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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.

Lauren Newman

When I began my journey in photography, I was 15 years old and I shot self-portraiture and photos of friends on a Canon Rebel XTI. That was the time of Flickr, Deviantart, and Lookbook; all of which played a huge role to inspire me to continue pursing photography. Read more>>

Talia Pollard

I began photography in 2015 while I was still active duty in the Navy. I was stationed in Hawaii and began photographing the beautiful landscape. I mean, how could I not? Hawaii is a beautiful place to live; why not capture that beauty. Read more>>


Max and John wrote and recorded the album “Only Believe In Love” together in the early months of 2016, and worked to release it in September of that year. We originally got the band together in order to make a music video for a song on the album called “Hate It”. Read more>>

Sasha Koozel Reibstein

I’m from the East Coast – born in Boston and raised in Philadelphia, which has always been a point of pride for me. I love the fast pace and energy of city life and Philadelphia in particular was an amazing city to grow up in – surrounded by the vast landscape of public art and graffiti throughout the city. Read more>>

Bettie Geer Rikansrud

I grew up living in faraway places like Japan and Trinidad. My father was a Naval Officer so we had many adventures moving every 2 years, overseas and all over the country. Drawing and painting was my focus at an early age. I graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, majoring in Studio Painting. Read more>>

Claire Marika Buys

Having access to the ocean and terrain, I’ve created a body of art that combines the two in my sea gardens. I’ve been working towards combining cactus and other local plants from the land and kelp forest and coral reefs into an underwater utopia. Read more>>

Thom Vollenweider

The camera has allowed me to travel the world as a photojournalist. I’ve covered news events as staff photographer for United Press International in Europe to working as a NFL team photographer for the San Diego, covering 3 Super Bowls. For over 45 years. Read more>>

Harley Magsino

I started playing drums in my teenage years but started my music literacy studies when I shifted my goal to become a classical guitarist. I did that routine for several years. I was already playing bass at this point, but as classical guitar player playing bass. Read more>>

Anna Iris Graham

I have been earnestly working to bridge the artist I was when I finished my graduate program with the artist that I am today. I began with a single painting that I intended solely for donation to be auctioned off at my son’s school’s fundraising gala. Read more>>

Faith Jensen-Ismay

My first experience in dance came shortly after a few traumatic life events: I was forced into a dance class in High School to fulfill PE requirements. Dance class became a refuge – a place to process, express, and be physical. It didn’t take long before I was interested in choreographing and teaching. Read more>>


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