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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.

Aly Talaea, AmadeusRockBand

I started a rock band with my brother in Alexandria, Egypt in 1998. At the time, there was a big government crackdown on rock music, for cultural and religious misconceptions. We revamped the rock scene along with other bands in a decade of rigorous acts across the country. Read more>>

Analicia Benavides

I’ve felt that I have always had to work harder to get where I need to be, so I push myself in everything that I do now. I do whatever it takes to get things done, and that perseverance and determination has made me into the artist I am today. Read more>>

Michael Ward

Antiques had always intrigued me, and fountain pens were very fascinating. This led me to trying to improve my own handwriting. (I had fairly nice writing at the time, but it didn’t have the character or precision of others work I had seen. Read more>>

Young Patches

One Man Band from New York singing about his travels and characters met along the road to Los Angeles. Young Patches started as a bass player for various acts. He has toured Russia, the US, and earned a semi-finalist spot on America’s Got Talent (2012) with his band “The All Ways.” Read more>>

Britta Raci

I think the unique part of my “unique story” is the simplicity of it. I grew up in the heart of Los Angeles, wrote a song about my hamster dying when I was 8 years old, and never stopped writing songs after that moment. I hid away from my musical side, and wasn’t too vocal about performing in front of people. Read more>>

Dalton Cyr

LA is my place now- and for a couple years I’ve been able to share my songs and stories with others here, and portray some great characters on the screens as an actor (Pretty Little Liars, Silent Life, Time Toys). Read more>>

Carly Steward

I never really thought about being an artist until I was an adult. I loved photography in high school but I never envisioned it as a career. I thought that I would become a lawyer because I loved watching the show Matlock as a kid. Read more>>

LaDell Bligen

I believed that photography was one of my callings. I moved to CA to learn more and get a bachelor’s degree in digital photography. Not only did I believe that saving a moment by capturing it was cool but making others feel beautiful through photography was the goal. Read more>>

Evan Galiffa

Like so many before me, I fell in love with film at a very early age. It was the one thing that kept peace in the house. I come from a big Italian family — I’m one of 8 boys — so movies, TV, and video games were the few things that could keep us all quiet. Read more>>

Clara Gargano

I’ve always love drawing. My first memory is of me in preschool, at two years old, drawing a character from Biker Mice from Mars, favorite cartoon ever. When I was a young we moved around a lot with my family, Mexico, Venezuela, Australia, Qatar, Italy, and being a very shy kid. Read more>>

Roman LC Martinez

I work in many mediums: film, photography, illustration and design. My work is a product of what I ingest daily. The people I meet, the dreams I have at night – my conscious and subconscious ebbing and flowing, taking in information and relaying it visually. Read more>>

Madison Cunningham

Music was a hobby for me. I’m making a career of it wasn’t on my mind, but knew that I wanted to it to be a significant part of my life somehow. Flashing forward eight years, I was at the Namm show (of all places) in Anaheim when I met a producer/hero of mine named Tyler Chester. Read more>>

Krista Parada

Art was something I was always drawn to. It was my escape from whatever was troubling me. It was just a natural hobby I picked up. As a kid growing up in Pomona, I wasn’t really exposed to the immense world of art and what it offered. Read more>>

Sarah Mulligan

It’s funny because I never in a million years thought I could be an artist up until about 10 months ago when I started working for my friend and fellow metal artist Omar Wysong from Topanga Patina. Read more>>

Teresa Rodriguez

I’m a photographer from Castaic, California. I’m 36 years old. I graduated from The Art Institute with an associates in digital photography. I’ve been married for 13 years and have three children. At the moment I do freelance photography which includes events. Read more>>

paula hutchings

My affinity for abstract composition was nurtured at UCLA in undergrad and graduate studies. An intense study of French language furthered my pursuit of literature and modern philosophy, which was to enter my work later in a pronounced fashion. Read more>>

Peter Fox

Went on to work in movies and TV for the next 20 years. Was artistic director of the Alliance Repertory Theatre in LA for 16 years. Am a published playwright. Taught film direction at UCLA. Read more>>

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