Benefiting the art program at Rea Elementary, Costa Makers is a pop-up art show and modern craft fair featuring a curated collection of artists and makers in our area. The event will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 (11am-3pm) in Costa Mesa at First United (420 W. 19th Street – bike parking) and Triangle Square (1870 Harbor Blvd. – car parking).
We are no longer accepting applications for more Featured Artists.
Best known as the bassist for Korn, Fieldy began a journey of mixed-media painting from February 2018-February 2019 during a difficult time in his life. The result are 10 characters he calls “Izms”, and all 10 limited edition, signed canvas prints will be on display and for sale at Costa Makers with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Rea Elementary arts program. www.facebook.com/fieldyofficial
A local photographer who captures the California lifestyle thru a lens. Her art has been displayed in local restaurants, offices and homes around town. The laid back beach lifestyle and natural light is captured throughout her collections. Recently featured in I Heart Costa Mesa’s Online magazine, Melissa is inspired by the beauty that surrounds us everyday.
A true MC behind the mic with more than 9 years of time spent mastering the art of linguistics. Griff Cowan can’t breathe without a creative output and lives in the studio — constantly writing and recording. Griff started out similar to many other creatives, in his bedroom. Although, Griff’s method was more similar to a monk. Locked away from the outside interference of the world Griff wrote and rapped for many years before presenting to the people. No microphone and no method of recording didn’t matter. He would rap to the wall if he had to. Nothing has stood in the way of perfecting his craft. He now has his own independent label (9th Realm Records) as well as a home base with a full recording studio and a back warehouse filled with paintings. Griff has one mission, to save the world from evil. He’s landed from space and the take over begins now.
After taking illustration classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Paul fell into the world of freelance and start working on commissioned pieces. He recently moved from the Bay Area to Orange County. @gambinothedrawer
Damin Lujan aka zaoone was born in Los Angeles, Ca where he grew up skateboarding and drawing. His artistic eye was shaped by the graffiti throughout the streets of LA. He now feels most comfortable creating artwork with a spray can. Most of his early works consisted of graffiti letters covering skate decks plastered with bible pages. He moved into large scale pieces and prefers to work in a larger scale now. Over the years, he has broaden his artistic repertoire to include sign painting and hand lettering. Skipping the digital format, Damin prefers to hand draw his artwork, which has progressed into hands-on projects involving wood. He began creating unique triangle floating shelves for local businesses and homes, which led to the expansion of his woodworking portfolio to include desks, custom displays and trade show booths. Recently he has teamed up with his friend Brian Peterson, who runs the non-profit, Faces of Santa Ana, to create large scale murals bringing dignity and hope for those who live in the margins of our society.
Salina Mendoza is an American artist whose work is associated with minimalism, hard-edge painting, and repetitive use of lines. Her work is inspired by uncomfortable emotions observed in the real world, brain vibrations, repetition, color, and mental health. She is a Costa Mesa local, works in the OC tech scene, and sells her art on socks. www.salinamendoza.com
Using a variety of media, Kim Nelson paints women, landscapes, seascapes and abstracts in a fluid representational style that vacillates between impressionist, expressionist and allusive. Her work has been exhibited at Open Mind Gallery in Los Angeles, Threshold Gallery in Redlands, Segerstrom Center and The Exhibit in Costa Mesa, Black Umbrella Gallery in Garden Grove and the Huntington Beach Arts Center.
Costa Mesa-based artist Paul Ortega paints just about anything and everything including canvases, wood panels, skateboards/surfboards, hats, denim/leather jackets, walls, and many other found objects. Drawing on his graphic design background, Ortega has always incorporated typography in his work—sometimes as the main focus and sometimes used as texture in the background. He paints intuitively, inspired by music and movement. He starts each painting session by putting on his playlist of the week and throwing paint on a canvas to warm up and get the ideas flowing. “The freedom of gestural abstract painting is a complete contrast to the confined tendencies of graphic design,” Ortega said. www.facebook.com/paulortegadesigns
Brian Peterson founded Faces of Santa Ana as a passion project where we set out to befriend and paint portraits of the homeless community in Santa Ana, CA. He sells the artwork and uses proceeds to help in rehabilitating his newfound friends. The mission of Faces of Santa Ana is to locally help those in need in cities around the world while also inspiring and activating creatives and supporters of the movement. www.facesofsantaana.com
Martin Ross is a Fine Artist from Fullerton California. He started to show an interest in Art at the early age of seven, drawing and making posters for his own collection and for others. He later studied Graphic Design, but after 4 years he opted out to pursue his own passion: Painting. He is self taught and created his own Painting Technique that he calls, “The Martin Ross Technique” which is a Pattern of Rectangular Brush Strokes in all directions overlapping and filling all spaces trying not to repeat the same direction on the same color to stimulate the illusion of Falling Confetti. He has been showcasing his Art at various cities in Southern California and plans to do it in other states.@martinrossofficial
Sel specializes in brand design, art direction, lettering and illustration. With over 10 years’ experience as a graphic designer, she has also gained valuable experience as a creative director. Her work has been recognized in various publications and used within advertising, publishing and apparel for clients in Europe and the US.