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

Skye Leung

I think my friend’s response to my question is pretty much how I’d define myself. I’ve never really been one to follow social norms or to do what everyone else is doing. From the first time I ever picked up a pencil to draw or booted up Photoshop to try my hand at graphic design, I knew I didn’t want to create what everyone else was creating. Read more>>

Abby Shadle

I never thought much of it, until people started calling out this gift in me that I didn’t recognize as something I would be able to pursue. The last three years I have grown tremendously in every area that comes with photography. I have fallen in love with this aspect of timelessness and these photos I take being something that will carry on for generations to show. Read more>>

Ashlea Sovetts

Despite the roadblock, I insisted that my mother put me back into dance classes, by that time I was older…more mature. I continued to take dance classes at a local dance studio, Elite Dance Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I participated in recreational classes and dance competitions. Read more>>

Christa Egusquiza

I remember the very first photo I created was when I was about 13 years old and it was a representation of the effects kids go through when they are bullied. When I posted this photo to bring awareness, it got a lot of unexpected positive and understanding feedback. Read more>>

Pepe Valdez

I picked up the piano and the guitar following my dad’s steps and learned very casually, listening to songs that I liked and the ones my dad knew how to play. My passion for music grew bigger and bigger until I decided to drop college to pursue a career in music. Read more>>

Kaley Jensen

I went on to pursue my Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona, which was a pivotal point in my career. It was there that I deepened my passion for performing, educating, and choreographing. After my first year, I was in a serious automobile accident where I broke my back. Read more>>

Byron Crenshaw

I never really felt a moment where I wasn’t inspired or improving. I remember my dad telling me wild stories about his old funk band “G-Factor.” I remember making little music jingles and beats hour after hour on my mom’s dusty PC using whatever free music software I could find. I remember people at the town’s Jazz Hall taking me in and showing me the ropes of being a Jazz musician. Read more>>

Claire Rathbun

I love to use foraged items when designing and arranging a piece. There are so many cool things growing around our city. Sometimes I can cut interesting botanicals while just walking down my alley. I hope people who see or receive my arrangements feel the same joy I feel while creating them. Read more>>

Naya Kim and Susan Hwang

The entrepreneurial vision officially began in the spring of 2017 after she became pregnant with her first child. If her daughter was going to have a first birthday, Naya wanted to do something special that would look beautiful in pictures even when the baby became of age to look back at them. Read more>>

Mariah Powell

Modeling was something I’ve always thought and talked about but never thought I could actually pursue until about a year ago. It started as another creative outlet and a way to build self-confidence that flourished into something I truly love doing. In the beginning, I reached out to a local photographer to do a shoot, and from there began networking and immersing myself in this community full of wonderful creatives. Read more>>

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