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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.

Jessa Michelle

When you look at my face today, you wouldn’t believe the struggle I’ve been through. It all started I grade school when I developed severe acne. I was bullied every day for the way my face looked. Read more>>

Ashley Lemaster

The beauty industry has always been a passion of mine. Since I was a little girl I can remember dipping my Barbie’s hair in Kool-Aid and cutting their hair with my school scissors. Read more>>

Chelsea Paulus

I fell head over heels in love with watercolor and developed my inspiration from one artist in particular, Laovaan, who uses bright colors and the water to create a flow of emotions in painting women. Read more>>

Alyssa Hobson

Skeleton keys were the earliest thing I ever collected. I always liked to imagine what exciting secrets they held, doors they opened, who they belonged to and what stories they told. Read more>>

Kami Olavarria

Wedding photography gave me joy and the ability to serve others while use my passion for storytelling in a way I never dreamt possible. It was the craziest and most beautiful collision of all the things I love and am good at. Read more>>

Kristin Schwartzlose

In my spare time, I really enjoy photography and painting but I am trying to incorporate them into my business whether it be functional art pieces like jewelry for an everyday outfit, or a beautiful card sent to a friend. Read more>>

Amy Burkman

In 2014, all of that was put on hold when I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. After I had surgery and finished chemotherapy treatment, I decided I wanted to pursue my dream of doing art with a purpose full time. Read more>>

David Jester

This current work was born after observing how we treat each other or present ourselves online and in apps. It is curious how much the anonymity of online apps allows us to treat each other in ways we would never in person. Read more>>

Lis Viegas

Lis Viegas began her music career as a drummer after a sports-related injury and ACL reconstruction surgery left her looking for something to provide the exercise, discipline, and teamwork she’d always found in athletics. In addition to providing the activity… Read more>>

Sara Rivas

I have been drawing since I was a kid, my dad is an artist and a lot of other people in my family are too. I grew up in the Dominican Republic til I was 11 and then moved to FL. 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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