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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.

Brian Van de Wetering

Over the years, that has manifested itself by work in theater, music, software development and, most recently, visual art. As a child, I liked to draw and I also liked to take apart my toys and put them back together in new and different ways. Read more>>

Caleb Ekeroth

Perhaps the greatest contributor to where I’m at today was my church. When I was 14 I was given a platform to release videos weekly; first through the kid’s church, then the youth group and finally the whole church (an audience of 1000+). Read more>>

Nisha Btesh

In 2014, My Senior year at the Academy of Art University as a Textile Design student I collaborated with student and Designer Jackie Hodges to create a Women’s Wear collection that successfully walked the runway at New York Fashion Week. Read more>>

Cassie Templeman

Like many creative professionals, getting to our creative “happy place” is a journey. And, mine is one where that happy place has changed over the years. I worked as a marketing coordinator for the early part of my career (hey, everyone puts in their time in an office, right?). Read more>>

Liz Koerner

As a kid I spent time alone in my room drawing and making books and other contraptions. I was given a lot of independence which taught me to follow my instincts. In college I started out as a sociology major but a sculpture class made me realize I needed to be building with my hands. Read more>>

Charlene Mosley

I have always been in love with art, and although I tried all kinds of other directions, I came to the conclusion that art is my life and I always needed it to give me a balance to cope with other things. Fortunately, my mother has always been supportive and very encouraging to follow my creativity. Read more>>

Cristyn Chandler

As a kid I wanted applause, today I want to lose myself in each moment on stage. Theater classes then lead to film classes which lead to acting in short films, commercials, features and now I’ve found myself co-hosting a podcast. Read more>>

Kelsey Brookes

I make paintings and sculptures from empirical systems (molecular biology, biochemistry and mathematics). There are fundamental natural laws that govern our universe and I make art using those natural laws. Read more>>

Sidney Hambsch

A graduate from the award-winning Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism, Sidney has spent her time reporting in front of the camera and now gives her followers a behind the scenes look of her life as a wife, modern mom, and creator of Yay For today. Read more>>

Kevin Zhang

I am a composer of contemporary concert music and sound art who has been based here in San Diego since 2012, when I matriculated at UCSD to pursue my PhD in music. Originally, I grew up in the Northeast, having lived in New York and Boston before moving out west. Read more>>

Eric Scire

I have always had a love for photography and the way it can immerse you into a scene. I can remember taking photos growing up, just for fun, I would occasionally get a disposables or would borrow my mom’s digital camera but nothing to serious. 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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