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Thought Provokers: Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Max Bergstrom

I taught myself to play and eventually got some lessons as well but did not have any classical training. I began playing in bands at age 10 and writing my own original songs at age 11. Since then, there has never been a point in my life when I was not either playing in bands, writing music, or involved in the creative musical process in some way. Read more>>

The Originators

We are all Reggae musicians that have been performing more than ten years each. We came together in the spring of 2017 as our singer Blaine Mazzetti has just released a solo album and had shows lined up to support it. A little more than two years later and we have been playing shows alongside some of the greatest reggae legends. Read more>>

Heather Monahan

I discovered the ability to blend my love of fine arts with a career in digital arts. I love blending both backgrounds to this day. I believe it’s important to have a style that is in trend with the current design, but I also think it’s important to find your unique brand to put on your design work. Read more>>

Julie Goldstein

I am a woodcut printmaker. It is a small community of artists that master in this technique. I found my passion as a printmaker in college and never turned back. I changed my major, stayed in school a bit longer just to complete my degree in printmaking. Read more>>

Mary Lippert

I work with oil paint because of how versatile it can be and show a personality in paintings; for example, layering color and building texture speaks to the viewers more than paint applied flatly. I am beginning to have more fun with drawing by pushing mark making, compositions, and values. I finished a series of people in the shower recently, and my next idea is to paint a beekeeper. Read more>>

Manuelita Brown

My family aged and changed—the boys grew into young men, and my husband’s career demands lessened, and I began to think more about making fine art as opposed to practical arts. It was now time to fulfill a life-long dream to be an artist. A friend and colleague served on a citizens’ board that was reviewing a remodel of the UTC mall. Read more>>


One of my favorite pieces is a watercolor illustration titled “BO.” This piece was a literal portrayal of being struck by love with a minimal concept design with storytelling details. This was one of the early pieces I painted with watercolor that inspired me to further my exploration with this medium. Read more>>

Ximena Barcelo and Justina Duenas

The focus always seemed to be on who had more followers, streams, or views. We eventually decided to take matters into our own hands and start Queen Cartel. It originally began as a collaborative clothing brand, but we quickly realized that with both of our backgrounds we have a lot more to offer than just clothing. Queen Cartel now offers a variety of creative services like styling, creative direction, brand/artist collaborations, and community events. Read more>>

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