Who Is Your Favorite Local Artist or Performer?

Valentin Yordanov’s work

“Local artist Valentin Yordanov, who produces dynamic landscapes rendered in colorful free-form geometry. Check him out at valentinyordanov.com.” –Ben Ward, creative director

“Dancer and choreographer Torrey Cole is a native Las Vegan who has done some amazing pieces Downtown. ‘Artikulation’ was a standout: early electronic music mixed with a group of modern and interpretive dancers that culminated in the group scaling a local art installation and smashing glass candy. The crowd that gathered guerrilla-style was an impressive feat of marketing. Any art that makes you reflect on meaning is a home run for me; unexpectedly, it was dance.” –Mauricio Morales, marketing manager, Corner Bar Management

Cherreys—great local band who are going to do great things!” –Adam Christopher Smith, production coordinator, Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival

“My favorite local artist is photographer, graphic designer and closeted superhero Jesse J. Sutherland. He’s barely broken 25 years old and has already photographed everyone from Taylor Swift and Chester Bennington to Justin Bieber and Tegan and Sara. On any given weekend you can catch him at Drai’s Nightclub or 1 OAK, snapping away in the photo pits, capturing every artist’s best side. And in September, he’ll be at Life Is Beautiful, soaking in the experience one click at a time. He’s a hometown hero. See for yourself at jessejsuth.com.” –Amber Sampson, web editor

“I’ve been really digging the illustrations that Zet Gold has been creating. Some are so simple and sweet, while others are a little more complex. They are playful and filled with youth, and I admire her for that. Find her work at @zetgold.” –Cierra Pedro, senior designer

“Samantha Ciarlo, a violinist, used to play with Frankie Moreno’s band at the Stratosphere and now plays for Baz: A Musical Mash-Up at The Palazzo. She is fabulous in so many ways—fashion, food, art. See for yourself on her Instagram, @samanthavln.” –Shannon Miller, editorial assistant

“One of my favorite local performers is Ernest Hemmings of Tstmrkt. He creates theater based on time, minimalism, the absurd, film and audio collage. His most recent project is a play that addresses gender inequality in fiction called Cancer Dog, which is performed by an all-female cast. The work is being crowdfunded through Kickstarter, so it’s a great way to support the arts, too.” –Krystal Ramirez, staff photographer