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West LA Thought Provokers

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 West LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Anne Reburn

Oklahoma is my home. You can’t live somewhere for 20 years and not have it become a part of you. But I wanted something bigger. I bided my time waiting for law school to start (that’s another, longer story) and decided to take a semester abroad in Spain. The semester turned into a full year. Read more>>

Can Ahtam

To me, anybody can take photos of a street or an architectural beauty because it is standing right in front of you, frozen in space. A person, however, is a being that experiences constant change with various stimuli presented which makes the portrait extra unique and special. Read more>>

Corey Grayhorse

I taught digital photography at an after-school program in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and in 2010 exhibited in my first solo exhibition at AS220. From that moment on my love and passion for creating and exhibiting photographic fine art has been a steady force. Read more>>

Dillon Forte

It is my belief that the source of suffering is our false belief in separation leading to a delusional sense of division. Through beginning to familiarize ourselves with the archetypal structure of the universe. Read more>>

Lynora Valdez

Finding a balance over the past year has helped me find happiness through art and vice versa. The work I’m going to share with you today is a mixture of my commercial and fine artwork. There are images from Courtney Nichols’ ongoing fantastical dinner experience. Read more>>

Cori Elba

Changing your hair drastically really makes you feel FREE. I ended up going to the art store the following day to buy some clay & art supplies. I drew up some cartoons and began sculpting them. Read more>>

Katarina Benzova

I continue doing what I love and also trying to spread the love through my foundation MISSION 11 where we partner with non- profit organizations and artists to take on some of the most pressing and complicated challenges facing the world today. Read more>>

Nick Giordani

I wanted to create, but I was simply too depressed. I tried so hard to manage, but I had to rebuild my life, but again, music was there the whole time. I dug through my father’s record collection searching and longing for a connection again. Read more>>

Carly Lane

I bought my first guitar after hearing a song that was posted on a friend from high school’s facebook as her final goodbye to the world status. Really sad stuff, but I found comfort from dealing with difficult things in life through music. I didn’t do much with it besides learn songs that I liked to listen to. Read more>>

Noah Webb

There is always something new to discover and learn when you put yourself out of your normal, everyday space. That kid on the bike with the wide-open eyes is still pedaling and seeing what else is out there. Read more>>

Diana Mogulian

As soon as I decided to become a professional photographer, I already clearly knew what worries me the most! My works are devoted to the most anxious time in the life of a woman – this is pregnancy and newborns. Every pregnant woman is beautiful in her own way. Read more>>

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