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Thought-Provokers in the South Bay

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 the South Bay that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Blake Kuehn

It’s hard to answer this question without hearing Dr. Evil from “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” inside my head saying, “The details of my life are quite inconsequential: Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons.” My backstory isn’t quite so exotic. Read more>>

Gloria Gem Sanchez

I have always had a need to be creative and make things with my hands. I feel very grateful to grow up in a family that has always supported this and with parents that appreciated art. My dad was a creative- a photographer and writer. Read more>>

Carol Cottone-Kolthoff

I was born and raised in San Pedro which is a pretty unique place in the Los Angeles area. It is a working seaport and it used to have huge tuna fishing fleet. Slavs, Italians and other ethnic populations settled in “Pedro” because of the fishing. I am from one of these fishing families. Read more>>

Ellis Linehan, Jenny Hiney

We met in middle school. Right around the time roll-on glitter and “Yeah!” were super popular. We were always the friends who had the small digital cameras attached to our hands, documenting all the moments we could. Read more>>

Allison Sherman

I hope people see my work as an inspiration and are encouraged to pick up a camera, go outside, download and play around with photoshop/illustrator, and in general just live their live with an open and creative mindset. Read more>>

Jerry Peña

The main thing I want people to take away from my work is a new appreciation for the discarded and disregarded things and people within our daily lives. Things that hold beauty but are often overlooked because they do not fit within the context of what our society values. Read more>>

Paul Morris

I want to bring them into the world in full color, and celebrate various musical art forms and genres. I like to work in bright, happy colors. I hope people can hear the music in their heads and that the work fills them with joy. Read more>>


As an artist, my objective is to challenge people’s perspectives and long-assumed beliefs. I strive to convey messages of social justice and to foreground domestic and global conflicts, or at least offer a different way of thinking about them. Read more>>

Kenneth Rush Jr

After college I accepted a job at AT&T and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. I found out that I hated sitting at a desk all day and that my real love was still djing and music. I was offered a massive promotion to move to Wisconsin for a pay raise so I quit my job on the spot and stayed in Atlanta to pursue my DJ Dreams. Read more>>

Pae Yang

I came to art as a necessity. Prior to that moment, I had no exposure to art. In 1998, my younger brother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and passed away shortly afterward at the age of 15. After completing high-school, I started studying at UCLA. I was struggling with the idea of loss and trying to process it all. Read more>>

Phillip Martine Suarez-Hamilton

My Mother is from Switzerland, my father from Mexico. I was raised with my two younger sisters moving around the globe in a military family. Air Force Brats is what my mom use to say we were called. Everyone asked me “what branch does your dad serve in?” Read more>>

Brittany Mojo

I am an east coast native, growing up in Northeast Jersey just over the state line from NYC. I always was interested in making and NY gave me the perfect platform for exploring my intense aesthetic interests–largely outside of traditional art galleries and institutions. Read more>>

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