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Thought-Provokers: Point Loma & Shelter Island

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 Point Loma & Shelter Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Joanne Newman

Draw something an adult can recognize and the accolades get you hooked. Oh, and not to mention all of the colors! Artists can crave those like sweets. “Tripping-out” on an art project is really my happy place. Read more>>

Otto Lai

I started my professional career in New York as a modeler on MTV’s “Celebrity Death Match” back in 1998. Then got into children’s television as an animator on Nickelodeon’s “Little Bill”.  Read more>>

Renee Tay

It is a rarity to have had such an ideal childhood and growing up here in San Diego in the 1960’s was the best. We spent most weekends at the beach while my father went diving for abalone. My parents were encouraging and supportive of my love of art. Read more>>

Lovejoy Creations

Lovejoy graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2003. Her goal when leaving Savannah was to earn a living as an artist and to be creative and active every day. She then spent the next seven years developing her style with the palette knife and bold use of color in Sedona, AZ. Read more>>

Stray Monroe

Drawing influences from bands like The Strokes, Oasis, and Twin Peaks, San Diego indie rockers, Stray Monroe, is a high energy outfit blending the boldness of Marilyn Monroe with a desire to push the boundaries of popular music. Formed in 2016, Stray Monroe is: Blake Imperl (vocals/guitar), Brett Kelly (bass), Colin Croft (drums). Gigging all around Southern California and Mexico, the band prides itself on its energetic live performances and humble nature. Read more>>

Billy Economou

Ever since I was a little kid, I was drawn to photography and taking photos. The mere fact of being able to freeze a moment in time has always been fascinating to me. My love for photography has evolved to telling stories and showing people and places in a unique perspective. Read more>>

Amy Pachowicz

In 1986, I had my first painting class at Columbia University. I finished college in 1996 with a minor in Studio Painting from UCSD. My first solo show in San Diego was in 1999 and my last solo show was in 2010, in Joshua Tree (with about 20 shows in between). After college, I worked as a decorative painter and a yoga instructor. Read more>>

Noriko Zaragoza

I grew up in a very strict Japanese household and my parents believed that success meant going to college, getting a degree and working for a big corporation. They wanted to me to make a decent amount of money in order to support myself then eventually, find a husband that could take over the financial responsibilities so that I could become a full time housewife.  Read more>>

Jarred Roberts

I grew up in a family of gospel singers. My mom plays guitar and taught me how to play when I was about 12. When I was about 18, I was able to coerce a bunch of my best friends at the time to play in a band with me and we called our music WOOD & STONE (a quote from Plato’s Allegory Of A Cave).  Read more>>

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