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Thought Provokers: Balboa Park & Hillcrest

San Diego 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 and creative professionals from in and around Balboa Park & Hillcrest that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Michael Carini

My process is known as Acrylic Alchemy and I utilize my struggle as a sacrifice of equivalent exchange to create something beautiful and positive for the world. My work explores extremely dark and vulnerable themes and reflects their beauty and a light amidst the darkness. Read more>>

Jenna Refuerzo

I’m not sure I had too much interest in art growing up until I took an art class in high school. As soon I discovered painting I was hooked. It was all I wanted to do.I studied art at UCSD where I earned my bachelor’s degree, but I found the art program there pretty uninspiring and lacking in direction or encouragement. My peers all seemed to view art more as a fun hobby than an actual career path.  Read more>>

Jayson Coleman

When people ask me what do I sing? I respond with, “What would you like to hear.” But the best is knowing that there was one lady who asked to hear my music as she was passing. She only wanted to hear me. According to her daughter, my music was the last music she heard. Now that is something that doesn’t happen every day. Read more>>

Lindsay White

I was exposed to a lot of music, reading and writing from an early age. I went to a Baptist church with my grandparents (which messed me up in a LOT of ways but was great for learning music and literacy). My dad was an ex-hippie English teacher who exposed me to tons of great authors and musicians from Tolkien to Dylan. Read more>>

Kris Finch

I was the cliche’ “art” kid in school, always drawing and getting praise and support for it. After high school, I took some art classes in community colleges and then continued to study at Watts Atelier in Encinitas for 3 years. I’ll still take a class there to be around like minded people and I am trying to better my work. Read more>>

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