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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.

Kari Powell

Growing up on the water in Maryland my spirit has always been drawn to the ocean, so it was an easy decision to move to San Diego when I was 17. Looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I attended the Art Institute and have my bachelor’s degree in interior design. Read more>>

Magda George

My art is an explosion of an emotions and an intellect. Sometimes it is settled, an energetic or another time is wild. My inspiration is the nature and the people. At the nature I’m trying to notice the natural beauty, what usually are left unnoticed by distracted people. Read more>>

JJ Moore

I grew up in Ventura and my friends and I loved to create stories together. Now none of what we did was really any good but it’s some of my most favorite memories. This is where I started drawing and has since become the core of what I want to do. Read more>>

Rosanna Barr

I am a South African Photographer living in San Diego. I have always loved to capture the moment and immortalize that moment – to be reflected upon and shared for years to come. Photography allows me to capture the most precious of moments – whether it’s a glowing mom to be, or a brand new newborn baby that the world welcomes or a families special moments together. I love to share my artistry with all the wonderful people I meet through my photography. Read more>>

Shawna Parks

I will never forget the first time I took photos of a high school senior. A friend of mine didn’t like any of the photos from the high school, so she asked me to take some shots of her daughter. We went out into a field with a borrowed orange crush velvet love seat and the girl’s Australian shepherd puppy. I walked away from that photoshoot with a huge grin on my face. It was amazing. Read more>>

Kathleen Kane-Murrell

Art did not feel like a career choice when I was growing up in San Diego. I went to college at San Diego State University and earned a BS in Marketing. But, the one art class I took has stayed with me over the years since. When my children started school, there wasn’t an art program. I was asked to start one. I knew how to train and teach from my business experience.  Read more>>

Zachary Sawchuk

I started my journey with photography in high school with my original Canon Rebel. I took intro to photography and fell in love with taking photos. I never took photography too seriously until I got into college, since I had so much extra time. I upgraded my gear by purchasing a Canon t3i and soon after, upgraded to a Canon 6D.  Read more>>

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