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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.

Nathan Nowack

I pursued technology and business, having it lead me to California and eventually into the multimedia field. I still kept photography as a hobby and loved how it was changing. As DSLR cameras started being developed, I knew I had to get one. Read more>>

Drew Brophy

I’m a surfer that was looking for a way to travel and surf. I discovered, at a young age, that I could paint surfboards to fund my travels. That led into painting commissions and illustrations and a full time gig as an artist. Read more>>

Eva Mikhailovna

I started writing music at a very young age. I remember loving movie sound tracks, figuring out how to play them on our living room’s out-of-tune piano. Pretty soon, I was trying to write a sound track to my life. I always imagined strings paired with sad, distant melodies when I hit the notes on that piano. Read more>>

Ivan Fregoso

Ivan is a photographer and a musician who likes to share his feelings with the photos he takes with his camera, and with the songs he sings. He actually works in his project, named Fan-Art Productions with his Best Friend Estefania LoGu, who also takes photos with a similar style. Read more>>

The Heavy Collective Kimberly Duran aka “Shmi” and Bud Herrera ” Delt one”

The Heavy Collective is a Public Art Initiative Founded by myself, Kimberly Duran “5hmi’ and Bud Herrera “Delt.” We founded this back in 2013 and we each have over 10 years of experience painting large scale aerosol murals. Our medium of choice is aerosol, but we also have experience using brush. Read more>>

Maryam Khojini Rouhi

From the very beginning, I knew that drawing and painting were my lifelong passion. My continuous love for the female figure and portraiture has led to numerous drawings and paintings from live models. I work mainly in oils and capture the inner essence of the sitter. Read more>>

Jethro Astle

I was born to a white family, and they loved Jesus. So I started to love Jesus and listen to Radio Oz and Weird Al, but I heard about rap music, so I started to only like Jesus on the weekends, but felt bad during the week. My brother tricked me into thinking that CDs were a good thing to buy, so I bought my first CD: Read more>>

Mike Chun

I fell in love with the art of battle rapping which is how I got my hip hop roots started. I started gaining recognition on campus for competing at a high level, and eventually linked up with some local music producers which led me to my first studio session. Read more>>

The Caracals, Johnny Cisneros

I front The Caracals. I started the Caracals a little over a year ago. I was always in bands and thought that in order to play your music, you needed a band to back you. So I attempted to start one by looking through craigslist for members. Read more>>

Anne Salas

I hail from the Philippines – practically fresh off the boat, ish, having moved here to Orange County a couple years ago. One of the things that got sent to me by family was a used camera, straight from the Philippines. Back then, I had zero know how and money – I DIYed EVERYTHING. Read more>>

Victoria Masai

I haven’t always had a love for photography. Back in high school, my friends always used to say, “Don’t let Victoria take our picture. She’s terrible!” And honestly, I was. My pictures were blurry, cut off oddly, and were just flat out unflattering. Read more>>

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