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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.

Yvonne Jongeling

Nail polish got me started. As a kid, I would scrape together a pocket full of nickels by cashing in bottles at Lou’s liquor store, then proudly saunter over to the Zody’s on Valley Blvd to trade my coins for nail polish. Every color of polish. Read more>>

Callie Wei

My name is Callie Wei, and I am a freelance concept artist born and raised in LA. Growing up, my parents often came back from work late into the night, so I was very fortunate to have had a childhood friend that is still my best friend to this date. Read more>>

Ariel Vracin-Harrell

I personally think my story is kind of weird. For starters, I started taking college classes when I was 12. I was accepted into an early entrance program at Cal State LA, where I was allowed to attend college classes over the summer. It was only supposed to be a temporary thing. Read more>>

Kris Rahamad

As I look at myself today, I go back to my childhood. To the beginning. To where it all started. From a very young age, I have been exposed to the arts and culture. My father, a visual artist, and my mother, a filmmaker, come from Malaysia and Colombia. Read more>>

Derek Jones

I grew up pretty normal -creative in the way that most kids are, but never with any particular aspiration to “become an artist.” LEGOS were probably my first major creative outlet. I would build everything except what the instructions told me to, bulk-ordering pieces to fuel my architectural masterpieces. Read more>>

Michael Ramirez

I started listening to music when I was a young child, maybe six to eight years old. My father turned me on to music and I haven’t lost the love for it ever since. I started playing guitar at 11, learning Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden songs. Eventually I got into heavier and more technical music and continued to develop my technique throughout the years. Read more>>

Elena and Olivia Ceballos

Our journey has been eventful, as well as uneventful if that makes any sense! We always loved drawing at an early age, and it was about the age of 7 that we wanted to go into the field of animation. The “animating” part of it didn’t pan out, so we delved into the more visual storytelling side. Read more>>

Bora Kyung Min Lee

I am originally from Seoul and moved to Northern New Jersey when I was 12. Growing up near NYC with parents who routinely visited art museums and theaters introduced me to Broadway musicals. It was the lightening moment seeing Julie Taymor’s animal puppets march down to “Circle of Life. Read more>>

Roniit Alkayam

My story started at a young age – playing piano and being generally obsessed with music all throughout my childhood. This evolved into starting my first band in high school and quickly realizing you cannot rely on others to be as invested or work as hard as you. Read more>>

Linda Chung

My parents were refugees from Vietnam and came to California in the ’80s to start a new life. Growing up, I was strongly encouraged to have a career in the medical field, but I was rebellious and decided to switch to art after a year in college. They weren’t exactly thrilled with my choice to be a creative and were not supportive for many years. Read more>>

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