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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.

Gabriel Lucido

I started out working on Chapman University short films with my brother Anthony Lucido who was a student there. On the side I was also working on comedy videos with my friends for our high school and making music videos. Read more>>

Leigh Ann Rowe

I’ve been shooting as far back as I can remember as a creative outlet, while traveling extensively and working in the investment and real estate corporate world. When I was younger, I kept the photography business as my side-hustle. Read more>>

Monnie Aleahmad

I’ve been an actor/artist for around 15 years now, but only started seriously pursuing an acting career about 5 years ago, mostly in Chicago. I moved to Southern California about a year and a half ago to really focus on an “on-camera” career. Read more>>

Jared Funk

I am looking for ways to combine my interest in nature photography with my interest in photojournalism to both support myself, and work to create positive change in the world. Read more>>

Monique Dao

I’d spend much of my free time hiking everywhere, and eventually, I came to the point where I wanted to capture each moment I’m out there. And so, with my love of art and nature coming together, my desire for photography was born. Read more>>

Jose Candelas

I strongly believe that my passion for music has led me to shoot both photography and videography because it places me in a creative zone where I can envision different ideas in my head; especially during the editing process. Read more>>

Steve Adam

I’ve always had the painting gene but spent my 30-year professional career with the trade specializing in architectural restoration. I opened my gallery almost 3 years ago in beautiful Laguna Beach and I’m loving every minute of it! Read more>>

Chelsea Jane

Though still rebellious and sometimes insubordinate, the apprenticeship introduced direction and discipline. I had always loved tattooing, the history and it seemed it might be a good fit. The apprenticeship was rough. Read more>>

Michael Newberry

Art integrates senses, emotions, and thought. The sublime in art elevates our sensory experience, heightens our emotion and can tap our emotional potential, and furthers our knowledge. The sublime in art can also give us a moral, a stance towards living. Read more>>

Lori Sitterding

I’m self taught for the most part and started Sitterding Photography to try and make a little business out of it; shooting lots of portraits and events. Sometimes food even. But landscape/sunset photography is where my heart is. Read more>>

Jeremiah Klein

My photography as an art form really took off after to working in a photo department of Surfing Magazine and being exposed to so many amazing photographers. Read more>>

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