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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.

Jide Kola

Started my career as a software developer working for a multinational corporation in design and implementation of banking solutions, but I got tired of chasing other people’s dreams and decided to chase mine. Has it been a stroll in the park… No! But it’s been an amazing story of stumbling blocks and huge victories. Read more>>

Richard Casteel

have learned how to use more of my creative mind to express myself through photography. I have also learned how to use more of my creative mind to manifest a reality where I am a full-time artist and photographer. My hope is that my work can inspire others to see what they perceive as “reality” from a different viewpoint. Read more>>

Charlotte Rosales-Noordzij

I had a passion for music, and in my teens, I sang in church bands. I even studied in Australia at a bible and music school for a few years – which is where I met my husband. Fast forward to early 2016. I am in my final year of a Bachelor’s in Music back in The Netherlands, with the focus on contemporary music. Read more>>

Matthew Reid

I am the founder of Matthew Reid Photography, a photography and video production business specializing in weddings, lifestyle, and small businesses. I currently live in Austin, Tx with my wife. Aside from photography and videography, I am heavily involved with church and the local community. Read more>>

Christopher St. Leger

I’m part of a unique time in our cultural history where art making is rampant. And my beginnings are probably similar to those of many who encounter fine art and wish only to make it themselves. This happened to me in my early twenties, seeing paintings in a particular gallery, and wanting nothing else than to do just that. Read more>>

Katie Carter

Each one is different, just like the view of the moon to each and every single different person. No matter where you are in the world, you can look up to the moon, and know that your loved ones are seeing the same moon, just a different view. Unique. Beautiful. Comforting. Just like each Luna Lollipop. Read more>>

Max Voss-Nester

Having traveled across the US, I’ve come to appreciate the unique beauty of my home town, and have had a huge amount of fun getting to know it more deeply through my paintings. I have to do a lot of research and photographic work on each location I decide to paint, and I’m getting reacquainted with the city I thought I knew, one place at a time. Read more>>

Adeline Rock

I started in media when I was 15, working under a photographer for PBS & fashion publications. After that, I tried several different mediums, such as video and print, but my heart always grew more towards photo. After my 10th internship, I started my own photography business and have had the amazing opportunity to work with the best couples. Read more>>

Emily Galusha

A recent experience that has propelled my career, as well as motivation, was a printmaking residency in Tern, Italy, at La Romita School of art studying under Kathy Brimberry of Flatbed Press and Suzi Davidoff, master printer located in the Chihuahuan Desert. Learning, absorbing, shifting through both strength and humility has allowed me to grow creatively. Read more>>

Annie Anzaldua

I majored in fashion design (with an emphasis on sustainable fashion), and I really loved it. My senior year Abercrombie and Fitch recruited me to design for them before I had even graduated and as a broke college student living off of rice and beans I was so excited by all the zeros on my sign-on bonus that I neglected to think about what kind of a company they were. Read more>>

Clarissa Martinez

My journey began a little over a year ago when I first moved to Austin to finish my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas. I found myself in toxic relationships that were beginning to take a toll on my mental health and how I viewed myself. While getting out of those was very freeing, I also found myself very alone in a brand new city. Read more>>

Mat Nelson

I primarily stick with design — print, trade show/exhibits, brand development, advertising/campaigns, packaging, web/interactive/digital media, and photography. I like to take my clients’ message and communicate it through visual communications. I enjoy telling stories — whether it’s a brand or it’s through my photography. Read more>>

Elianna Panakis

I’ve been passionate about art since I was old enough to hold a crayon in my tiny, toddler hands. I continued to pursue art throughout grade school, always exploring new mediums and starting hundreds of unfinished projects. Read more >> 

Amanda Reid

I am the founder and creator of Amanda Reid Designs (ARD), and I have been painting and creating for over ten years. I currently live in Austin, Tx with my husband. Aside from lettering and painting, I work as a Physical Therapist, enjoy cooking, and making time for things that matter most. Read more>>

Alyssa Nkani

When it comes to photography, I have always had a passion for it. The first time I really remember enjoying picture taking was when I was about 11 and went on a family trip to NYC. I took over 2000 pictures with this small basic little camera, but I loved every minute of it. Since then, I have always been that person that would capture any and everything.  Read more>>

Yateria Pate

I enjoy captivating these sacred moments and bring them to life through my work. The message that I hope my viewers take from my work is that whatever you’re vision may be it’s possible to achieve… rather it’s the vision that can be shown through the eye of a lens or a personal goal, it’s possible to achieve. You can do it. Read more>>

Morgan Wenzel

My career as an interior decorator came when we bought our first home. We purchased a 1900 square foot, one-story house built in 2005 – my blank canvas – and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I began to document almost every renovation and decorate every corner of the house for every season and occasion. Read more>>

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