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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.

Samer Bakri

I was about 18 years old when I was a senior in high school. This is when I first started writing songs. I wrote a lot of bad songs in this time, honestly, but it takes a while to get a hang of songwriting. Soon after my senior year I moved to San Diego and started open micing regularly. I would do the mics at Lestat’s, Java Joes (when it used to be on Adams Avenue), and Rebecca’s. Read more>>

Tre Aces

I’m a 21-year-old producer, singer, rapper, and songwriter born in Seattle and raised in San Diego. I found my love for music around the age of eight when my father bought me a piano on Christmas of that year from always seeing me playing on them in stores. From there, I taught myself to play keys through trial and error and began curating songs going into the 8th grade. Read more>>

Diane Lowery

Sometime in 1992, my husband introduced me to glassblowing. We both had been successful in other artistic expressions in the past, and yet this medium seemed intriguing and so much so that he immersed himself in learning the craft. The further he went into his quest the more convinced he was that this was something that we could do together. Read more>>

Matthew Blake Haley Hill

We each had independent solo careers as musicians before we met and formed Girlboy. Haley Hill is a rapper from Northern California and Matthew Blake is a folk singer/songwriter from the Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina. We first performed karaoke together and had so much fun we decided to start writing. From that came Girlboy, which we call a soul-hop fusion band. We are releasing our second album, “Follow the Glow,” this September. Read more>>

Ashley Twymon

I’m in college with the declared major of Art Studio, and I was introduced to painting. I fell in love! I was given the opportunity to tap into things I never thought I would be good at and expanded my knowledge in its history. Deciding to continue my journey as an artist is the best decision I could’ve ever made for myself. Read more>>

Aaron Oswald

I began playing guitar and singing. This soon became an ongoing passion of mine. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Los Angeles County High School For The Arts (LACHSA), from 2009 to 2013. LACHSA is really the place where I gained the confidence to write and perform songs of my own. Read more>>

Remi Dalton

My work is largely influenced by the suburban upper-middle class culture I was raised in. I am fascinated by what people chose to share on social media, as these posts reveal ideas of success and failure within a social group that has few needs and infinite desires. Read more>>

Cassie Dobbins

After a long break from photography, I decided to get back into it with full force. It is truly my passion and I am happiest when I’m capturing beautiful moments, and making sure my client feels comfortable and confident in front of my camera. Read more>>

Amanda Ryan Schroeder

Creative expression has been a part of my life from a very young age. I am a San Diego native and was home schooled from 1st to 8th grade, which gave me the freedom to incorporate a wide range of artistic mediums into my daily learning. Heading into high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the arts and eventually landed on photography as my favorite form of artistic creation. After a long senior year of producing a personally meaningful and technically appropriate photography series for college applications, I landed an acceptance letter to the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design. Read more>>

Robin Przybysz

I knew I wanted to be an artist since I was seven. My dad dabbled in art and went to art school for a year or two, but wanted to teach his four children how to draw and paint. He uses to bring in wild flowers from the garden and set up a still-life for us to use. I was hooked! I still have the painting I did at age seven when I first knew I wanted to be an artist. Being the youngest of four children with quite an age gap, I ended up being alone quite a bit so I would entertain myself by making puppets out of fabric, dolls out of wooden spools and yarn, and interior spaces for my Barbie’s to live. Read more>>


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