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Thought Provokers: Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Chantal Wnuk

It’s the cliché answer, but making things has been my primary interest for as long as I can remember. Art work never felt easy, but it did always feel like the obvious and unavoidable direction I was going. Read more>>

Betty Hock

I took beginning watercolor through Continuing Ed with Annette Paquet, from whom I learned a great deal. I felt like a sponge taking in as much as I could. I retired early from teaching to become an artist. I loved my teaching years and now my art career provides another path for creativity and expression. Read more>>

Ina Nederdal

I’m a photographer currently studying digital design. I’ve always liked collecting things, notes, pictures, memories etc. I realized I liked making collages a couple of years ago while I was studying photography. I was looking for a personal project I was going to work with for a year. Read more>>

Jessica Gerhardt

I’ve been singing since as far back as I can remember. I began writing songs when I was 8 years old. One of my first songs, that I co-wrote with my friend Elena, was called “Cold Spaghetti” about magic spaghetti that wouldn’t heat up no matter how many different ways you tried to re-heat it. Read more>>

Scott Gengelbach

I’ve always expressed myself creatively. First it was Legos, then it was stop action animated movies and then dancing on water (surfing). All the while I would draw. My grandparents had art books in their house so I was exposed to art at an early age. Read more>>

Jerik Centeno

Although we contrasted a typical island kid, I am extremely thankful to have been a born and raised Filipino from Kaua’i, Hawai’i because the island raised me through all these cultures, influences, and the way that everybody thrives off of working together. Read more>>

Sacha Boutros

The music business feels like a million paper cuts all over your body and then someone pours lemon on you and pats you on the back. But then you sing. You sing to lovely people that hire you at Jazz on the Plazz in Los Gatos or Chez Papa in Paris. Read more>>

Anali De Laney

I began my first apprenticeship in the Bronx, NY. I learned quickly that if this was the life I wanted I would have to put my heart and soul into it while also accepting that I would likely always be a “starving artist”. Read more>>

Tiffany Reid

I developed the confidence to pursue art and enrolled at Emily Carr and courses around the city. I really didn’t know what style or medium I wanted to work in so I did a lot of courses in mixed media. This was an adventure for sure. Read more>>

Katherine Brannock

Katherine is incredibly honored and grateful for having been introduced to a growing network of remarkable people over the years. Her friends, acquaintances and family continue to inspire her development as an Artist as well as an Individual. Read more>>


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