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Thought Provokers: East San Diego

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 East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Terrance “Dana” Hosley

I wanted to create a brand built on a foundation of “Confidence”. I believe fashion speaks in silent words that hold powerful meanings. My brand represents self-love and self-confidence. I want to encourage people to love who they are naturally and enter a place of being comfortable with who they are. Read more>>

Black Leather Couch

It started as an idea for a music house. There were four of us, and we thought it’d be cool to move in together and immerse ourselves in music. Our first day was moving in, we noticed that we had each brought in a Black Leather Couch. We weren’t quite a committed band yet, just more of friends working with each other’s projects. Read more>>

Helen Divas

Was fortunate enough to have a very supportive mother as sister who pushed me to continue my art career. If it were not for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I still strive to grow as an artist and continue to learn many new things along this never-ending journey! Read more>>

Shay Galloway

I started ballet when I was seven years old. I instantly fell in love with the discipline and everything that filled the classroom… the music, the way my mind and body worked together, the ability to tell a story and create without using words. Read more>>

Jesse Hofstee

Lead Pony formed in early 2017 consisting of Jesse Hofstee, Hillary Laughery and Dylan Stallard. Jesse and Hillary had been playing/writing music for years in a band called Spero and were ready to start something new with fresh ideas and sounds. Read more>>

Marty Ornish

After creating my first “portfolio” I was juried into this exhibit, and given the challenge of making a dress out of hats. At the museum opening, I was given a name tag with “artist”. It had never dawned on me I was anything but a stitcher or seamstress. Read more>>

Amel Janae

I’ve been artistic for as long as I can remember, and art was the only thing that interested me while I was in high school. Although, I didn’t take it too seriously until college. In fact, it wasn’t until my final year of college that I found my focus. Read more>>

Miriam Rojas

Miriam, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far. I was born and raised in California. My Father is a glass artist, so he introduced me to his colorful glass art at a very young age. Read more>>

Morgan Reynolds

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you what made me start! There’s this feeling of accomplishment and belonging that I never seemed to find in anything else. My family has a lot of tattoos, so even from a young age. Read more>>

Dr. Diane M Kline

Dr. Diane Kline has painted all her life. Encouraged by a family of artists including her mother and Grandfather her art transcends style and comes to life in beautiful and unique expressions of her mood at the time her brush meets the canvas. Read more>>

Ruby Rodriguez

About 15 years ago while traveling through Rome I stumbled into a ton of kiosks, antique shops and small den like stores that sold jewelry from all over Africa and the Middle East. On one of those days I found myself in an antique shop that had 3 necklaces I loved equally. Read more>>


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