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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.

Yana Tinker

My story begins in Soviet Russia, where I was born. My dad photographed for fun. Some nights, he would turn our little kitchen into a magic machine, a dark room where he developed his photos. I would beg my parents to let me stay up late, just so I could watch him work and see the incredible process. Read more>>

Galina Richardson

I was born in Volgograd, Russia and has been drawing and painting ever since I was a young girl. Growing up, I was also interested in languages and I ultimately sought a formal education in the field of linguistics. Read more>>

Indi Williams

Well where do I began ?! Hello everyone I am a freckled faced southern belle from Rocky North Carolina living in Los Angeles ! So my town is an extremely small town where everyone knows everyone. I feel like I have always been “different” when it comes to expressing my creative side, because I have a very wild imagination, but for a long time I just had a very hard time expressing myself. Read more>>

Arisha Povolozkaia

I’ve felt passionate about photography when I was 18 at university. I went to photo trip (camp) and met my husband who was a professional photographer at that time. He tought me everything he knew and since then I’ve started my journey as photo artist. Read more>>

Mike Filanc

I’m come from a audio visual background. I shot video in high school for the A.V Club. Studied Studio/Broadcast Recording in college. Recorded music and made made music videos since I was a teenager. Got into Parkour and Free Running after college. Read more>>

Tom Pazderka

Tom Pazderka (b. 1981, Czech Republic) is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher and writer. He holds an MFA from the University of California Santa Barbara where he was a Regents Fellow and was Artist in Residence for the 2016/2017 academic year. He is currently a Community Artist at the Squire Foundation of Santa Barbara. Read more>>

Christian Garcia

Like most people I would take photos on my phone and these concerts, now I would always tell myself not to get carried away. I believe the true experience comes from actually being there watching it with your own eyes not through the eye of the camera. But, I would try my best to get at least one good photo. But, I started thinking that there had to be a better way and noticed the people behind the barrier. I wanted to be them, I wanted to get close to the musician I wanted to capture them with an actual camera and not a phone. That’s what I did. Read more>>

Leona Darnell

My desire to create something more — more unique, more personal, more in depth and more special — drove me to endlessly practice, rehearsing lighting of all types and mastering shooting angles, not so much for the parents and medical people, but for me. I must be unobtrusive in those precious moments, but in place to capture the historic images so the family can cherish them and their memories. Read more>>

Linda Rodriguez

What I hope to bring out through my art is feminine energy healing and plant some seeds of compassion and unconditional love not just for one another, woman & man, but everything in the natural world as well. Read more>>

Carson Lynn

Even since my first computer, I’ve been creating digital art. I was utilizing basic pre-installed programs to create artworks in middle school, and in high school, I started to experiment with photo-manipulation using images I found online. Eventually, I figured it would be more advantageous to take my own photographs, so I started to pursue photography. Read more>>

Alexander Chistov

Art has always been a part of my life. I decided early on that I wanted to turn my passion into a career. I moved to Los Angeles, California as a teenager and the city has influenced my artwork since. While attending Fairfax High School aerosol art captured my interest and I pursued it. Read more>>

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