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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.

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>>

Geena Crawford

I took the first major step towards becoming a professional photographer when I decided to include it as one of my majors at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before then, I did not ever think about photography as a profession, just something that I had an interest in. Read more>>


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