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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.

Mike Sheehan

I loved drawing. I liked designing too even though I didn’t realize that was what I was doing. The turning point for me came when I enrolled at Fullerton College. That gave me direction and encouragement. Some of my teachers pointed me to Art Center in Pasadena. Read more>>

Vonn Sumner

I have been very lucky to exhibit my paintings a lot and get some attention, and I even helped to start and run a gallery in Downtown LA in the 2000s called Pharmaka. That was a lot of work, but also a great education, and we had a lot of fun. Artists are crazy, but we need each other! Read more>>

Bonnie Woods

Drawing and painting have brought me so much happiness throughout my life. Being an artist has taught me to observe the world more magically. After years of formal study, I have absorbed as much as I can about various mediums and have become more skilled and confident. Read more>>

Allison Manch

I studied photography in college, but after college found much more satisfaction in revisiting the hand embroidery, I knew so well as a teenager. Photography also moved more towards digital processing at that time, and I was and am still more interested in the tactile nature of the fabric. Read more>>

Crisinda Lyons

My introduction to the medium of fused glass was over 40 years ago with a one day workshop. I fell in love and knew immediately that glass was my medium. I was so intrigued by the possibilities that I saw in the glass. Read more>>

Jesus Gonzalez

I always created music in my head that I’d sing to out loud but I eventually became frustrated by the fact that nobody could hear the music I was singing to. I finally decided I wanted to play the guitar when I was eight so that my music could finally manifest into actually audible sound waves for the world to hear. Read more>>

Michael Khein

My story started during a random bath time with my daughter. I say that because, I had just recently bought a new camera to take photos of our new born. My wife and I were getting ready for bath for my daughter Addison. Read more>>

Kimberly Kulak

Through good and bad, through ups and downs, I’m a firm believer of the whole You being a product of everything that came before your todays; the building and the tearing-aparts of your every experience brings you to where you are today. Read more>>

Soheil Nakhshab

Architecturally, I see my projects as living sculptures that people can physically experience and enjoy. Taking inspiration from the Mid-Century era, every project that I design and build carries the timeless spirit of form meeting function. Read more>>

Tara Magboo

Interestingly enough, dreams of working with metal did not enter my mind early on. In fact, I fell into jewelry making quite by accident! I went to undergraduate school at The Rhode Island School of Design and wanted to focus on Illustration. Read more>>


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