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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.

Jay Brans

The photos were blurry, and because I just got started with photography, I didn’t know how to edit photos other than on my phone. I did, however, enjoy it. Because of this, I wanted to try again and become better. I posted the photos from my very first shoot in a Facebook group to ask for constructive criticism, and some models actually messaged me to shoot. Read more>>

Jill Faulkner

I had been doing a lot of work on my relationship with myself. Consciously working through things I wanted to change, and a lot of that was shifting internally – shifting how I approached things, how I thought about things, and mainly, how I thought about myself. Read more>>

Arianna Bauersfeld

I realized two things; first, that I didn’t know what to do, and second, that I had no idea who I was without the same structure that had previously suffocated me. I had a job in marketing lined up, which should have made me happy, but I found myself stuck in my head for a good six months. Read more>>

Lowell Mick White

I spent most of my childhood hanging around with adults, not other kids, and I’d sit on the porch in the evening dark, and I’d listen to the adults talking adult stuff—politics, history, neighborhood gossip—and I took a deep interest in what I heard, in the big, fascinating, adult world they were all Dabout. Read more

Ruby Magroovy

I love making art, I always have. I’m very modest, and I can’t take compliments well without feeling weird. Honestly, I’m very harsh on myself, and I’m my own worst critic. But thanks to people and organizations like voyagedallas it gives me the mindset that my art is really good and it’s only going to get better! Thank you so much. Read more>>

Divina Stennfeld

My photography journey has been a whirlwind of an adventure! I have always been intrigued by the art of photography, but never knew that this was going to end up being my career! I went to school for fashion and got a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development. Read more>>

Brina Palencia

I’ve done music all my life. I even majored in music at UNT. But my profession for 16 years has been acting. I got my start in voice acting and eventually signed with the Mary Collins Agency in Dallas 10 years ago. Through them, I’ve done a lot of TV and film and still continue to do voice acting in video games, anime, and commercials. Because of my career, I’ve gotten to travel all over the US and the world for work, conventions, and comic cons. Read more>>

Andrea Carolyn Yakerson

My story starts on the streets of Venice Beach California in the 1970s, at a young age, holding my father’s hand as we pass by different street artists who made the most unique items by hand. Seeing the unique qualities in each piece and how the artist put their whole heart and soul into their creations inspired me and comforted me to be as unique as the life on Venice Beach was. Read more>>

Abby Guempel

My mom is an artist. She painted movie theatre billboards when Adobe had not yet been invented. So, I grew up with my mom’s sketches and colored-pencil paper dolls as my childhood toys. We get the artistic blood from my mom side for sure. My background is actually architecture and minor in graphic design. Read more>>

Maggie Schnücker

I grew up loving to paint, especially water coloring in my journal I carried around. I took art classes and even did a two-week water coloring class in Oxford, England my senior year of high school. I decided to major in Graphic Design thinking it would be the most tangible and wise way of having an art career, not realizing how fast I would tire of sitting in front of a screen to create art. I found myself focusing on the “before”…sketching and jotting down ideas that never made it to Adobe Illustrator. Read more>>

Ann Curtis

Having been drawn into portraiture at an early age, my love of the human form -and it’s under structure- became the impetus for my expanding art. At age 18, I moved from my home outside Rochester, NY., to New Orleans where I drew portraits for tourists on Jackson Square for two years. This led to other gallery and street venues, ultimately bringing me to Texas. I attended college in both Corpus Christi and San Antonio for a total of three years. Read more>>

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