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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.

Celeste Byers

While I was in college studying illustration at Art Center College of Design my dad asked me to paint a mural on his gigantic airplane hangar. It took me a month and during that time I’d paint in the morning and take flight lessons with my dad’s friend in the afternoon when it got too hot. Read more>>

Molly Watson

If someone would have told me ten years ago that I would be an artist and freelance designer, I would have politely smiled in agreement and then had a hearty laugh about it. I’ve been a maker my entire life but wasn’t until a few years ago that I considered myself an artist. Read more>>

Ricky Franklin

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a graphic designer. When I was young, I drew quite a lot, but never thought art was something I would pursue as a career. But I’ve always had this desire and need to create. Read more>>

Margaret Gonzales

With a love of color, I started experimenting with colored pencils, pastels and eventually acrylic painting. One day I stepped way out of my structured comfort zone and threw together a bunch of my favorite colors on a large canvas. Read more>>

Leslie Pierce

I enjoy using different mediums much like different musical instruments to create my work. In the past, I was very well known for a series of photographs titled, “Penetrations” in which Nude Male Life Drawing Models were painted Metallic Silver and afterwards in the studio, pictures of skyscrapers and buildings. Read more>>

Kim Belverud

I have always had a creative soul. Growing up, I loved dancing, painting, and calligraphy, but photography is what brought me the greatest joy. Although I took photography classes in high school and college, it still remained a hobby. Read more>>

June Rubin

My extensive travels to Bali and beyond have greatly influenced my art. I also rely on dreams and daydreams to inspire themes in my paintings and mixed media works such as “diamonds in the veins”. I enjoy using whimsy and vibrant colors in my work. I recently finished the June Rubin “World of Cats” 2019 Cat Art Calendar which includes a different cat for very month. Read more>>

Nicole Keel

Photography is something that has always drawn me in. Even when I was young and before I could afford any real equipment, I was the girl carrying around a disposable camera making sure to capture every memory I could. I felt like it was a way to freeze that moment in time. Read more>>

Garrett Goodwin

The ocean and the clouds inspire my day to day life. I am a free thinking builder who chooses to listen to nature and the conversations that happen when things provide a challenge. I am happy to share with the rest of the world my experiences in Art. Read more>>

Lauren LeVieux

My story, in a way, is just beginning. My goals are clear. I have the time, the education, the vision and the art studio to work toward my dreams. My family moved to France when I was 15. That is where I discovered art, literature and language. Read more>>


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