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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.

Shayla Rose

I have been doing art as long as I can remember. Around the age of 13, I started to gravitate towards the art of tattooing as a profession. The laws in Oklahoma, paired with the atmosphere of the tattoo shops I applied to, motivated me to move to Dallas to pursue my career in tattooing. Read more>>

Corey Godfrey

I have always had my hands in art materials, even since I was little and coloring on the walls of my family’s duplex. Since then, I vowed to never leave a wall blank and to have as much color around me as possible. Read more>>

Ms. Macey

I shoot both digital and film; however, I prefer the film route because as someone once told me, “Everything worth something takes time.” After a photoshoot on film, it takes time to wait for development. It takes time to set up each personal frame that has its own limited shot number. Read more>>

Janna Morris

I go everywhere with my camera and rarely will you see me without it. I’m an all-purpose photographer shooting from families, maternity, engagements, and weddings. My love for shooting family portraits will never go away. I have a two-year-old daughter, and I love looking back at our photos together just watching our memories build. Read more>>

Joan Avant

I’m a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter. My style of music is Victorian Gothic Symphonic Rock. What makes my music “symphonic” is the use of classical piano and orchestrations infused in the songs. The vocals also go in and out of “operatic” and “rock” styles. Read more>>

Brigette Kozash and Britt Mitchell

Brigette: I began writing poetry when I was in middle school. I have always, and continue to feel sort of… misunderstood? It sounds pretty angsty, but I’ve learned to cope with that feeling by writing. Sometimes, my poetry seems to be the only way I can come to realizations or feel closure when dealing with mind spaces and personal situations. Read more>>

Molly Kidd

I design and manufacture jewelry. Handmade in Dallas, Texas, all of our jewelry features bits of glamour for casual elegance. Sterling silver, gold-filled, and bronze components are used with real gemstones to create unique jewelry pieces that can be worn from day into the evening for the modern day woman. Read more>>

Sara Lee Hughes

I wondered if he was even alive. I went in search of him and found him. We then shared close to three and a half years together before his death. It is these events that have had a profound effect on my life and the way I navigate and view the world around me. My work is rooted in these events. Read more>>

Elizabeth Decker

I’m an abstract, mostly figurative, painter. I work mainly with acrylic on canvas but I’m not limited, and it’s funny you ask because I’m beginning to go in an entirely new direction: Sculpture! I have no idea what the actual piece is going to look like or how I’m going to make it, but I have a vision of giant heads stuck on the end of long metal poles. Read more>>

Arienne Lepretre

Being a dedicated artist is a calling. It is usually a solitary occupation mainly because an artist is reaching inward to create. So it is important is to involve yourself with the arts community, go to gallery openings, lectures, have group critiques, enter shows. Very important is to market one’s art strategically; I love social media for that. Read more>>

Issac “Sip” Pinnon

Practical in this sense for me is that I am able to create posters for my room that remind and inspire me to perform those habits. Habits like, a poster for bedtime yoga posters, food that my bearded dragon likes. Performing and preparing those things makes me happy, while also making cool posters for myself. Read more>>

Caitlin Brax

My love for vintage fashion began as a child, instilled in me by my mother and now business partner. I worked in Los Angeles as a manager and buyer for a popular boutique before moving back to my home state of Texas and opening our boutique, Alex & Afton Vintedge. Read more>>

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