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Pasadena’s Thought-Provokers

LA 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 Pasadena that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mariya Pyter

Inspired by the tradition of American cinema I moved to Los Angeles to continue my development as an artist. In 2016, I completed the Directing program at UCLA Extension. One of my latest films “The Dead are Silent,” is based on the novel by Arthur Schnitzler, whose other novel, “Rhapsody: A Dream Novel,” was the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” Read more>>

Leon Lee

I spent my free time drawing despite being a very active and outdoorsy kid. It was this brief time in Houston that nurtured my desire to be both creative and active, as I was encouraged to participate in multiple club and sports activities. That passion and drive carried through high school, where I would represent my school in track and field and win multiple awards at both the district and national level. Read more>>

Phoenix Mendoza

I found this nearly impossible to do at the shop I was at. I was the only woman in a space dominated by men, many of which were actively misogynistic, racist, and homophobic. I didn’t feel safe there, and I certainly didn’t feel comfortable inviting my clientele there, considering the majority of the folks I tattoo are also LGBT women or WOC. Read more>>

Calixto Oviedo Mulens

Calixto Oviedo is a Latin Grammy-nominated artist (2000 La Rumba del Siglo) and is endorsed by DW Drums Gon Bop, Eduardo Montano ej Sticks drums, Aquarian Drums heads, and Soultone Cymbals. Calixto has had the opportunity to play with numerous internationally known artists including Ray Barreto. Read  more>>

Po Yan Leung

I always imagined myself as the protagonist of fantastical stories, full of excitement, mystery, and even a little danger. These colorful childhood memories are the power source of my creativity. By tapping into that wonder and fun I had on my childhood adventures, I want the characters in my creations to invite us on their delightful quests into the fantastic unknown. Read more>>

Nick Holmes

Somewhere in the middle, I moved from Kansas to Los Angeles to be with the rest of the people who needed something more from their upbringing. Pasadena has been my home for twenty years and I love it so. My successes as an actor and as a photographer wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else. What a town. Read more>>

Zayda Love

I personally choose each item and hand print them with a beachy California style. This has allowed me to bridge the gap between what is considered nerdy and cool! My shirts make great conversation pieces and have connected me to other bookworms from all over the place, even as far as Italy! I am able to give a voice to others by enabling them to share their love for books and hopefully help prevent bullying at the same time. Read more>>

Joan Laidig

I love how the process of making ceramics, from beginning to end, is so interactive and full of surprises. The clay often has its own ideas as to where and how it wants to go. So, I find I have to develop a cooperative relationship with it to succeed. And, of course, the glazing and firing bring other forces that shape the piece, leading to an outcome so unique I had only a part in its creation. Read more>>

Cindy Duong

I grew up in an environment where everyone else was always telling me what to think and how to live my life. I grew up with conservative parents and I am number 5 of 6 children in my family. I spent a lot of time and energy trying to be perfect to keep my older siblings and parents happy. Someone always opinions as to how I could be doing better as a daughter, student, or human. Read more>>

Jordan Kelly LoGiudice

I was always that kid whose house was considered “odd” but awe-inspiring because it was filled with this eclectic mish-mash of retro-inspired pieces, rooms with themes in inspired by the Wonderful World of Disney, models, and props leftover from jobs my Dad worked. I mean, who hangs a disco ball in the kitchen? My family. I’ve always been creative. Read more>>

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