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Thought-Provokers: Miami Beach

Miami 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 Miami Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jenni (Summer) Tolman

I discovered my love of photography while I was living in New Zealand. I am originally from Colorado, but I love to travel. Often times my photographs are stronger memories than my actual memories, so I used photography as a way to capture moments to remember later on. Read more>>

Alina Zamanova

My name is Alina Zamanova and I am an Artist and a Fashion Illustrator, who explores the gap between art and fashion and erases the boundaries between ugliness and beauty. My art consists of traditional artworks/paintings to scribbles on fashion photographs or fashion clothing. Read more>>

Louise Parsons

I am from London England, living in the States now for 12 years. I love it. But at first, the change of location, the change of pace, the unknowns and the uncertainties challenged my thinking…. a lot. What I really wanted to do was become a painter. Not long before leaving the UK I had returned to college and received a master’s degree in Art and Education. I had originally trained in textile design, teaching art in state schools and art colleges for several years, but I knew where my heart and hopes were taking me. Read more>>

Dayni Baker

I started in the fitness industry in 2003 as a personal trainer. I decided to compete in my first fitness competition in 2006 as a Figure competitor. I won our state competition and then went on to compete at the Australian titles coming 3rd place. I then backed this up in 2007, again winning our state competition and going on to compete again at the Australian titles, this time coming 2nd place. It was an amazing journey and I learnt so much about myself- how capable I was, how mentally strong I was and with determination, self discipline and consistency any thing is possible! Read more>>

Breen Halley Miller

After spending years in public relations and marketing, I realized my true creative calling was event design and production. I was able to align myself with the incredibly talented team at TOCA Events, who allowed me the freedom to flex my creative muscle in an educational and supportive environment. Read more>>

Suzy Kellems Dominik

OK, mother of two remarkable young women, world-class athlete, lady angler and dedicated patrons to the arts and social causes. Simply put, it was a matter of “if not now than when”? I felt compelled to share my voice through my work. Read more>>

Jayoung Yoon

In 2005, a year before I moved to the USA, I attended a retreat in South Korea. I was introduced to many different forms of practices. I learned the practice of fully inhabiting the present, clearing the mind, and recognizing our duality. It was a turning point for the way I think about art and life. Read more>>

Niki By

I am over 7 years in the Wedding industry, but since I move out from Houston, TX it all started to bloom. I successfully created By Niki Photography Team with two photography bases in Miami, FL, and Houston, TX, hiring professional photographers in both towns. Read more>>

Kyle Holbrook

Many childhood friends died from gang violence I had many near-death experiences by the time I was 20 I had a daughter went to art school started my business and have been doing my art for a living since. Read more>>

Jessica Cohen

At age seven I was given my first camera. It was a disposable, for a family vacation. My father thought I was taking pictures of nothing and was shocked to find beautiful images on the roll of film. After that, I always had a camera with me. Not much has changed since then. Except obviously, a lot. Read more>>

Edwar Simal Chang

I was born in the 1972 in Caracas, Venezuela. Since the mid-’70s, I have memories that my father was a lover of photography and despite not being a professional in the area, he was torn between being a banking executive and amateur photographer. He had his own cameras and even his little darkroom. I was growing, but not developing that passion for photography, after all it was just a hobby that my dad enjoyed making family photos. Read more>>

Blake-Anthony Johnson

I’m an Atlanta, GA native who was a self-taught cellist until attending college. I attended Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate studies, subsequently getting my masters, and artist diplomas abroad in Europe and here in the US. I often fail to realize how much has happened the last ten years until I really sit down and think about it, but it has been a rewarding journey thus far. Read more>>

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