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Orange County’s Thought-Provokers

Southern California 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 Orange County that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Dylan Bonner

I grew up in Michigan and have always wanted to create artwork for Disney since I was a kid. Lots of drawing princesses on my homework assignments. Made me super popular growing up. That’s false. Then after high school, I went to Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL where I majored in Illustration and minored in Visual Development. After college, I applied to every position I could and was rejected by all. Read more>>

Channing Cook Holmes

Always been a kid of curiosity, which lead to the creative outlet of who I’ve become. Once I figured out the breakdown of mechanics of items or functionality of how things are put together and built, I started cutting out the middle man. This was the birth of my co. C. HOLMES COLLECTION. Fashion, Music, Art & Design. Read more>>

Mia Araujo

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, and have always loved reading and creating my own stories. My twin sister and I grew up making art together, and went to Otis College of Art and Design, where I studied Illustration and Creative Writing, and she studied Fashion. I exhibited my work in galleries across the US and around the world for the first several years after art school. Read more>>

Alex Hahn

I am originally from Orange County, CA and grew up with both my parents being musicians. My dad plays saxophone and clarinet and is a music educator. My mom is a classically trained pianist and teaches music therapy. So because of this, I did not want my career to be music. It was not until my senior year high school, where I started to get very serious about music. I had an epiphany right before I had to make my college decision that I should study music. Read more>>

Jack Antal

I started shooting photos from a young age and have just always gravitated towards a camera. My mom’s quite artistic so I think a lot of it comes from her. Growing up in coastal Southern California, I was always involved in action sports and was always intrigued by taking photos of my friends, no matter what we were doing. It all started with just taking my camera everywhere with me, shooting photos of what I was doing and who I was with. Read more>>

Sevda Koci

I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. My first and most vivid memory was when I was five years old. In pre-k, we put on a show for all of our parents and we had to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. While most of the students dressed up as doctors, astronauts or firefighters, I knew instantly I wanted to be an artist. So I nervously walked onto the stage wearing a black beret. Read more>>

Frankie Hildebrand

I remember sitting in my managerial accounting class, knowing absolutely nothing about the test sitting in front of me. I hadn’t studied at all because I had just spent the last week living my double life near San Fransisco crashing at Jaquory Lunsford’s (best friend & now Co-Founder) house. For about 15 months, we learned how to manage brands & influencers at a fast pace agency focused on influencer marketing and content in early 2016. Read more>>

Melisande Martin

I wanted to find a creative outlook within the music industry. Sadly I am not musically talented at all, so I looked into doing something else. Low and behold I found photography. It has been my life ever since I turned 16. Slowly but surely, I met some amazing people and grew my work. Read more>>

Fashion Jackson

All of us have been playing music together in some way or another since middle school. We reconnected around 2016 and started Fashion Jackson. We produced and released our first EP that summer, and spent the next year and a half grinding in first our local San Diego scene, then further around Southern California. Towards the end of 2018. Read more>>

Boss Dog

I am a creative free spirit named Boss Dog with a clothing brand of the same name. I live with my wife Sam and our two dogs Bud and Hulk in 29 Palms on the border of Joshua Tree National Park. Sam and I have scrapped thru enough tough times to have a good sense of humor, patience, and hard work ethics. We’re loyal to each other and our dogs. Read more>>

Nicole Yang

I’ve always had a passion to make things with my hands. When I was younger I would try to create these “masterpieces” out of whatever materials I could find. I used fabric, sticks and rocks, coins, strips of glue and my favorite: clumps of flour-balls my grandmother would give me from her pre-baked loaves of bread. Read more>>

Theresa Dedmon

I believe the moment I first saw lines connect to a picture I could create, I fell in love. I found a way that I could communicate that went beyond words. Throughout my early life as a child and adolescent, I saw the power of art transform the walls of my house. There wasn’t a place I could go where shapes, sculptures, and paint were not found. Read more>>

Mojtaba Mirshekari

Over my undergraduate studies, I started watching movies more seriously and I found my passion for storytelling. Especially, the works by Stanley Kubrick and Jean-Pierre Jeunet captured my attention. I vividly remember the first time I watched Clockwork Orange. I was mesmerized by the visuals and Kubrick’s point of view towards human psychology. Read more>>

Jeffrey Siegel

I fell in love with clay the first time I sank my hands into it. I was 16 years old and a student at Culver City High School. My artistic soul was awakened. Working in ceramics is a blending of physical and emotional elements while feeling the restorative characteristics of clay. I find working in clay captivating, rewarding and challenging as each piece develops with subtle differences in form and design. Read more>>

Retro Hills

My story began in Paramount, a city just south of Los Angeles. I was born two months premature, with immediate lung complications so I was rushed to Memorial Medical Care Center in Long Beach, where I was raised and am currently living there today. I’m grateful to the Long Beach hospital because my mom always tells me that if she had given birth to me in her homeland. Read more>>

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