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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.

Katie Ruiz

Even though I have always been an artist this school taught me to see and paint in a new way. I focused on composition, color, and narrative in my work and created the series of blanket paintings I am most well known for today. Read more>>

Melanie Vesey

I started my journey as a Dancer because I saw the TV show FAME and then I LIVED IT!! I moved to NYC from Royal Oak Michigan and went to the Juilliard School as a Dance Major!! Read more>>

Shannon Shankland

Music was always the way I related to the world. And to myself. It was how I processed emotions and connected with others. I got my first walkman (the cassette tape kind!) when I was six and I had my headphones on literally all the time. Read more>>

Sujey Iribe

I started my lettering journey as a fun hobby and a way to reduce stress; however, it quickly turned into a passion project and something I love to share with others. Read more>>

Eliza Laleian

I always knew that creativity was to be a part of my journey but photography wasn’t always at the forefront of my mind. My desire early on was to teach and after years of schooling and training, I realized that dream. Read more>>

Jonathan Brown

I don’t know how unique my story is but I’ve been working in photography for at least half my life. I started in High School as 1 of 2 yearbook photographers. Back then we had to know how to shoot and print, so I spent a lot of time in the darkroom as well as behind the camera. Read more>>

Gina M

Today, my own artwork embraces a sense of whimsy with a dark side. As a child, nurtured by puppets and their puppeteers, my affinity for the anthropomorphic helped me cope with and accept the divorce and divide of my family. Read more>>

Christine Han

My parents supported my love of art, and though I studied another subject in undergrad, I returned to focusing on painting soon after. At SAIC I was forced to challenge each of my actions, to consider the numerous voices with mostly opposing opinions, and to reason and accept my decisions. Read more>>

Leo Maglalang

My photography journey started on a trip with my wife to Alaska, that one magical night we saw the Northern Lights and really wished I had a decent camera with me. Read more>>

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