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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.

Stefanie Bales

I (and I’d imagine all artists, really) observe the world in intricate ways and am constantly in awe of the beauty of both our natural and built environment. Beauty is a subjective perception and one that is often considered to be trite in an artistic conversation, but I can’t help but feel the need to share my witness. I’m also really moved by language, music and poetry. I aspire to create what I’ve named ‘pictorial conversations’ that elevate communication beyond prose. Read more>>

D’Ann Lynch

My goal is to get my name abroad in different cities, help young girls with self-esteem and volunteer to help cancer patients. My highest goal would be to work with a major corporation and help developed some type of product awareness program for consumers to help society become more knowledgeable in regards to having better skincare. Read more>>

Misun Holdorf

My only dream, since childhood, was to become an artist. I’m not sure where this idea came from. All I remember is that I was always drawing. It was something I just had to do. Even my classmates understood this and when I was caught drawing and sketching in class instead of paying attention, they would defend me to the teacher telling her, “Misun just has to draw!” Read more>>

Carmem Gusmao

I really believe that one artist will use as many surface they can in order to make art, I make wearable art, functional art, recycling art and if I don’t have any supplies I am still able to do art with make up or trash. I love to do big installations like this one Roots and be able to teach kids how to make a better world. Read more>>

Teresa LoJacono

My story starts in Templeton, CA, where I was born and raised. The Central Coast is beyond beautiful and an immensely inspirational place to live. You can’t complain when Big Sur is within your reach at all times. I grew up in a family of 8 and they made me the artist I am today. I had the chance to be close with each of them at different points of my life and those pockets of intimacy are moments I still carry with me everyday. Read more>>

Mark Mrowka

As a visual artist, I’ve been creating all my life across several mediums; and many themes have always been centered around mystery, introspection and thought-provoking imagery. I best describe my work as conceptual surrealism, but more simplistically, for me, it is storytelling by using both real and imagined elements occurring in my everyday life experience — via interactions, thoughts, memories and emotions — all of which become interwoven to convey ideas and meaning.  Read more>>

Adam Disbrow

I had a very artistic upbringing. In college, I studied Art History and English. I did not begin my career as an expressionist painter until early 2014, when some life changes put me in a place where my art became a therapeutic tool. Very quickly, a photographer I knew expressed appreciation for the work and offered to photo-document, everything for me — he still does to this day — Thanks Dan! Another friend of mine offered to manage my work and share it.  Read more>>

Angelica Padilla

I grew up and currently reside in Logan Heights. I’m the product of two proud Mexican immigrants with strong roots in music and art. Growing up, my mother encouraged my love for the arts and has been my biggest supporter. Because of that support, my culture has had a huge impact on the way I choose colors and make art. Last year, my older brother had a stroke and became disabled, I’ve been his main caregiver since.  Read more>>

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