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Thought Provokers: Old Town – Mission Valley

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 Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Emma Gibbs

I know getting your photograph taken can be awkward at times, but I always try to create a welcoming and calming environment for anyone I am photographing. Having your photos taken should be a fun and memorable experience, and the photos should always document that. Read more>>

Francesca Valle

My first introduction to playing in front of thousands of people was at Catholic Youth conventions. I wanted to be a nun at the time. Can you imagine? By the time college rolled around, music was the only logical thing to study really. Luckily, my family pushed for me to go to school and study music. I was blessed to have a few mentors in my college years that really pushed me to get deeper into teaching. Read more>>

Timothy Brammer

I’m super excited about this project because I’ve been working really hard on it for a few months now, and I can’t wait to share the world my story. I hope this inspires people to want to create something amazing for themselves! I care about my artwork, and I like to keep it genuine when I’m choreographing. Read more>>

Sam Newton

I am a freelance travel videographer that focuses on visual storytelling. My goal is to change the way my generation thinks of travel videos. As of now, the majority of travel videos are of people bragging about their lifestyle instead of telling authentic stories. I use my humor and filmmaking ability to share my story with the world on Instagram and youtube. Read more>>

Tosca Rivola

My craft is cyr wheel! The apparatus itself is a life-sized steel wheel that the acrobat brings into motion using various movements and poses. I would say it’s one of the harder apparatuses to learn and perfect – and is still relatively unknown outside of the cirque community. My skills are strong, but I see people taking cyr wheel to new levels every day, which inspires me to press on. Read more>>

Angela Gilmore

I am a part-time photographer as of right now; eventually, the dream would be to take this passion Full time! I am a firm believer of body positivity, family, and that love you can’t live without; romantic or platonic. Natural light and Golden hour are my go-to’s. Read more>>

Mari Dickelman

I used to occasionally do acrylic paintings. Sometimes at classes, and other times just at home. But the first time I did face painting was at my daughter’s school as a volunteer. That’s when I discovered the ‘mirror moment.’ It’s when someone first puts their eyes on their own face and realizes what they look like. Their entire face smiles. I love that. Read more>>

Khoa Truong

I’m a wedding & elopement photographer, and I’m blessed to do what I love for a living. I love all things weddings because capturing couples’ happiness brings me joy, and being able to give back those moments is the most fulfilling feeling. Read more>>

Sean Daugherty

I found out my true passion and love was in telling stories and sending strong messages through film and video. So in 2017 I quit my full-time job, went back to school, started a Film Club on campus and dove head first into the film industry around San Diego. Read more>>

Sergio Sanchez

My personal work as a fine art painter focuses on my perceptions of present-day life and is influenced by my memories growing up in two different worlds: Los Angeles and Mexico. My goal is to continuously record new experiences. Read more>>

Joy Boe

I have worked in the field of Social Services, supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live fully integrated lives in the community. I saw a real need for more diverse programs that are built around socialization and creative practice, as opposed to forced employment or adult day care, basically. Read more>>

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