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Thought-Provokers: East 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 East Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kim Cypert Russell

I started my first art studio when I was in elementary school–I made paintings and drawings and recruited my neighbors to go into business with me! I loved to collect composite rocks that were easy to carve, which I would rebury and pretend were ancient artifacts. Read more>>

Gary “Mufasa” Timmins

Photography has become a big part of my life, and it has taught me how to see the world from a different perspective, a beautiful one. As I was hanging out with a few creatives one-day discussing paintings and how art has become a culture for them, I realized that I wasn’t artistic enough to be in their circle. Read more>>

Tim Drake

I grew up with little to no exposure to the arts. I spent my youth focused almost entirely on football and baseball. However, from a very young age, I wanted to be a musician; a singer, in particular. Elvis Presley was my idol. My parents actually took me to his concert at the Houston Astrodome in 1974, four days before my 7th birthday. I sang in the school choir in junior high. At some point, I came to the realization that I was not a very gifted vocalist. I also had to admit that I wasn’t nearly good enough of a baseball player to make a living at it. So, I went to the University of Texas and studied Philosophy. Read more>>

Heather Kitzman Carmichael

I started playing classical piano around 5 years old, and did competitions and such. I loved classical music, and wanted to go to Berkeley or some other music college. Then reality hit, and I realized that a career in music was very unlikely. Read more>>

Beau Bollinger

My Mother always knew I was going to do hair and encouraged me to do so while in high school. I was reluctant and the cultural pressures of being a young guy in south Texas pushed me away from doing so. I wanted to go to college like all the other kids and study Science like my brilliant father. Read more>>

Zeke and Marty Zewick

We both grew up in west Texas & the first time we visited luscious green East Texas, we knew we had found home. We bought some land & built our hand made home all by ourselves. We still have our studio here where we make handcrafted art jewelry & travel to juried art shows in several states. Read more>>

Haley Nelson

Despite that cultivated curiosity in stories, I toyed with pursuing lots of different majors before deciding what to study in college. As a kid I thought at different times I would be a novelist, an artist, a historian, or a scientist. At some point, I realized working in theatre would allow me to study all of these things. Read more>>

Talkin’ Greasy

I was always a loner who never felt like I was living up to my potential. I used to love Radio and wish I could interview interesting people. One day I went to Andrew Schultz comedy show,and after he told me if I wanted to do I would work hard to get it. I started in 2015 ;then meet others that people believe in me. Read more>>

Ryan Michael

I’ve been recording a 21 year old from Plano named Kirk Holloway that caught my attention at the Free Man’s Open Mic in Deep Ellum. He plays real classic country and has his head on straight. I think he’s going to knock em dead and I can’t wait for the world to hear what we’re working on. Read more>>

Trey Seofon

Admonish is a custom leather goods producer in Dallas, Texas. Admonish began In Austin, TX in 2009 when we were looking for the “perfect wallet.” We came up with one that worked for us and soon friends were requesting wallets, purses, and other leather accessories. Read more>>

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