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Thought-Provokers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Michaela Jean Upp

My father (who is also an artist) began teaching me the fundamentals of drawing at a young age. Keeping with my love for the arts I graduated with a B.A. in History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and participated in several studio courses during my undergraduate education. After years of moving between cities and exploring different art related careers I finally decided to pursue my true passion of creating my own art. Read more>>

Stacey Kammerer

After getting a degree in International Business and Marketing, I didn’t feel like I was meant for the regular corporate world. A few years later, I decided to take a chance on myself and pursue photography. Read more>>

Michaela Jean Upp

I love experimenting with different media, techniques, and concepts. I see magic in the little things, by exploring the world and ideas through color and form. I am especially interested in the natural world and landscapes, and the night sky, which I find to be a beautiful and mysterious setting. Read more>>

Gretchen Weidner

I became an artist when my Grandmother died. We used to sharpen crayons with butter knives in her 60’s styled kitchen, then she would submit my coloring pages to the local grocery store art contests telling me I won first prize every time. Once she passed I couldn’t let that joy die so I continued to paint. Read more>>

Jackson Gray

On a hike with a group, I fell into step with a man who asked me what I would do if I didn’t have to work for a living. I said I had always wanted to throws pots. I thought it was rude when he laughed. He said, “You don’t know what I do for a living, do you?” – I didn’t. “I manufacture potters wheels. ….I have a prototype you can have as long as you use it.” Read more>>

Michelle Bowen

I feel so fortunate to have learned the amazing art of photography from various teachers, classes and programs throughout the years. I also understand many different elements that go into taking just one photo and attribute that to my years of working with film. It is a little different than digital and teaches you so much about setting up that perfect shot. Read more>>

Nothing Special

Nothing Special started out in 2013 as just Alex Georges (drums) and Erik Anderson (bass) who had locked into a groove through years of playing together. Alex met with Kevin Cremin (rhythm guitar) and Peter Kissin (lead guitar) through their graduate program and the four members shared a vision to play “party music” and started a few months of jamming. Read more>>

Reina Amo

Growing up in the Middle East for more than ten years, Reina is a 25-year old photographer, entrepreneur and a marketing professional hailing from Cebu, Philippines. She is now based in San Diego, California completing her MBA. She is passionate about traveling, amazing food, music, photography, business planning and strategy, beautifying things and writing. Read more>>

Sarah Zimmerman

I’ve always looked at the world around me as pictures but never thought, I could really create a livelihood out of that. Then I met my husband and after a stressful day at the office, he asked me a question that changed my life. He asked if I could do anything in this world what would I do. My answer made me realize, I needed to just go for it. At that point, I bought a camera and started constantly shooting.  Read more>>

Scotty Cottrell

I spent over a decade of my life living and traveling over seas. In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of calling 6 continents home and visiting over 70 countries. San Diego was the first place that absolutely stole my heart and I’m so stoked and honored to call these beautiful beaches and city, home.  Read more>>

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