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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.

Sloane Wormser

I have worked at salons in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Maryland, choosing a more challenging salon each time, I have been able to grow my career through saying yes to every opportunity and constantly pushing myself to go to the next level. Read more>>

Dee Peri

My mission, goal, focus, is to connect with high-end resorts, spas, hotels, spa owners and provide hard wax training and education to their staff members/estheticians, help them improve their skills and share my “secrets”, knowledge and experience of my 15 years in the industry. Read more>>

Lindsay Ryan

Having always been a writer in some capacity, it took being awarded the opportunity to cover Fashion Week San DIego in 2015 for NBC 7, to really make a commitment to myself to be intentional about this passion. Read more>>

Leza Bocachica

I started my career as a professional photographer a little over a year ago, and so far, it’s been an amazing journey and I feel so grateful for where I am now. Since I could remember, I have always been immersed in the art world through my parents. Before taking the jump to shoot professionally, I experimented with my own children…my goal being to document the in between moments in their lives, to find the light wherever I could. I try to capture this in all my sessions, to capture the real moments! Read more>>

Allison Mason Mellon

I’m a creative at heart. My whole life I’ve dabbled with the arts – drawing and painting mostly – and have loved to be around creative ideas. I’ve shaped my career to work in a creative field – Read more>>

Lynnzee Valerio

I was always good at doing hairstyles on my friends hair in high school, I did everyone hair for all the dances, I use to watch my hairstylist Give me and hilites and I was like, that’s not hard and I they let me try out hilites in my kitchen. Read more>>

Marci Jameson

I began my career right out of high school. I knew college wasn’t for me and it was actually my dad who suggested beauty school. He’d noticed I was always the last one to get ready because I was too busy doing everyone else’s hair. Read more>>

Tori Pelfree

I’ve been passionate about hair color from a young age, coloring friends hair at home, in the bathroom at school between classes, and collecting every hair magazine I could find. Read more>>

Jessica Mavros

I began to take more notice of community issues, of those around me, and the beauty behind the lives and struggles of everyday people. I wanted to express that through my art and started painting portraits almost exclusively. Read more>>

Laurie Nicoud

My passion for design has led me to this point and it feels incredible. My love for graphic design all started in high school with my Yearbook class elective and now I have been designing for over 15 years. Read more>>

Mingei International Museum Rob Sidner

Mingei International was 40 years old on May 5, having begun in a 6,000 square-foot space at University Towne Centre, a 20-year free leasehold generously given by Ernest Hahn and University Towne Centre Associates. Read more>>

Emma Loizides

My Inspiration comes from several artists including Jasper Johns, Michael Andrews and Peter Blake, as well as Robert Delaunay for his bold and lively use of colour, and Wassily Kandinsky, for his theories on the effects art has on emotions. Read more>>

Nalena Kumar

For the past 10+ years I’ve been a professional animator and illustrator. Making character based work with a natural, hand-made feel. Read more>>

David Dedden

Growing up has only intensified the passion. I’m a big fan of photography, though I’m no professional, and travel any chance I get to find new subjects to shoot. I’m enthralled by landscapes and portraits… Read more>>


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