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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.

Roxi and Sal Ausonio

Well, prior to photography I was a surgical veterinary nurse working at a very robust specialty hospital in San Diego. Adrenalectomies, lung lobectomies, and teeny tiny pace-makers for kitties are not for the light-hearted lol. Read more>>

Dayne Nastri

We started with the Infinite Hoodie, inspired by Kingdom Hearts. The hoodies were a hit and demand for new products increased. Since then Infinite Future Gear has expanded to T-shirts, denim, and accessories all inspired by my favorite digital passions. Read more>>

Rich Varville

Rich Varville is a San Diego based, award winning filmmaker and recording artist that gained notoriety from his unique style of story based, cinematic music films. He also writes and directs narrative films, industrial films, and commercials. Read more>>

Jenna Joseph

My journey into photography first began when I didn’t get my top choice for guitar as a high school elective and was placed in a photo class instead. I never knew how much I’d fall in love with it, but an opportunity came to shadowa wedding photographer during that time. Read more>>

Emily Musgrove

I never had to work through a funk of being bad at drawing, or painstakingly learn how to mix pretty colors. There wasn’t an intentional 10,000 hours put in. When I paint, it is truly a God-gifted talent and I feel an obligation to see what these hands can & will make! Truly a fun journey to be on. Read more>>

Tanya Mercado

It’s really funny how things happen and come full circle. I remember back in 6th grade borrowing my dad’s Canon camera and just taking pictures but when we developed them, they were all overexposed. I had no clue about the settings on the camera, I just thought it was point and shoot. Read more>>

Truth Ali

Music has always been in my blood, my grandfather was a jazz/funk singer/songwriter. He’s no longer here in the physical form, so I treat my life as a self-fulfilling prophecy to finish what he started. I started out strictly rapping, but I couldn’t afford the type of production I wanted, so I started producing and making beats too. Read more>>

Allen Freeman

I’ve been fascinated with art/photography/video since my dad handed me his Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera when I was 8 and told me to film him and my mother and show the water nearby. I was also interested in art since before I was old enough to go to school. Read more>>

Alexis Harrington-Soper

My love for photography began as a child and blossomed as I got older. When it was time to go to college, I knew there was only one place for me – Brooks Institute of Photography. Read more>>

Scott Toepfer

After graduating I worked at a military facility doing basic lab work, and taking photographs at music shows and for surf reports. I eventually hit a wall with my career path and decided that while I still had that youthful leeway on my side, I would pursue photography professionally. Read more>>


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