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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.

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>>

Robin Bigge

Mine starts by accident. If you asked me three years ago what I planned on doing with my life I would’ve replied with “no idea”, and definitely not Photography. Read more>>

Monique Hoppe

Photography is where my heart is. I invested in profession gear and education – my goal was to learn as much as possible in the least amount of time. Read more>>

Karen Alleluia Agbuya

Art was always something I’ve gravitated towards for as long as I can remember, but it was also something I spent most of my life avoiding as a career. Read more>>

Lisa Selenschek

I was raised around the nail industry. For the past 8 years, I’ve been working my way through it. I started after I graduated high school, “doing nails” was just a way of earning money on the weekends, but still able to focus on school. Read more>>

Dean MacAdam

I’ve been an artist/illustrator for about 25 years if you’re counting from after art college (I went to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale). But I like to say my career actually started at around 13. I was a paperboy in Nova Scotia (Canada) and on my route, I had a customer that new I could draw. Read more>>

Angelo David Russo

Angelo David Russo aims to change the way people experience surrealism by creating textured and sculptural mixed media paintings with surrealist and cubist influences. Mentored by Leopold Plotek at Concordia University. Read more>>

Mark McField

I first became interested in visual storytelling in high school. My friends and I would record us doing random things throughout our day and eventually that led me to study video production in college. Read more>>

Sofia Putrino

A lot of times you’ll hear people say they “always knew they wanted to be a ….” Well, I didn’t really always know I wanted to be a photographer. Actually, my major in college was International Security! Read more>>

Noé Olivas

I strongly believe in the words of bell hooks from her book Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope: “Education as the practice of freedom affirms healthy self-esteem in students as it promotes their capacity to be aware and live consciously. Read more>>

David Kuhr

My Uncle Cass was an art teacher and calligrapher. Every year for Christmas he would send out cards with incredible calligraphy for the addresses. Read more>>

Jenny Collen

You can really capture how people feel about each other when they forget there’s a camera on them. This was a new type of storytelling for me. I felt way more connected to telling love stories than I had with any other form. Read more>>


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