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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.

Suzanna Beltz

My Husband (Billy) and I opened a meadery in the Miralani Makers Disctrict, a booming craft beverage community nestled in San Diegos Miramar area. We make complex, slightly carbonated, delicious meads that show case unique honey varietals and a range of flavors. Read more>>

Phoebe Nguyen

I have always wanted to become an artist but never had the opportunity to pursue a career in art. I graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in 2011. For 4 years, I was confused with where I wanted to take my career. Read more>>

Sophia Bacino

I began songwriting as a meek 9 year old, unaware that I was beginning the journey of a lifetime. I would write songs with the same four chords for months on end… Read more>>

Meredith Pardue

Pardue traveled extensively, finding inspiration from the varied flora and landscapes of the American South, the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, and Central America. Read more>>

Brian Blake

With photography I have found my own world which I can journey into creating images and presenting the world as I see it. Like most photographers my first self assignments were taking pics of nature and capturing endless sunsets at the beach… Read more>>

Raychel Long

We as humans can do better than this. I wanted to take the love that is cultivated through festivals, put our heads together, and spread it to parts of the world that need it most. And so Dream Fair was born with the focus of supporting high-impact non-profits through events and festival fashion. Read more>>

Hang Vuong

Microblading is a great way to boost one’s confidence, as the eyebrows indicate expression and are one of the most prominent features of the face. I had my share of doubts when I flew to Vegas to begin taking classes, as many do when exploring a new path for the first time… Read more>>

Fatima Elreda

I started looking at the world through a lens when I was 10 years old and my dad bought me my first Canon, I fell in love. He upgraded me every few years and I looked forward to it every time. Read more>>

Starla Little

I have lived a very complicated life. I’m generally uncomfortable talking about myself but for the sake of art, I will share the laughable lines from my current bio… “High school drop out turned young mother. Read more>>

Karen Heckman

I loved writing stories, creating characters, and making them come to life on a page. A love of animation followed and by the time I was in high school I had made the decision to make art my career. Read more>>

Nichole McDaniel

Finding beauty and simplicity in silhouettes always captivated me. Growing up in the Midwest I vividly remember raking leaves just so I could lay in them and look at the tree branches against the sky for what seemed like hours. Read more>>

Jason Dodd

Having felt that I accomplished a lot in the industry and more importantly wanting to spend more time close to home to watch my two girls grow up, I left FOX in 2014 to pursue photography full time. Read more>>

Rafael Rios-Mathioudakis

My love for photography came first working in a photo studio owned by my family since I was 17 year old. I devoted my education in Argentina to becoming a commercial photographer. Read more>>


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