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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.

Valerie Lendvay

Art is something that has always been an incredibly important part of my life. Growing up, I was constantly drawing or painting (I was that annoying student that doodled on any blank space a piece of paper had to offer), so a career in the arts was a no-brainer for me. Read more>>

Brynn Brdar

No fairy tales here! I’m a city girl. I was born in Los Angeles to a couple of creative parents who instilled in me the idea of being active with your ideas, so that they are no longer merely ideas. Read more>>

Justine Turner

I’ve been tearing things apart and putting them back together since I was kid. I remember spending weekends at dog beach hunting for driftwood with my mom or at the Kobey swapmeet scouring piles of junk for Dremel drillbits to spend my allowance on. Read more>>

Derrick Harville

I wanted a new hobby outside of the military life and I got my first camera, a Canon T5i package bundle as a Christmas present from my wife in 2015. I had been talking about learning to take photos and I ended up with this camera as a present. Read more>>

Aurora Lagattuta

I took this passion for creating inclusive dance communities with me upon my arrival to San Diego in 2014. My first work in San Diego was Stand Tall at Art Produce Gallery and Garden in North Park, San Diego. I made Stand Tall with 20 amazing dancers from ages 7 to 77 over the course of six months. Read more>>

Kersten Carrington

I’ve always been the girl with a camera in her hand but when my daughter was born in 2011, my love and passion for photography really took flight. I wanted to learn everything I could about photography so that I could learn how to best capture my daughter’s milestones. Read more>>

Marc Fernandez

I’ve always had some sort of artistic eye since I was young, from drawing, painting, graffiti, what have you. I’ve never actually taken a photography class so I used the resource available to me, the internet, youtube and reaching out to other photographers. Read more>>

Stephanie Goldman

Walking on fire to get over the fear of being a professional artist at a Tony Robbins Seminar in the eighties is how my unique story started. After putting myself through Court Reporting School, Massage School and getting a Masters in Psychology. Read more>>

Kristen Tobiason

Besides being an affluent designer and writer, I’m a very intuitive, mystical person. In 2016, I was I working full time as a senior graphic production specialist at an advertising agency, which raising my special needs son on my own. Read more>>

Ken Goldman

My paintings and drawings continue to reflect the deep appreciation of nature and the human figure that I gained during my formative years. Since retiring from the museum in ’76, I have been painting, teaching and selling art as a professional and never consider the idea of conventional employment. 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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