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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.

Cerene Shepard

Going after random opportunities is actually how I ended up in Los Angeles. Holding on to the tails of some creatives that weren’t even sure if they wanted me there. I left my spacious, perfect cheap apartment behind for eight artists in one van traveling to and from events, and the rest of my “professional” career is history. Read more>>

Travis Mason

I first started playing guitar at eight years old when my father bought me my first left-handed guitar. Starting out I would try to emulate my idol, Bob Dylan. I am also influenced by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder among many others. Read more>>

Lisa Y. Méndez

Another life-changing event also happened in college—I was introduced to the world of zines by my Women’s Studies professor who used them in her curriculum. During that time and even now, I have never stopped painting or crafting; it’s just part of who I am. Read more>>

Cameo K.

I have always been interested in art since I was a little girl. I remember in first grade, we had an assignment to draw an elephant in class. All the other students wanted me to draw their elephants because they thought mine was so good. Read more>>

Paola Torres

My dad started teaching me a few things, and I became inspired to learn more. Throughout the years, photography has become an important role in my life. It has taught me to see the world in many different ways, and how to express myself through my work. Read more>>

Jessie Deragisch

New ideas have come to fruition, and I finally created a line of jewelry dishes after years of writing notes and making sketches. My visions are always evolving, and I hope to expand into more home decor items later this year. Read more>>

Abby Dorsey aka “MC Flow”

I enjoy performing live, my greatest joy is found in the writing process. I love getting into a room with creative people and collaborating to create something unique and powerful that didn’t exist before we sat down together. For me, that’s true magic. Read more>>

Sergio Gutierrez

I was first a musician starting out playing guitar in a small town called Los Lunas in New Mexico when I was 15 yrs old. Fast forward to 10 years later in California; I pick up a paintbrush after being inspired by a photo of my parents on the computer screen who were still living back home. Read more>>

Dmitri Zurita

My current work is invested in retooling conceptual structures as a way of looking at entangled or related narratives through the languages—languages of/as tools and signifiers but also of/as architectures—of peripersonal computing and digital media. Read more>>

Rennan “Reign-on” Pizarro

What’s crazy about my journey through this all was finding out that I’m a 4th generation barber through my dad’s side of the family. My great grandfather owned his own barbershop in the Philippines, my grandpa cut hair in his time in the Navy, and my dad did the same as my grandpa. 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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