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Thought-Provokers: Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Michelle Bentham

I developed the art skills class that I teach as she and I worked together to bring the unique way I have of seeing the world to others. Though the shop closed in September, my work is still displayed in my home where it inspires me to continue to create and inspires those who visit to see God from a different perspective. Read more>>

Greg Jake Gibbins

I knew at an early age that I wanted to work in the entertainment business but at the age of seven, figuring out how to break in was sort of out of my comprehension. I loved the radio and cartoons, so I figured I would work my way into one of those professions at some point. Of course, that would be after my MLB career and I had set every record known to man in that sport. Read more>>

Casey Janowski

My work started out as little bits of jewelry, just for myself, and cards, and really centered around some silly fashion for myself. The winter was long and I had a TON of inventory so for giggles, I signed up for a festival to sell my jewelry, got in and it was a blast! Read more>>

Charlie J Memphis

Charlie J. Memphis started playing guitar at age 11 and honed his craft on stage with gigs at legendary venues like Lincoln Hall, Double Door, and Subterranean. A Texan by way of Illinois, Memphis plays “swamp rock”–a can’t-miss mix of rockabilly and soulful blues that calls to mind the likes of Jack White, The Black Keys and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Read more>>

Amanda Jackson

Compared to most professional dancers, I actually started dancing much later in life. Nearly every woman in my family was a cheerleader, so I tried it out as a pre-teen and loved the movement but hated vocalizing. I then joined my high school drill team and became absolutely infatuated with dance. Read more>>

Lauren Franco

I started photography in high school when my dad forced me to take it as an elective. I was bitter at first because I wanted to focus on hard science topics and assist the trainers for our athletics teams. Our first photography assignment was to submit our top ten photos. Read more>>

Jamie Bryant

True forgiveness came when I took pen and paper & wrote ‘Fish Guts & Other Bedtime Stories.’ It was a book of short stories about my life growing up in Virginia. I realized there were fun, adventurous, happy times and I had just chosen to block them out. Read more>>

Linda Wandt

I’ve been drawing, sculpting and painting with watercolors and acrylics since I was a kid, but my original career path was going to be emergency medicine, so I was already studying anatomy in high school. I grew up on Long Island, and my mother was very creative and really encouraged my desire to make things, she always made sure I had pencils and paints. I moved to Texas when I was 18 and had recently decided that I was too sensitive to be a good fit in emergency medicine, after all the work I had put into it, and I was struggling with chronic depression at the time and didn’t really know what to do with myself. Read more>>

Kathryn Konarska

My love for sewing started at a very young age. At ten years old I would take a needle and thread and sew together tiny skirts for my dolls. My love for sewing grew over time and 15 years later I still sew like my 10 year old self, heart singing and music playing; only difference is my stitches are little straighter! Read more>>

Nathanael Gassett

I’ve changed careers a lot over the years, from full time photographer to foreign language teacher to international trade specialist, to now being a chef, but 11 years later I still love photography. I don’t think I’ll ever stop shooting. Read more>>

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