other types of lifestyle photography. I aim to make people think, “what was going on when that picture was taken?” just as I did when I was rambling through my Granny’s scrapbooks. Read more>>

Dana Stimson

I post fashion outfits on my blog Stimson_style. I do this because even though mainstream media has come a very long way in terms of inclusivity, we still have a very long way to go. I think it’s important for women to see great style of women of all shapes and sizes. Fashion isn’t reserved for the size 2 model anymore. Read more>>

Anthony Pham

My inspirations come from the movies that I watched and the music that I listened to Saturday morning cartoons and cereal and skateboarding with friends. I supposed I started creating out of boredom and now I do for the just sheer joy of being able to create something from the pain that is a result of having 3 or 4 seizures every morning, so it’s pretty therapeutic in that sense. Read more>>

Donna Hays

I was exposed to some breathtaking scenery and diverse areas to paint. Creating art in various forms throughout my life, yet not until recently have they found their way to be expressed onto canvas. Moving a few times in the recent past has given me more diverse subjects and beauty…and when I experience such beauty, I feel driven to capture it with paint. Read more>>

D.R. Jones

I love color! I try to put all the color and emotion I can on canvas. I start each work by applying a base layer of paint. Sometimes I use a base of blank gesso, but more often I throw fluid acrylics onto wet canvas and smear it around with a masonry trowel. Read more>>

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