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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.

Melissa Martinez

I run Vegancitas on my own doing custom orders, and the demand has been drastic since 2017. With veganism on the rise, more people are spreading the word, as well as organizing pop-ups and being participating in events within OC and LA. Read more>>

Sincerely Art

I really want to help people feel like they’re not alone because that’s something I struggled with most of my life. Like they can find beautiful things even in the darkest of times, and that is why my art is so vibrant. Read more>>

Melissa Beck

Whimsy and humor is an important aspect of experiencing my work. In 2015 I moved back to SoCal to be closer to family and outdoors more, but NYC will always feel like a second home. Read more>>

James Lee

Music I write for myself is very personal. It’s like opening up my brain for the listener. But the project with Neko was very intentional, not so much of a stream of consciousness. I flew to Sweden with hopes to write something that could make people happy. I wanted to get out of a rut, and I am so grateful for Neko to really helping me heal. Read more>>

Curt Merlo

I have been moving away from that and not relying so much on the clever concepts. The main challenge is that the art has to communicate a complex topic very quickly, that can be difficult when the topic is complex and abstract. Read more>>

Remi and Tori Sullivan

We got married and moved to California 2 weeks later with no jobs and not really knowing where life would take us. One of our biggest strengths and also possibly weaknesses as a couple is our spontaneity. We’re always open to letting life lead us rather than us attempting to lead it. Read more>>

Adriana Zagorsky

I believe my balanced mix of creativity, good business sense, and people skills have allowed me to follow my dream. I am happily running a boutique gallery in Solana Beach, CA along with the help of my recent addition of an art director/manager. I am currently representing five other artists in addition to selling my own work. Read more>>

Kathy Harder

While building my ranch, I always took art classes at Saddleback College. My ever constant thought was, should I be building my ranch or painting? It has now turned out both go hand in hand. Read more>>

Joash Berkeley

I was fortunate to start my career early through internships during my time at SCAD. After graduating and moving to Los Angeles, I began freelancing as a 2D designer and animator for clients in LA and remotely around the US. Read more>>

Ed Carlo Garcia

A recent accomplishment, my photos also won at www.probeauty.org in 2017 NAHA competition and got finals in 2019 in the nail fashion category. In addition, I’ve also started videography because there so much that movement and audio that adds to the story. Read more>>

Nancy Roux

The most important lesson I learned in art school was how to see. Once you get it, everything else falls into place. The most important lesson I’ve learned since then is to follow God as he shows me where to look. He never disappoints. Read more>>

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