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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.

Mike Martucci

I have always had a love for the visual arts-especially photography. I began working on the technical side of film and television and enjoyed a career in this industry for over two decades. Read more>>

COLLIN SALAZAR

As a self taught artist, without any academic training, my story doesn’t begin in the “conventional” sense. I started out life always creating, building, or drawing on anything I could get my hands on. Read more>>

Michelle Kingdom

My initial interest in hand embroidery began while in college, where I studied traditional fine art. This was around 1990 and the art world was dominated by work that was oversized, highly conceptual, ironic and impossibly clever. Read more>>

Sam Sheik

I started producing most of my work on canvasas of all sizes. To this day, grafitti art is still the number one outlet for my emotions and brings me joy and satisfaction. Read more>>

Scott Froschauer

Today, I do some large scale fabrication for artists but I’m really focused on my own art. I’m finding a lot of success with my re-contextualized DOT Street Signs. I’ve installed them in cities all over the country, including grants in LA, Glendale and Laguna Beach. Read more>>

Sansa Asylum

I have been a traveling musician and performer most of my life, and am now doing a one woman magic show. I began playing lead guitar in a psychobilly band as a young teenager, but eventually got my start as a tap dancing accordion player in a circus vaudeville show. Read more>>

Jill Dowell

My life has always been swimming in creative pursuits. As a young child my parents would present me with a new package of modeling clay each time they returned from having gone out, to appease me. Read more>>

JET JAGUAR

Most of my inspiration came from local heads and a lot of photography that was coming out of Asia at the time. Currently living in Los Angeles as a freelance photographer. Read more>>

Mariana Tosca

Mariana Tosca is an actor, producer, portrait photographer, social activist and a longtime vegan. She starred in Christmas in the Clouds opposite Graham Greene, M. Emmet Walsh and Wes Studi. Read more>>

Stephanie Entin

My life took other twists and turns and I became a dietitian and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting and modeling career. I have always admired the photographers and DP’s, with loads of curiosity about the process all the while being on the other side of the camera. Read more>>

Jess Atkinson

I grew up in a small beach town where I discovered my passion for the arts at a young age. As a child, I was fortunate to have hippie parents who encouraged me to run free in nature and use my hands to build and create art. Read more>>

jennifer pochinski”

I spent the next tumultuous ten years trying to paint myself out of poverty as I wound up living and going through a divorce in Greece with now two children. Thinking I would need a more stable job, I studied Interior Architecture in Athens which I actually loved. Read more>>

Savannah Hayes

Growing up, I was heavily inspired by my mother. She was a professional photographer when I was around the age of 12. I was fascinated with her whole process of the skill. Read more>>

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