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Mid Wilshire’s Thought Provokers

LA 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 from in and around Mid Wilshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Nicholas James

Beautiful landscapes, plants, and nature? Yes! But I also love being able to capture unseen, often overlooked parts of life. To turn something that most people walk past without noticing, into a piece of inspirational art. Shining light onto otherwise dark parts of our world. Read more>>

Kaylee Soohyun Lee

Living in the United States as an Asian woman was a completely new experience for me. For the first time in my life, I started wanting to talk about myself through my artwork, a real woman living the real world, who has a lot of flaws and vulnerabilities. So these days I try to talk about myself and my emotions through my work. Read more>>

Chaz Guest

Never having a plan B, forced me forward. After 30 years now, I’m very happy; however, the search continues… investigating continues, pushing continues. Picking up pieces in my world travels to Africa, Japan, Mexico Europe, feeds the inspiration completely. Read more>>

Reggie Becton

Being born in San Diego has made me always feel drawn to California and watching reruns of Saved by the Bell: The College Years each morning before school grew my desire to move at a very early age. Read more>>

Karim Meg Moutry

I found myself filming more than I was skateboarding. Year after year, I began filming a lot of different things outside of my skateboarding world and thats how I became who I am right today, a self-taught filmmaker who will always try new things. Read more>>

Eddie Cohn

I went on to release three records but thanks to Napster and Spotify, the music industry was going through a dramatic shift. People weren’t paying for music anymore, and since touring is so expensive, I found myself searching for new ways to express myself. Read more>>

Berta Moreno

I do create every day. I create in the dance studio, in the yoga studio, in the classroom, in the kitchen, in my relationships. I feel like we are all artists in some capacity, we just have to open up the avenues to express ourselves. Read more>>


Put together the music for my routines myself, using favorite songs or scores, and that was when I fell in love with film scores and the magic that comes from the fusion of image and notes, as well as movement. Read more>>

Jenna Carlie

To create a platform where people can speak up, talk about their stories and opinions, generate light for topics not openly discussed and have their voices heard. In addition to exposing the unhealthy messages and imagery depicted in media. Read more>>

Freeman McFadden

I started with my neighborhood, shooting everything and anything I could within the 24 frames. Eventually, I began shooting family gathering and constantly cutting off everyone’s head in the picture frame. That persisted for a little while, but I grew to understand the camera. Read more>>

Rachel Lewis

The week before my interview to be a substitute, I was contacted by an older, more established friend who was looking for a photography intern at a small start-up company called FabFitFun. I quickly volunteered. Read more>>

Silvia Pangaro

I started my photography journey attending fine art photography classes in 2009. I quickly discover my passion to photograph people and I purchased my first pack of flashlights. I started to photograph people, learning about skin retouching, posing and light technics. I graduated as a makeup artist from Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry in Florida. Read more>>

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