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Thought-Provokers: Garland

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

Jenny-Rebekah Miller

In my twenties my (now) husband asked me if I could do anything in the world, be anything, what would I do? No one had ever asked me that before. I thought about it and told him I wanted to be a photographer. Read more>>

Jake Odin

I started my first band senior year of high school. We played the end of year talent show and got a feature in the school video yearbook. From there my years were filled with jumping from one band to another as a guitarist and performing in Deep Ellum. Read more>>

Tyesha Simmons

I left the restaurant industry to become a chef and culinary trainer for a school district. Since I had a little more free time, I was able to officially start my home based bakery, From Goodie’s Kitchen, LLC., which is inspired by my mom’s nickname. Read more>>

Meredith Joyce

I’ve always loved art, but I was never particularly gifted with, what I grew up considering, typical artistic endeavors such as drawing or painting. I studied engineering in college to put my creativity toward problem solving in a very ‘concrete’ way. Read more>>

Ashley Portals

A couple of years ago, I was going through a divorce and I needed a way to express all that I was as feeling (some of which was too complicated for me to explain verbally) and I started painting. It was just for a release at first, a way to be alone and process everything. Read more>>

Derek Owens and Chance Ray

We didn’t have a clue where life was going or if we’d ever live to see tomorrow some days. We both got into lifting weights to fill our time and stay out of trouble. All of that snowballed into us competing in powerlifting and strongman. Read more>>

Katy Lee Girres

I began to love art and creating at a very early age, and was constantly drawing and asking for more supplies as a young child. Growing up, my parents had been involved in the entertainment industry and planning events for companies around DFW. Read more>>

Austin Lewis

How my story began in photography was after my baseball injury in school, it was hard for me to regroup from that, matter a fact it was really hard mentally, it was something I was going to take though out my college years but it was stripped away. Read more>>

Rob Holbert

Music has always been a major part my life. Even as a small child, I listened to my Mom sing and play piano. My older sister played piano and sang as well. And my brother dabbled in music briefly. My Dad and Mom both sang in the church choirs. Read more>>

Kristy Sauceda

I work directly with artisans of different parts of Mexico that embroider blouses, dresses, and more. Through my business, I’ve been able to meet many kinds of people and see how much everyone is proud to be Mexican and even see people from other cultures admire mine. Read more>>

Leslie Kell

I began to feel that I owed it to myself to see what this vibrant new medium had to offer. And now, I feel owe it to my collectors and supporters to see what I have to offer to the movement. Of course, this means eating the words of my 20-year-old self: “I will never create art on a computer”. But I can live with that. Read more>>

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