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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.

Zyrille Samaniego

Growing up, I struggled really hard with self confidence. I was always on the heavier side. It wasn’t until the beginning of high school that I discovered how much I loved fashion and finding pieces to put together as an outfit. Read more>>

Karli Cadel

My experience as a performing arts photographer led me to find my passion for wedding photography. The joy I find in documenting the moments and detail of a wedding day, each and every one unique, is equal to that of capturing a story on stage. Read more>>

Lisa Michelle

At the age of 5 I began writing music. I was never sure where the passion stemmed from, but I knew I had found my first love. My family was very focused on my education and future, with no room for playful dreams of being an influential artist. Read more>>

Ariel Levine

It’s not always easy. The money doesn’t always flow. And yes, there are times when it is difficult to find the right balance between Ariel the working musician and Ariel the recording artist. Read more>>

Barbara Taylor

Art materials were always available and I was encouraged with art lessons as a youngster growing up in Montana. I have kept my hand in various art media through my career as a marine biologist first working with bowhead whales… Read more>>

Camille Quartz

I have remained a full-time professional portrait photographer/artist. I truly believe my talent is God-given and I’m blessed to have had so many opportunities to create portraits that hang in homes and are used on websites and social media. Read more>>

Kristen Pritchard

My artistic story has to start with when I moved to California. I was fresh out of college and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew is that I wanted to live in California. Read more>>

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