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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.

Ariel Lee

Ever since I was young I drew. I remember as a kid I would finish my homework and then start drawing icons that associated with the assignment – just for fun. My parents saw my interest and were quite supportive. When I was eleven, my dad took me to a local oil painter where I began learning how to paint. Read more>>

Joseph Gerges

As my animation company tapered off, I found myself being drawn back into using my hands to create work traditionally and fell in love again with my first love, painting. Once I graduated grad school, I jumped into the art scene full steam with two solo shows in Los Angeles and Atlanta in 2007/ 08. Since then my work has shown in numerous museums and institutions nationally. Read more>>

Harvey Del Rey

I picked up drawing again and with a lot of hard work and self-promotion on social media. Currently working on my legal status so that I am able to travel and showcase my work to anyone that will give me a chance but until then. here I am! Read more>>

Brett Crawford

Art was my escape during a chaotic / violent childhood. When everything was chaos art made me happy, it was the one thing I felt I was good at. Those early years turned to drug addiction and time in and out of Jail. I wasn’t able to make art for many years, because I was a drug crazed lunatic. I never thought, I could be anything more than that. Read more>>

Desiree’ Irving

I opened up an undying thirst to express myself on artistic levels and attain depths that I had not yet tapped into. I dabbled with small photoshoot projects, hair shows, demos, etc. 2016 was the beginning of new horizons: I was published in my first international project – FashIzBlack Magazine (Paris). Read more>>

Qais Al-Sindy

Being a successful artist in Iraq, and I used to have two good galleries there, I found this fanatic act of erasing my mural as indirect threat. as well as, an indication of limitation of the space that I can represent myself as an artist with deep message in life that I want to convey via my art. Read more>>

Andres Owens

Music has always been the center of my life in every way, but I think the most interesting part of my own personal music is how much it’s changed in the course of my life. I started – probably around the age of 13/14 – making like kind of acoustic. Read more>>

Anita Silvestri

Like most artists, I have always loved creating things, but it was chance that led me to find my calling as an artist. I was married with three children and living in a small town in Kansas when I was asked to take part in a federal program. Read more>>

Renee Bones

I decided I wanted to be a creative director and a commercial photographer. I haven’t looked back or doubted my journey since. Working multiple freelance jobs and going to school to finish up my photo certificates was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’m so happy and excited to see what the future brings. Read more>>

Hugo Rivera

I’m a contemporary, figurative artist. My childhood was shaped by the fact that I was born into an extremely creative family full of singers, musicians, craftsmen and painters. Not to mention that my father who was a topographer engineer always allowed me to use his working materials such as pencils, rulers and paper. Read more>>

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