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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.

Heather Rosso

I was always on a hunt for unique, beautifully crafted pieces of jewelry. Once I started to travel abroad, I took a fascination to the different styles and techniques of various cultures. It was such a fun adventure finding pieces of jewelry in various countries and then sharing the stories about those treasures. Read more>>

Ruth Fromstein

I’ve had a close relationship with art since picking up a brush and canvas while a child in small-town Wisconsin. One of my favorite childhood memories was when my father took me to the only local art store (Sherwin Williams) and simply said: “pick something out.” The dilemma of choice has stuck with me all these days and is perhaps the reason why my art takes inspiration from such a variety of styles and techniques. Read more>>

Birky Greene

I decided to become an artist as a 6th grader living in Colorado Springs. At that time I had my own struggles emotionally and academically, and art was and is the way I worked through them. I’m not sure I would have made it through school if not for art. The next year my family moved to Maine.  Read more>>

Vicky DeLong

While living in Naples, Italy from 1983 through 1987, I had the opportunity to study at the Instituto della Porcellana e della Ceramica located on the grounds of the Royal Palace of Capodimonte. From the Italian masters of the institute, I learned ceramic techniques, including creating the many types of flowers and leaves in the Capodimonte style, a tradition that dates back to the early 1700’s. Read more>>

Matt Smith

I was fascinated by electronic music, rock, and the idea that a performance isn’t necessarily meant to be a fixed, static masterpiece – rather, it can be a window in time through which the performer and audience alike can shift their point of regarding slightly and cast the work in question in a new light, changing it is it is rediscovered. This is actually the origin of the name “Iridas,” from Terence McKenna’s suggestion that consciousness is “an iridescence upon the matter.” Read more>>

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

My art story started during my high school years when I painted my aunt’s dog, and my art teacher was convinced that the drawing in question, was not my work and that it must have been painted by some older person with a lot of skills and art experience. I was very angry and disappointed at that point. Read more>>

Martin Allais

I was invited to participate in the 2004 edition of Sonar Electrónic music festival Djing and creating visuals for musicians such as Prefuse 73, Kid Koala, De la Soul, Madlib and many more. Since I´ve been working in the moving image realms vjing and directing commercials and music videos. Recently alongside Maud Beckers, we founded BRUT, a collective of animation directors, we are represented by 1stavemachine in L.A and NYC. Read more>>

Olivia Mar

As part of my past times, I’d search for unique gems alongside my mother at local markets and art shows. By the Mexican sea was where I found my greatest inspiration. Never staying in one town for too long, I continued dreaming of replicating the colors and shapes I discovered while traveling, eventually embodying all that I learned through my own handmade jewelry. Read more>>

Dylan Lovinger and TimM O’Connor

I’m fascinated by science and technology, which led me to pursue a degree in physics, but I’ve also always been interested in the visual arts, especially drawing. More recently, I’ve discovered the world of creative coding and hobby electronics – coding digital art and animations and working with LEDs. Read more>>

Wallace Colvard

Growing up in Raleigh, NC, I always had a fascination with the colors, textures and smells of the earth. In addition, I loved making up games and actually designing graphic game boards to go with them. At NC State University, I studied both Visual Environmental Design and Computer Science, although at the time these two disciplines were completely separate, leading to a lot of trekking to opposite ends of the campus and opposite academic cultures. At the time, the School of Design encouraged individual special studies, with a curriculum created collaboratively between advisers and students. Read more>>

Joaquina Mertz

I was born and raised in Mexico City, where my parents exposed me to as much music and art as they could. Saying that, I started taking music lessons since I was very young, my approach to music started by going to opera lessons at the age of seven, and continuing my classical studies up until I turned 17 and attended Interlochen Center of the Arts in Michigan. There I was convinced that my true love was contemporary music, it had always been a part of what I wanted to say; although my admiration for classical music has always been there, I wanted to make something for myself, I wanted to tell my own story. Read more>>


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