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Thought-Provokers: Central Dallas

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

Bryce Bangs

It all started with me when my Dad gave me his old Washburn acoustic guitar in 1996. I taught myself how to play, by locking myself in my room for hours, and have been hooked ever since. I still remember my parents banging on the walls because I was being too loud and playing too late. Finding my voice is a little different story. Read more>>

Betsy Gardner

I’m working a great corporate job that I’m not passionate about. I woke up one morning and just decided – I wanted that creative outlet I’d always looked for, whether it was art classes or interior design. That afternoon I asked to go for a walk with someone in the jewelry business who I admired. Read more>>

Brittany Cobb

Taught myself how to play guitar around 7 years old. Been hooked since day one. I would lock myself in my room for hours and just figure out how to play songs I love. I would always sing by myself, but never in front of anyone. Read more>>

Cara Jackson

I’ve found success as a freelance designer and in working for companies including Whole Foods and The Alamo Drafthouse, I never stopped wondering if I could make it as a full-time fine artist. Finally, after years of wondering, I took the plunge. Read more>>

Aleah Lauren

It’s almost been a year since my apprenticeship has ended, but I will never stop being a student to my craft. I love my job and will forever be grateful for the all the people who have played a role in getting me where I am at today. Read more>>

Brittany Cobb

The show’s huge success proved that vendors and shoppers were craving the unique indoor marketplace. Cobb retired her writer’s cap to focus on the flea and grow the event, which attracts thousands of shoppers and supports the local artistic, small business, culinary, retail and hospitality communities. Read more>>

Molly O’Connor

I’ve always loved taking photos and writing, so this was right up my alley. I didn’t continue with the blog after, but the idea stuck with me. I tried to start a blog again when I studied abroad, but I stopped because I was embarrassed about it and didn’t know what I was doing. Read more>>

Norman Matthew

I began playing music very early. Piano first around six years old. I saw KISS at 4 or 5 with my mom, and I was sold! Heard Guns N’ Roses at age 10, and that pretty much cemented what I wanted to do with my life. Never really looked back. Went to music production school in Phoenix. Read more>>

Kjaisa Gifford

I have two main artistic passions: ceramics and murals. I got into painting walls four years ago when I switched rooms with my sister. I didn’t like my new room, so I decided to paint my walls. I had an idea for a pattern, and when I tried it, it actually worked! Read more>>

Kevin Bowman

It all started in 2008 when I transferred colleges to UNT. There I became the white boy that was always at the parties dancing and having a good time. From there a couple of my buddies and I went down to South Padre for spring break, and that’s where “WhiteBoyBoogie” was born. Read more>>

June Blount-Fiddle

Roberta is a six-time national fiddle champion, professional touring musician and fiddle teacher in Dallas. Joanna studied classical violin from a young age, but after pursuing a career in finance, wanted to learn a new style. In 2012, Joanna started taking fiddle lessons from Roberta. Joanna literally googled “fiddle lessons Dallas,” and found both an amazing teacher and a friend crush. Over the next few years, they became close friends and realized they brought unique skills and capabilities to a potential fiddle duo. Read more>>

Raphael Umscheid

It was during that time that my aunt and gramma would often take care of me. Gramma gave me the spoiling that I needed at the time and my aunt introduced me to the escape of art. She would draw horses all of the time and take me to the Natural Science Museum in Houston where I would wear out the button that made the rattlesnakes tail wag. I became obsessed with the typical kid things: dinosaurs and sharks (I finally got to cage dive with some beautiful sharks in South Africa this summer!). My mom remarried, and we moved to the suburbs where I continued to spend time alone while they worked to make ends meet. Read more>>

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