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Thought Provokers: La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Heather Wilhelm

We both have Italian heritage so its fun to talk to be people who instantly recognize the type of vehicle and its origins. Neither of us has really fit into the mold of a regular day job so we decided to put together our talents for business (his) and my creative talents to create a joyful and memorable experience that people can rent and have for their special events. Read more>>

Osiris Booque

OSIRIS is a rapper, a performer, a magician and a fashion mogul. By listening to the downloads of his ancestors (Akashic Records), OSIRIS is able to create new pathways for himself, his peers, future generations, and even his elders to stroll down. KRS-ONE defines an MC as a Master of Ceremony and by paying homage to those that came before him, OSIRIS evokes this spirit of ceremony and intertwines it with a reverence for Sacred Joy. Read more>>

Alea Staley

A middle school teacher was the exception- suggesting that I take an art class. That was my first experience with acrylic paint, and I remember feeling so frustrated. Our first project was to draw a Toucan bird with a blue background, and my bird’s beak looked awfully crooked. The blue background had gotten nightmarish because I ran out of a specific shade of blue and had to cover it up with something else. Read more>>

Jes Workman

I have a handful of close friends in the industry that I text throughout the day, but we’re all the same little work-hermits. If a community is what you’re craving, then, by all means, go to mixers and networking events! But if the idea of that makes you want to pass out, don’t be ashamed of not being super involved. Read more>>

Lauren Patterson

I taught myself how to macramé while I was working towards my Master’s degree in occupational therapy and used it as a therapeutic tool and creative outlet— a place to relax and turn off my brain. I love that simple knots can create intricate detail and become beautiful designs. Read more>>

Zard Apuya

I moved to California 6 years ago where I attended grad school at the University of San Francisco and earned my MBA. I then decided to move down to San Diego about three years ago to try and explore more opportunities in SoCal. While I do my art as a side gig, I work full-time as an Account Manager in the Ad Tech industry. Read more>>

Morgan Stinson

As an artist, I’m becoming a lot more “serious” I guess. I’m doing more commissions, I’m planning on participating in more local shows, and I’m also doodling a lot. I have some really great supporters of my art who want to collaborate on some fun projects, and ideally, I’d love to have a solo show at some point. Read more>>

Cassie Levin

I finished high-school unsure about what my career path should be. I knew I loved making art, but I also have heard from many people that it wasn’t viable, it didn’t make much, it wasn’t stable. I told myself I would never be good enough and, unfortunately, I didn’t have access to people who could steer me in the right direction. Read more>>

Lew Salem

I taught myself to produce and continued to write, eventually releasing a mixtape under the alias Dino Brown in 2014. Shortly after, I made the change to my current name, Lew Salem, as this name was much more personal and original than the former. Read more>>

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