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Thought Provokers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.


We make music, but suffice it to say, we didn’t end up sounding like Blink-182. That’s not for lack of desire, but a very palpable lack of ability. I think if we could, we would all choose to make music that sounds like Blink-182, or Thursday, or No Doubt, or any of the local bands we grew up listening to… it’s just… hard. So we dove off the deep end on the opposite side of the pool. Read more>>

Anna Cloutier

Throughout my life I’ve always seen myself as a creative, but finding the right outlet was a journey. In my earlier twenties, I’d become intrigued by the art of photography, in a way that moved something within me. So I bought a camera and started snapping a few photos here and there and teaching myself the basics. I also went through a pretty dark season and photography brought me a lot of healing. Read more>>

Juan Miguel Cabrera

After high school, I studied animation briefly, then realized I didn’t want to be in the commercial art industry. So I decided to pursue the art life properly and moved to San Francisco to study painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. I graduated in 2009 with a bachelors in painting, then worked for a few years before deciding to apply for an MFA. I’m now studying to earn a graduate degree in painting and printmaking at the School of Art and Design at SDSU. Read more>>

Sara Rivas

I enjoy drawing femmes, plants, surrealism. I strive to make art that represents people who are not often represented in the mainstream. As a member of marginalized groups, I want other poc/queer/etc. People to see themselves represented in what I make. As a tattooer, it’s my goal for marginalized folx to find a safe, respectful, and comfortable environment with me. Read more>>

Brian Oliva

It shaped my hobbies, music and sports choices, my slang, my voice, and my art- My parents wanted us to be raised in America without becoming American, but still didn’t want us to be Filipino. I am now 37 – still a writer, spoken word artist, and creative! Identity has been a frequent topic in my art and all the details and nuances art the color that seems to be the glue that connects me to different audiences. Read more>>

Maru López

I am a contemporary jeweler. I was born in the Caribbean, in the island of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States. As a kid, I lived in New York City for a few years while my dad studied and then returned to the island where I lived until my mid-twenties. Read more>

Crystal Turk

I come from a fashion background. Used to work in the skate Industry as a product developer before Turk and I decided to expand Left Hand Black to a full studio and art gallery. Turk was operating Left Hand Black as a private studio before we decided to join forces and move Left Hand Black from private to a full-scale custom tattoo shop and fine art gallery. Read more>>

Abbey Arechiga

I have always been drawn to art, whether it was painting and crafting in elementary school, makeup classes and set design in high school, or costume and prop making in college. Using different mediums to express myself has always been a way of creating my own world. I was a theatre major in college. Read more>>


I grew up in Brooklyn NY my first 18 years in a section called Beford-Stuyvesant. Home of Biggy, Jay-Z, Fabulous and a few others. I left my last year of High School right after Russell Simmons gave me my first opportunity to perform on stage, and moved to the Bay Area. Richmond CA.  Read more>>

Thao Huynh and Kolten French

My boyfriend and I who are both artists are starting our first business venture together. We are building a niche mural painting company here in San Diego. We are the only ones doing what we’re doing here in all of California, maybe even in the US, based on my research so far. Read more>>

Anna Cosimini

I’ve always been driven to make things. I grew up surrounded by artists and craftspeople, so making things was just a natural way of life. I was introduced to clay at 11, taking after-school classes in the tiny basement studio of a middle school art teacher nearby. Read more>>


1 Comment

  1. San Diego Art Guy

    April 13, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Great stories and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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