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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.

Christian Villareal

I’m a graphic designer and photographer for a studio specializing in brand identity. On the side, I’m a freelance event and lifestyle photographer. Time spent apart from that, and I immerse myself in creating surreal art. Read more>>

Justin Jackson

I believe that only by moving can you grow, that only by embracing the unknown can you accomplish the impossible. I thrive in moments of pressure and rely on my calm nature, as it helps me to be an active problem solver. Read more>>

Dan Petersen

I found myself living out on the west coast kind of miserable at the job I had been at for about two years. I realized it was the wrong career path and that all I was doing was putting off the inevitable: drawing for a living, to support myself. Read more>>

Alex Jordan

I began producing music right before I started going to college and it instantly became my obsession (had played guitar and piano for a long time before that). I knew I wanted to move out to LA to pursue music as a career. Read more>>

Vanessa Alcaraz

Creating objects with my hands has always been apart of expressing myself. I am fascinated with how art and creativity make me feel alive and inspires people to live with passion. I knew that my future career had to be apart of the art and craft legacy. Read more>>

Tomás Guerrero

Life is a circle, and as someone said, “more than the dream, it is the hope intensified by the dream “. A story, as I understand my scripts, it is a long list of smaller stories that enrich the following one and so on. Read more>>

Larinda Jungjohann

Ever since I was a little girl I had a camera in my hand. I saw things others didn’t. I saw beauty in those that didn’t believe beauty existed within themselves. That’s where it all started, I wanted to help tell peoples stories by showing them through my work that they are beautiful. Read more>>

Qiurui (Paul) Du

I have been involved heavily in art. Therefore, I can comfortably describe myself as a creative spirit. I traveled around the world and went to more than 20 countries after high school and hoped that I could find out the meaning of my life. This experience opened my eyes and made me rethink what art is. Read more>>

Amanda Dahlgren

Amanda Dahlgren is a San Diego-based photographic artist whose work opens dialogues about the way we live as a society and what we choose to value. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the US and in print and online publications. Read more>>


I started performing at a very young age, always drawn to the stage whether that be through music, theatre, musical theatre, or dance. Performing was a space in which I grew to feel very comfortable and most like myself — even if I was playing another character. Read more>>

Charlie Rae

Charlie Rae, an American Rock Music, singer-songwriter has crafted a name for herself on social media. Her recordings, along with her feisty down-home personality, has resonated widely with audiences around the world. Born & raised in Phoenix, AZ, Charlie has been playing and writing since she was 7 years old. Read more>>

Angelo Outlaw

I started school at SDSU with every intention of becoming an aeronautical engineer, but along the way I decided to get my degree in art with an emphasis in graphic design. This left me with an eclectic knowledge base and gave me a lot of opportunities to explore my creative side. Read more>>

Felix Semper

I think you are born with the gift to create art and As a young child I was always artistic,I wanted to be an animator but as I got older I was never able to pursue that dream, life took me on a different path, I got married and had a family got a job and forgot about my art. Read more>>

Alyson Lofgren

From way back to the days of disposable film cameras through the day I took the plunge and launched my business 7 years ago, I’ve always been the girl with the camera. I was blown away the first time a friend asked me to take couples’ photos for her on an abandoned railroad bridge in my tiny hometown. Read more>>

Kelsey Treviño

Initially, drawing was just my way of escaping reality. It was a hobby which provided me a space where I could hone my creative freedom in solitude. Nothing came more naturally to me than being alone and lifting a pencil to a blank surface. Read more>>


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