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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.

Catie Rippin

I moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago to work in production on TV and Film. After 7 years in that industry, I felt like I needed a change and wanted to do something more creative with my time. While I was planning my wedding, I took a calligraphy class for fun and realized I really loved it. Read more>>

William Zin

My life has been quite a journey. I am Chinese born in Hong Kong but raised in Okinawa, Japan from 9yrs old till I turned 21 and came to California to study art. I graduated in 1990 at Cal State Long Beach with a BFA, in Illustration. Read more>>

Melodee Davis

I am not a fine arts major, I didn’t study under the great this or that and at one point I didn’t want to for fear of learning to paint in someone else’ style. I just want to take this feeling I have and use colors to express them and hope that someone sees it, understands it and it makes them feel good! Read more>>

Jeff Fieger

I enjoy incorporating both the dark and light sides to the exotic landscapes and scenes that I create. I paint on a wide range of canvas such as traditional wall murals, guitars, skateboards, surfboards, and clothing. I’ve recently found a new love for Graphic Design and am pursuing a career in that field. Read more>>

Alex Diffin

I’ve always loved creating – when it came time to pick a college in high school, I had already had a great distaste for school and picked an art school as a compromise to the requirement for higher education and my need to be creative. Read more>>

Allison Noelle Lund

The perfectionist side of me started to reveal itself very early on in life! When I took an enrichment class about calligraphy, I immediately fell in love! Once I saw all the swirls and twirls that could be made with a nib and ink, I knew I wanted to learn how to make these beautiful letters! Read more>>

Liz Erban

I was that kid with the pink point-and-shoot camera, taking photos of leaves, flowers, and anyone who would begrudgingly get in front of my lens. Looking back on those photos is kind of…cringe-worthy…but also pretty cute, too! Read more>>

Gopi Shah

My interest in pottery began in high school and continued with college courses in Boston and at local LA community colleges. After graduating college, I worked in health and environmental non-profits throughout LA. My partner got a job in Austin, Texas, and he encouraged me to start my business. Read more>>

Armando Guadalupe Cortes

We were a prototypical working class immigrant family with deep roots in their home country and new roots spreading here in the US. We continue to make the best of the opportunities fate affords us. What sets my story apart is how I choose to relate and make it believable. Read more>>

Enrique Manzano

I feel that capturing a moment in a photograph is like holding onto that place and time forever; in a world where time knows no rest, I think that photography is as close as I can get to holding onto that moment. Read more>>

Erik Jon Pedersen

Living overseas has also been a great resource for capturing photos that I would not have had the chance to otherwise. I’ve always been excited to capture moments that you can look back on. Of course being an enginer, I love the technology in photography. Read more>>

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