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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.

Breauna Abiad

As I got older, I started to question my identity, and by the time I got to high school, I thought it wasn’t okay for me to be an artist as I’d compare myself to my peers, who didn’t know art was essential or cool. At lunch time, my friends would discuss chemistry as I’d pay more attention to the wind and shadows every cloud cast over our school’s mountains. Read more>>

Jasmin ‘Jámmin’ Guillén

Now we’re here! I’m alive, breathing in love, light and music, breathing out compassion, honesty and creations. My journey is far from over and I still have so much to learn. I plan on staying true to myself and loving as much as possible along the way. Read more>>

Maria Granberg

At a young age, I fell in love with horses and I started riding at seven years old. One of my biggest dream was to be able to have my own horse. Fast forward to age 14 I got my own horse and my passion for showjumping quickly grew. I started competing and trained everyday. I use to take a bus everyday after school for an 1 hour and then walk 30 min to the stable. Read more>>

Jovanni Mixco

It started with constantly drawing as a child. Which then found itself with love for movies and video games. And that love moved into music. And I just slowly began to realize that It was art as a whole that I love. I don’t know If I can I say I love one medium over the other since they all seem to feed into one another. My father always seemed to surround me with art. Read more>>

Eva Rabin

As a child, I would have said I wanted to be an artist. As a teenager, I would have said archaeologist. As an adult, I would repeat an artist. Growing up, it was tough for me to express myself. The act of making allowed me to express what I couldn’t say, but I didn’t realize this until college. I entered college, planning to be a Classics major. To balance out my academic load, I took an art class because, at that time, I thought art classes were easy. Read more>>

Elin Khachikian

I like to say I’m an artist by nature. I’ve been doodling and drawing for as long as I can remember. Art has always been my favorite form of self expression, it’s always come to be so organically. I always knew I was going to be involved in the arts one way or another. Working professionally as a designer allows me to bring in that creativity into my daily work. Read more>>

Marianne Amelinckx

I was born and raised in a small city called Merida, located in the northern part of the Andes. It’s a beautiful place surrounded by mountains, lots of college students and tons of places to party. Being Andina and also being Venezuelan means that while I might be shy at first, I will also show my personality and confidence just a few minutes after we meet. Read more>>

Thalia Anahi Sanchez

I have always been on the move since I can remember. Moving school to school, city to city, even out of state. It was fun for a while, but I always craved a home, somewhere where I could plant myself. Art was and always will be an escape for me. It was my universe. I learned about myself through art, how I can create myself and destroy myself and recreate myself again. Moving from so many schools and different parts of the US. Read more>>

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