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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.

Bianca Navejar

Once I started freelancing as a makeup artist I thought I’d put my photo skills to use and take nice photos for my portfolio. Well that turned into being a photographer full time! Read more>>

Benny Chiu

Sometimes people see the potential in you before you do and my wife was the main reason why I am following my passion today. With her 100% support and intuition, I left my engineering career of 15 years and changed to a completely different path into wedding photography. Read more>>

Satnam Narang

I’m a poet and a rapper. I started writing poetry when I was in Junior High school. It was part of the curriculum, but I enjoyed it so much that I continued to write even after I finished the class. Read more>>

claudia Verciani

I love painting and being fully immersed in all forms of art. Life seems to be more colorful and vibrant (pun intended!) I feel that this is my calling in life. Read more>>

Jared Mandell

I’ve always had a creative bent, but my journey to being an artist has been a long and winding road of sorts. I grew up reading books like they were candy and somewhere around the age of twelve I realized that I had a passion for writing as well. Read more>>

Banana Bugz Photography Sara Borman and Hanna Campbell

Together we started Banana Bugz Photography in 2011 after talking about how “fun” it would be to have a business together photographing babies. Read more>>

Daniel A. Rivera Echeverria

I grew up ambiguous to the term, “Artist.”  I heard the word at a young age, and was called one by teachers and classmates in elementary, but I never knew the meaning and its potency. Read more>>

Coastains (Eugenio Martínez & Carlos Javier Porras)

We have both been producing music since teenagers, with our bands mostly, and that’s how we met back in Venezuela on 2007. After the massive emigration in our country. Read more>>

Emily Sparks

Having been in the service industry for most of my adult life, I wanted to translate my passion into making everyone that I work with feel incredible, both in person and on camera. Read more>>

Robin Johnson

I moved to Laguna Beach to attend an art school there and started designing for a contemporary gallery in town. All of these influences just started coming together and I realized that painting is what I wanted to be doing I just hadn’t known how to get there. Read more>>

Lauren Willard

After some time reflecting (and A LOT of painting my feelings) I realized flowers had always been a theme in my creative process, my life, my heart! I’ve never pursued any life path with as much passion, drive, love, and care, as I have floral design. Read more>>

Tarrence Sanderson

Virr is a singer/songwriter from Jacksonville, FLA. He got his start in music by singing in the choirs around town. He never received technical training and drew inspiration from artists like Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and others. Read more>>

Alice Akiyama

The art of photography has given me a chance to express my artistic vision through images and storytelling and something to talk about at family gatherings during the holidays. Read more>>

Melissa Rey

You will never make enough money from photography to have it be your only source of income. Your photography isn’t good enough to get recognized. You must go to college in order to be successful. Read more>>

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