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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.


We were total opposites, so naturally fast friends. At the time our music tastes were too different, and our attempts at collaboration were short lived. We needed to go through significant growth as people and musicians, as well as gain the experience of numerous bands and stages before we would be able to write together. Read more>>

Megan Nager

I was very academic and was placed into a high-achieving prep school from the time I was five, so I used art and acting as an outlet for my creative energy. By the time I was around 12 – 13, I started to become increasingly fascinated with comedy. I would watch Saturday Night Live episodes from the late 1980s and 90’s and dream about appearing on the show. Read more>>

Suzi Yoonessi

My first foray into the arts was playing guitar in Buffalo’s first, all-girl Riot Grrrl band in high school. My DIY roots gave me a solid foundation for the creative thinking required in filmmaking. I studied experimental filmmaking in San Francisco with creative mastermind George Kuchar, and I lived in a two story garage that my friends and I transformed into a creative studio with red walls, a gold staircase, and a zebra print bathroom. Read more>>

Kristina Kralikova

Everyone has heard of a bohemian. As a concept, it stands for an artistic state of mind, and the courage to follow your own creative voice. Well, my background is in reality truly bohemian, since I am both from the physical area of the actual Bohemia; and certainly more important was born into the art society of Bratislava, Slovakia (one half of the former Czechoslovakia). Read more>>

Steve Teeple

I regularly test early Virtual Reality hardware and software to push the boundaries of digital art by utilizing VR tools in a professional artists workflow. I frequently collaborate with The WaveVR helping build the future of immersive concerts, have artist residencies with Google and Oculus, and currently focus on character/creature design and 3D concept art for the entertainment industry. Read more>>

Adi Halo

I would always draw. It was kind of my escape and coping mechanism from being bullied and feeling misplaced. And from the age of 13, I went to an adult art school that taught the academics of painting and drawing. That has molded my mind in understanding the science of painting and drawing. With my upbringing there, I also catered my mind to understanding how dimensional things are and there is just layers and layers upon reaching the truth. Read more>>

Regina Herod

I was always a maker, creating art out of anything that we had around from a young age. My father was in the military, and we moved a lot, which made it difficult to sustain lasting friendships in my youth, so I sought refuge in books and putting stuff together. Read more>>

Alyssa Lowe

A lot of people look at me kind of funny when they ask, “what do you do?” and I reply that I’m a calligrapher and hand lettering artist. And I know what they’re thinking because I thought the same thing… How is that a full-time job? Well, I certainly didn’t study for it–in fact, a lot of people ask if I went to art school, but I actually got a degree in sociology from UCLA–lettering just sort of fell in my lap… Read more>>

Ofelia Marquez

I had so much to emote but found it hard to find the energy to produce something. After some time, with the support of my family, husband, and friends, I started getting back into it. In 2014 I decided to apply to a graduate program to help me get over my anxiety when speaking about myself and my artwork while also considering teaching. Read more>>

Eric Son

I have taught a variety of art classes at the high school level for the past 12 years.  I can’t say it’s always been easy and rewarding.  In fact, there were many times where I’ve felt overworked and underappreciated.  However, it’s made me realize all the more that I need an outlet to express all the frustrations that come with life. Read more>>

Miya Ando

I lived in Japan and trained as an apprentice to a master metalsmith when I completed the training, I moved to San Francisco and starting making paintings on steel utilizing various metal finishing and surface transformation techniques. I work with various materials in addition to metal now. Read more>>

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