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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.

Hannah Rose Murphy

I’ve always known I wanted to be an artist. However, going to art fairs when I was young, I thought that being an artist meant that you’d have to sit in a hot tent all day in hopes of selling one painting. Read  more>>

Natalie Stromwall

Creating something meaningful and beautiful from nothing allowed me to express the feelings I didn’t always have the words for, and that has stuck with me ever since. Read more>>

Kenneth Dolin

Most people pose for the camera. My job is to get them to stop posing. I do this by being a part photographer, part life coach, part clown and part provocateur. It’s an unusual approach. It can be very intense. But it’s also fun. Read more>>

Shana Stern

I have always been compelled by music to move. I started dancing at three and it was always the thing that gave me the most joy out of life. Even at age 42, I was still taking two dance classes a day, six days a week. Read more>>

Brian Thuok

There was little that appealed to me as a kid: I hated academics; I was a terrible student; I loathed sports. The only thing I ever wanted to do was draw X-Men Characters, watch Sci-fi movies, and play Metallica covers on guitar. It wasn’t until I took a commercial art class in high school that I discovered that I could have a future as a creative. Read more>>

Holly Jo

My dad and his dad conspired to give me Grandpa’s film camera and see what would happen. 10ish years later my camera is my bonus limb and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more>>

Richard Gayler

I was extremely interested and involved in art when I was a child. The first time I realized that I had talent was in 4th grade when two school district employees in grey suits enthusiastically praised my drawing of a polar bear laying on a block of ice. Read more>>

Magnolia Lafleur

Magnolia Lafleur was born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and Omaha, NE from a Panamanian mother and Trinidadian father. Her early years were riddled with the arts, sports, writing, reading, travel, and a moralistic direction from two University professor parents; a combination that added to the philosophical narrative behind her art. Read more>>

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