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Thought-Provokers from the Valley

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

Christopher Stewart

After years of exclusively working in black and white, somebody gifted me an assortment of acrylic paint. Even though I had the paint in my possession, I was scared to try out this medium I’d never used before. To be honest, I was scared I wouldn’t be any good. The moment I finally put paint onto a canvas there was no going back. Read more>>

Natalya Serebrennikova

When we arrived in crowds of lost and tired people, the suitcases ripped and spilled onto the brick red Brooklyn streets. In the years since then, my family and I have been looking for the parts of ourselves which we lost when we became migrants. Read more>>

John Troxell

I remember taking my first photo in the mountains. There was a light snow falling alongside the lake, my composition in this photo spoke to me for years after that. I always remember as a child ripping pages of magazines out and creating this “wall of images” from Guess models to James Dean. Lines. Artistic lines. Structured lines. Read more>>

Paula Castleberry

I spent a lot more time in my car and on the phone than being creative, so I got very burned out. I left to go back to school for Graphic Design and started teaching a couple Window Display classes at FIDM, while I learned Digital Media and Computer Graphics software. Read more>>

Misty Marie

I grew a love for entertaining at a young age and moved towards it with every chance. I began classes at Seattle Children’s theater around 5, while also competing around the country with ice skating. Auditioned into advanced theater in Freshman year and obtained my BA in theater- concentration Acting for the Camera at UNLV. Read more>>

Angela O’Neill

Angela’s background is in classical music, originally an orchestral oboe player then singing with a couple SF jazz groups where she was born in Calistoga…now Band Leader and singer for the Outrageous8. A few years back, Angela had the good luck to volunteer to sing with a company called the Pay it. Read more>>

Stephanie Satie

I traveled, studied languages, taught and realized I could morph into anyone I listened to for half an hour. Who could write the roles I wanted to play? I started to write for myself, solo plays. The first one was semi-autobiographical, an “all about me” piece, but pretty soon I realized I’d rather slip into the skin of others braver and unlike myself. Read more>>

Megan Frances

I didn’t know the kids that well. We were sitting around the table wearing our party hats and one of the parents asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. It struck me as really interesting when almost every girl said she wanted to be a princess. Read more>>

Steven ‘Guero’ Charles

My entire family was so baseball/softball oriented that I don’t think dance or music had ever crossed their minds in terms of school or extracurricular activities. Because of this I basically fell into baseball. I played ball for about 12-13 years starting at the age of three and played on and off until about 16 years old. Read more>>

Mark McKnight

Art was life-saving! It gave me license and agency that I don’t think I would have found otherwise. I was introduced to photography via a high school photography class where we learned to print black and white pictures in the dark room. I have been working with photography ever since. Read more>>

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