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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.

Amanda Parris-Astramskiene

I’ve always loved creating – whether through writing, photography, or filming – and yet, I’ve often found myself too shy or too afraid to pursue it. I was worried that others might judge me, or that I’d invest my time, energy, and heart into a project just to have it turn out poorly. Read more>>

Rafael Larin

My love for photography goes back to my teenage years when I took a photography class in high school. I had a very encouraging teacher and that makes all the difference. Years later, as a marketing and public relations consultant, I was working with a client that knew of my photography skill. Read more>>

Dale Voelker

Feeling trapped in church as a young boy, I was always fascinated with the artwork. Specifically, “the Stations of the Cross” (the steps leading to Jesus being crucified). They were usually abstract in nature, sometimes wood carvings or stained glass – Read more>>

Danny Canales

While I was there I would dabble in Photoshop and a friend of mine (Aaron Kim) saw my work & told me I should consider taking some design classes. It took some convincing, but I finally decided to audit a class. I loved everything about it. Junior year of college-I signed up and took two years of classes. Read more>>

Jasmine Davis

Originally I began with painting and music. Eventually I picked up photography around the time I started high school. From there I went on to major in photography in college and reviewed a BFA. Read more>>

Nina Tran

My journey as a calligrapher began when I picked up a pointed pen for the first time at the end of 2014. What had started out as a DIY project with my best friend turned into so a discovery of a whole new world! Read more>>

Pablo Unzueta

Growing up into a creative environment wasn’t instantaneously inspiring to begin. I first became interested in photography at the age of 17 when I bought a digital camera. Throughout my life, I have been around musicians, painters and photographers. Read more>>

Nathaly Bonilla

I’m an illustrator and a tattoo artist from Venezuela. I initiate my career at age 15, drawing children books in Latin America. In 2010, I won the National Book Award for my work as an illustrator in my home country. Read more>>

Jon May

I love design, and I love working with people that understand it’s value. I still freelance all the time and am always looking to take on new projects, work with new people, and learn new things. Read more>>

Odd Animal

Ben and I have known each other for years. Since just after high school.. Ben moved out to LA going to school for music but had his 9 years fill of living in LA and the valley and moved back home in the summer of 2017. Read more>>

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