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

Rebecca Chesney

Even as a child I took photos on a regular basis with whatever camera my parents bought me. But it wasn’t until the birth of my daughter that I committed to learning it on a deeper level. Read more>>


My first big gig as an entertainer was being a Michael Jackson impersonator for a drum line called the “Show-Me-Sound” where I not only danced but played a musical instrument and helped with choreography. Read more>>

Matthew Norton

I believe my journey in photography has been greatly influenced by the art forms I practiced years ago. That brings us to right now in 2018. I am a mere year and a half into my photography journey and loving each forward stride. Read more>>

HeatherLynn Portraits

I started shooting at an early age in high school. I was on the yearbook staff. I fell in love with shooting and developing my own art. I started working in a studio for several years and then left for college. Read more>>

Leighton Autrey

I was a Major League Baseball prospect drafted by the Seattle Mariners back in 2004 , now an artist, spurred by a family crisis to a new dream of creating visual art full of hope and deep meaning. Read more>>

Syndnee Monet

As a child growing up in Dallas Texas I have always had music and art around me! Everything from classic funk records from George Clinton and Parliament to classic love songs from The Carpenters. Read more>>

David Grizzle

After playing 200 shows a year, for 10 years in the southern portion of the United States, as Alligator Dave, I was tired of the nightlife lifestyle so I fell back on my visual arts roots and made the transition from full time touring musician to full time studio artist. Read more>>

Andreanna Taylor

I love large canvases with lots of color and lots of texture. I love the ability to turn a smooth surface into something that you could not only appreciate with your eyes but something that you can appreciate with your touch. Read more>>

Travis Maxey

Gusty is a rock band that is reminiscent of the glory days of rock and roll with loud guitars and huge drum fills. Currently we are booking shows and writing a record that will hopefully be available by the end of this year. Read more>>

Lyia and Rafael Calderon

For both of us, our love for photography began in childhood. There was never a time when I didn’t have some sort of camera around (disposable, digital, or film). Rafael remembers quickly becoming the “unofficial” photographer during his family vacations. Read more>>

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