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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.

Amber Vavro

I was super inspired by that and could feel the need to express my creativity again. I made friends with a fellow traveler/artisan who lent me pieces of wire and a pair of pliers and showed me some very basic jewelry making techniques. I immediately knew I needed more of this. I quickly went to the local ferreteria to buy a pair of pliers and some copper wire. Read more>>

Joshua Moreno

My grandmother tells me that when I was around three or four, I would entertain myself in the living room for hours drawing, coloring, or constructing things using toys and objects around the house. Growing up, I spent a lot of time outdoors with my cousins building makeshift shelters, riding bikes, and shooting at random things with bb guns on our family ranch. Read more>>

Manuela Lendoyro

I always felt the need of creating something. My school did not offer any art courses, and when I searched around for ones that did, I was constantly discouraged to pursue an artistic career. They all said that there was no future in what I wanted. So, it became quite an internal battle that I had, as a teenager, in deciding what to do with my life. Read more>>

Matthew Elton Smith

I have been playing music for as long as I can remember. I started drums at age nine and got my first gig at age ten, playing surf music with father at what was then called “The Del Mar Fair”. Since then I have been the leader and sideman of many diverse musical groups. Where I really cut my teeth on the drums was with my band of over 10+ years “The Skank Agents”. Read more>>

Lucas Zacharias

I’ve been to everything from massive events like EDC and Coachella to little underground festivals in the desert or even in the jungle in Thailand. After going to so many events and connecting with so many people you get an idea of what people like when they go to these events. Of course, everyone loves some catchy tunes and big chest-pounding bass, but another thing that draws people in is art. Now I never used to think of myself as a great artist. Read more>>

Raven Herschel

I enrolled into the Academy of Makeup and Fashion without any expectation or idea of how life-changing it would be. To this day, I am overwhelmed with gratitude knowing it was the best decision I made to unlock a purpose that started in my heart since I can remember… to help women know and feel how beautiful they are! Read more>>

Joanna Sutton

After experiencing a difficult breakup and trying to find myself again through art and traveling, I took 2017 and 2018 to cross some countries off my list and experience culture and God’s creations, in between full-time teaching high school math in low-income communities. In early 2018, I traveled to Tulum, MX, where I found a beautiful, bright, multi-colored, hand embroidered textile in a shop with a woman and her daughter, and I loved. It. Read more>>

Maek Ceramics

It was the first session of a ceramics class at Point Loma Nazarene University when this cute girl I only recognized from the soccer team walked up to me and said: “Hi, you don’t know me, but I’ve been to your house before.” It was just weird enough to pique my interest, maybe only it because it was accompanied by a flash of panic when she realized how many social constructs she had just obliterated, and that was the beginning of a friendship turned ceramics company turned marriage. Read more>>

Regan Strutner

If you’re wondering how I got into weddings specifically–well, that was a surprise too. I feel like it was at the brink of the wedding industry as we know it (made possible by affordable cameras!) Friends just started me to film their weddings. It turns out, they loved their films, and I enjoyed making them! I realized that I could pursue my non-profit passions and fund it (and the rest of my life) through the income of weddings. Read more>>

Edison Mills

I was accepted to the animation program at Laguna College of Art and Design in 2015, and during my time at school, my work became more focused as I honed my technical skills and developed the themes I wanted to express. I started selling my work at local conventions and online in 2016, and I’m about to graduate from art school and make art on my own! I’m very excited. Read more>>

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