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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.

GG Reid

I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to paint with a small group of artists at the studio of the master artist and professor Alexander Shundi for several years. Later Alex and a group of us began an artists’ cooperative called ‘The Reflectionists’. Read more>>

Jondra Cottrell

Dance is in my DNA. When I was a little girl, I would create dance routines and perform them in the mirror or for anyone who would give me a couple minutes of their time. Over the years, I’ve choreographed routines and performed on various platforms. Read more>>

Charity Leonard

I’m very grateful that I was able to grow up in a creative environment alongside other artists – my own family! My two brothers work in wood and photography, my mom could write an interior design manual, and I followed most directly in my father’s footsteps with painting. Read more>>

Lauren Whiteman

My experiences before, during and after the OU SAE incident provided a crash course in being solid, committed to your principles and community, and also how important it is for underrepresented groups to empower and create narratives that actively represent us. Read more>>

Ivy

Art literally turned into a savior for me; a place where there were no wrong answers and I could be myself 100%. I ran away from home when I was 16 and hopped families and lived in a home briefly to get myself together. I left with what I could carry, one item of which is the paint pallet I still use to this day. Read more>>

Nick Sanders

I started out writing for some pretty badass publications. That was my introduction to the Dallas art scene. I would dance at the Crown and Harp, Beauty bar, or That That every weekend. Only one of those places is open today. Read more>>

Simaia Few

Being creative through music and art really helped me througjh tough times when I was younger. Because makeup became such a passion for me, I literally made my Mom sign an agreement to let me wear makeup outside of our home when I was 13! Read more>>

Connie Chantilis

I started with china mosaics, aka piquette asiette. This allowed me to continue collecting transfer ware and state plates for my projects. I then decided I wanted to make mosaics with the things I truly love… rocks, shells and all things organic! Read more>>

Kenne Johnson

I established The KK Collection in October of 2017 and have been pushing to increate our reach! It has truly been an interesting business venture and a chance to express my artistic abilities. Read more>>

Dani Brown

Growing up with my father who was a oil painter by night and a mother who is one of the most savvy women I know I would have to say problem solving in a creative manner was a trait I was bound to have. Read more>>

Marcy Cook

I have my BFA in painting + graphic design from Baylor University – After graduating, I wasn’t ready to become a full-time artist so I started searching for other creative careers. Read more>>

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