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

Jacob Gries

I felt joy seeing the faces of others turn on like a light bulb. Watching them create art with and listen to their bodies was like watching someone discover a sunset or witness a flower bloom right before your eyes. I believe this was one of many inklings of a calling. Read more>>

Donna Khounvivongsy

I create practically anything that can be personalized by using my iPad, chalk marker, or paint pen. My inspiration for creating my art comes from the enjoyment of the actual creation process, and I hope that people can become inspired in their own work when they see mine. Read more>>

Kelly Byers

After a very arduous road in my twenties of wrestling & rediscovering what my own personal faith meant I found my way back to God. I’ve now come to embrace a God who created me to love & lead others. Read more>>

Francine Funke

My mother, who could tackle any project, and my playmates in Brooklyn, who were a wildly creative bunch, stoked my artistic flame at an early age. I have always been an artist. I cannot remember ever being anything but. 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>>

Alex Barba

Authenticity is important to me. I always thought to myself that it doesn’t matter if you wear a suit or a t-shirt and jeans. If you don’t know what you’re talking about or you’re not good at what you do then who cares if you wear a suit? Read more>>

Emilie Skinner

I started ballet lessons at age 6 and instantly developed an intense love for the art form. Though like most relationships, over time it became more of a love/hate dynamic. I dealt with the physical and emotional strains that come with spending hours each day in the studio, trying to reach perfection. Read more>>

Ofelia Faz-Garza

Culturally we grew up Mexican because even though our parents came to the US for work they didn’t want us to forget who we were at our core. We spoke only Spanish at home and then English at school. Straddling bridges began early for me and is the still one of the most basic tenets of my work today. Read more>>

Edna Herrera

I first got interested in tattooing when I was traveling in Mexico, I got a tattoo done on my ankle and the artist who did it talked to me about the subject. At the time it just stayed in my head as an idea, I had a lot going on already. Read more>>

Roma Osowo

Only a year and a half ago, at the urging of my husband, I picked up some paint brushes, and ended what was a twelve year hiatus from painting. I very soon realized that Art was tied to my purpose, which has been an incredible answer to prayer. Read more>>

ANDREA TOSTEN

I remember looking into a mirror. I needed it to work on my self-portrait. My fifth grade art teacher wanted us to make representations of our faces using collage. I looked through magazines to find eyes, a nose, and lips for my face. I fell for making art then and there. Read more>>

Angela Faz

I begin to hone my skills toward worthwhile causes which in turn became essential to my art practice. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with local grassroots organizations such as Art Conspiracy, Texas Organizing Project, and Mother’s Against Police Brutality. Read more>>

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