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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.

Carolyn Purnell

I grew up as an only child on a cattle ranch in rural East Texas, and writing was how I passed the long, lethargic afternoons. The habit stayed with me, and writing became something that I couldn’t do. It was just a part of my daily life. Read more>>

Angie Donkin

I grew up in a musical family with my parents and two older brothers in San Francisco California. My parents raised me on classics from the 60s and 70s mostly and I started singing and dancing at 3 years old. Read more>>

Emily Brody

I am currently a student at California Lutheran University. I started off as an exercise science major and spent a year taking all science classes when I realized that I was going crazy not doing something that expands my creativity. Read more>>

Kailey Bray

I was destined to be the weird one. Thankfully, my mother knew where the weird kids lived and signed me up for the theatre camp. This led to years of dressing up, writing stories, and playing pretend. Read more>>

Eusong Lee

I was born and raised in Ulsan, South Korea – a port city with easy access to mountains and the ocean. When I was 13 years old, I moved to Toronto, Canada to study abroad. My family stayed in Korea and they still live there. Read more>>

Bechir Sylvain

I was born in Boston Mass, raised in Haiti left when I was 13. Grew up in Miami, went to college in Dallas. Moved back to Miami for 2 years. Left for Los Angeles California with 200$ in my pocket to follow my dream. Read more>>

Janell Crampton

There was this one number in “The Great Mouse Detective” where a girl mouse sings in an underground bar to all the mice convicts (movies were GREAT when I was a kid). It starts off sweet and innocent then builds up to a more sultry brassy style. Read more>>

The Swells

We started with Matty and our previous drummer as a two-piece (Drums, Guitar). Jason joined a few months later playing baritone sax, filling in the low end. About a year later, Wyatt recorded our first single and started playing bass with us. Read more>>

Ryann Lecklider

I suppose I was drawn to Los Angeles just over 13 years ago by a what-if mentality and not much more. My whole life, I only ever wanted to be a singer/artist. But I can’t say I moved here ready to tackle a music career. Read more>>

Diego Rodrigues

After the disbandment of my last band, “The Ombres”, I was on a mission to start playing music again. Our old bassist Matt DeMartini and I started writing music in the summer of 2018, soon after, we started to piece together the band. Read more>>

Valentine Louafi

I am a French papercut artist. But it has not always been the case. Here is a short story. I have been working as a graphic designer for big companies for many years until I realized that it was not what I wanted to do in my entire life. Read more>>

Rachel Rambaldi

My dad walked out of the picture at an early age, my mom raised me all on her own and my sister was always better at school than me. Photography was the only thing I felt I could do well, that I could get lost in and feel good about. Read more>>

Efajemue Etoroma, Jr.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I grew up in a very musical household, my mom played piano, my dad played guitar and sang, and my two younger siblings played multiple instruments. Read more>>

Susan Hannon

I gravitated to art as many children do. “You were three when you could color inside the lines- so strange!” my Mother would remark. I would always be involved in making art. At age 10, I dug out the sticky yellow clay from under the topsoil in our garden. Read more>>

Jesse Smith

I started dance at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in my hometown of Arvada, Colorado when I was 12. I trained in jazz, modern, ballet, locking, and breaking. I trained there throughout middle school and high school, dancing up to 35 hours a week. Read more>>

Shelly and Jason Snellman

Jason and I have the privilege of being individual artists who are married to each other. Though we have our unique tastes in the various art forms, we are fortunate to have art as a common theme in our lives. Speaking for myself (Shelly), I come from a theatrical background. Read more>>

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