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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.

Rocio Venegas

I think cities can host more exhibits promoting local art, partnering with restaurants, shops, involving the community as a whole can help educate people. I believe art has the ability to bring freedom to many people! Read more>>

Mollie Kellogg

I see my art as a way to promote self-acceptance, laughter, play, healing, community and personal possibility. The inner magic message resonates with like-minded individuals, participants, and organizations that support a mission to change the world through art. Read more>>

Paul Douda

My art is photography. Crystal, videography. We both have the approach that the moments we capture are once-in-a-lifetime occasions, and we feel strongly that those moments should look the best they can under any circumstances. These images will be cherished for generations, and that is what inspires us to do the best we can at all times. Read more>>

Matt Snyder

There are endless possibilities in that subject matter and I find that incredibly liberating. I generally try to set a mood in my work and through that extract simple emotions from the viewer whether it’s the danger of a seedy dark alley, or the beautiful reflections of crowed crosswalk. Cities really, for better or worse are the apex of human achievement and culture. There is always a feeling or mood to be conveyed there. Read more>>

Danny Heller

Upon returning home, I realized that the stereotypical bland suburbs were actually quite exceptional. There was a culture to these clusters of tract homes, this American dream. I would then notice this quintessential suburban imagery pop up in films like Edward Scissor Hands and shows like The Brady Bunch, among others. After focusing on the token suburbs, I transitioned to the more sleek midcentury Modern homes – it was a natural progression. Read more>>

Yana Matosian

I’ve always been passionate about cultivating a beautiful aesthetic in my life. I just didn’t realize that I could translate that passion into a career until 7 years ago. I didn’t study photography in college, but I always loved taking pictures. My first DSLR, however, transformed my hobby into my passion.  Read more>>

Aghori Band

The Meaning: The Aghori’s in East India strongly believe that there are no opposites in this world and that the conventional distinctions between purity and impurity are actually an illusion. They celebrate inner peace and tranquility through dark rituals. Considered “outcasts” by society, this Hindu sect lives on cremation grounds, smearing themselves with the ashes of corpses and eating from a cranial begging bowl. Read more>>

Rubie Lafountaine

I have been a creator for as long as I can remember. I basically came out the womb with finger paints. I began selling my crafts door to door when I was little. Then as a teenager, I moved up to selling canvasses online. I always liked talking photos just didn’t know what I could do with this medium. Until a discovered a photography class online.  Read more>>

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