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Thought-Provokers: South 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 South Broward that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jessica D. Lilly

Art has always been a part of my life. I grew up watching my mother, who is also an artist, take on art jobs throughout the community as a side gig while she held onto her full-time teaching position and raised 7 kids at the same time. You can say that watching her has been one of my greatest inspirations. Today, I manage my art business from home while schooling my two children at the same time. Read more>>

Waldys Foubelo

While in Guantanamo I created a series of paintings using the few materials I had available. That was the first time I actually drew/painted an entire series and realized I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I was inspired by our own situation at that moment, our surroundings and our experiences. Read more>>

Susana Toledo

Growing up we always had a camera around and had (have) albums and boxes and more boxes of photos to flip through. One of the first things my husband and I first did when we first started dating was get a film camera and it was with us always; making memories. We eventually bought a digital SLR and started working shooting lowriders and models for nationally published car magazines. Read more>>

Michelle VanTine

I love that my camera has brought me SO many places. I’ve shot contracts to do the University of St Andrew’s Student Handbook (where Prince William and Kate went) in the UK, to diplomatic weddings on posh DC rooftops, to hip-hop concerts in Miami and everything in between. Some months I’m rich, some months I’m poor, but always I’m happier than I’ve ever been. Read more>>

Kyaunnee Richardson

I began singing at the age of two. My grandmother discovered my gift of singing and to nourish it, she used to put a cassette player at the head of the bed and play music from Handel to the classic Disney. Opera come later into my life when I was around fourteen/fifteen years old and I have to say that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is what sparked my passion for opera. Read more>>

Alyssa Garcia

I always loved photography but never planned on making a life or career out of it. I went to school and got a degree in a completely different field with plans of following a completely different path. But once I picked up a camera again I knew I had to find a way to make it happen. There’s something so special about being able to capture these one in a lifetime moments and unique vistas. Read more>>

Lynda Sauls

I have been painting and drawing from an early age. Being raised under the advice that art is a nice hobby, but it is necessary to have a real job. Led me on a path close to art. I worked as a bookkeeper, picture framer, manager and sales person in the art and framing industry. Now and then receiving commission paintings and mural work. Eventually I took a faux finishing workshop pursuing this line of creativity for many years. Read more>>

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