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Thought-Provokers: North Broward

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 North Broward that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Carol Porta

Tapped deep into photography when I got my first dream job at a company creating virtual tours in the hotel industry. It was until I became a mom that I fell in love with memory making. Motherhood has shown me how fast kids grow even after I heard it a million times before. I found in photography relief to hold on to those moments and live over and over most of my favorite first times. Read more>>

Linda Behar

Interested in learning new materials and methods for her work, Behar decided to study a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in printmaking at the Florida Atlantic University, from which she graduated in 2014. Behar has actively participated in biennales in Venezuela and the United States with numerous awards and honorable mentions. Read more>>

Joao Paulo Goncalves

My friend’s mom would hire me to do things in their home from basic painting to more artistic designs. I then took a couple years of architecture at college in Brazil, and when I moved to the US, I opened my own business doing residential decorative paintings. I always loved art, and it came very easy for me, but there came a transitional moment when I got sick of only doing art to please others. Read more>>

Community Couch

We play punk rock songs to cry and dance to. We’ve been called bummer pop, sad punk, and folk punk. We pull influence from bands everywhere from Straylight Run to Rancid to Loretta Lynn. We sing songs about feeling bad and feeling better, being proud of your queer identity, and unapologetically loving yourself and loving others. Read more>>

Matt Sabarillo

When I was in middle school, my art teacher came up to me and said: “Matt you have a gift, one day you’ll be an amazing artist”. I never really let that sink in being a teenager, but looking back at it now my projects were always picked to be showcased or were considered one of the best of the class. I am a self-taught artist born in Toronto Canada, raised in South Florida. Read more>>

Irsia Khan

I’ve been seven years old, but I finally practiced the actual fundamentals a little bit in high school. Though we focused on still lifes, I wanted to apply myself to be able to draw my favorite characters in any pose I chose to do. I went to undergraduate at Nova Southeastern University for criminal justice. Read more>>

Giannina Coppiano Dwin

I drew throughout my whole life and looked at art whenever was possible but did not pursue a career in art until I was going to college. I was studying for a different career when one semester I allowed myself to take some Art classes; there was no return after that. I wholeheartedly found what I, unknowingly, had been pursuing all my life, Art. Read more>>

Kamyla Oviedo

I’ve always known I wanted to make a change in the world and it was going to be through fashion. I found in fashion and style a great therapy for bad days and even huge depressions. Once I accepted the woman I wanted to be, what I wore helped me externalize it even more. I am a courageous and confident Colombian girl that wants every woman to feel the best of themselves. Read more>>

Orlin Stoyanov and Marc Sternberg

The musicians are Marc Sternberg on vocals, guitars, harmonica and keyboards as John, Jack Maravell on vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, and piano as Paul, Orlin Stoyanov on vocals and lead guitar as George, and Louie Diana on drums, percussion, and vocals as Ringo. Read more>>

Haskel Auguste

I haven’t always thought of myself as an artist, I just thought I was good at makeup. Sometimes we are so focused on what the exterior world is expecting from us that we don’t take the time to evaluate ourselves and recognize our God-given gifts and abilities. Read more>>

Nerissa Balland

My Cancer diagnosis awakened my soul and rekindled my neglected love affair with art. Art has a way of healing. I now use it to inspire viewers to listen to their voice within that is eager to be heard. I have many roles in life. I’m a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, artist and cancer survivor. Read more>>

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