Melissa Inez Walker
Melissa is the owner and director of Distinction Gallery. She is a life long entrepreneur and avid art lover and who lwas taught business from a very early age by her Dad. Sitting still is not in her vocabulary. Having come from the world's best parents she was destined to work tirelessly and in turn constantly give back.
She founded the gallery with her late husband, Sam Pulvers, in 2004. The pair purchased and renovated the space constantly until Sam's quick and untimely death from cancer in 2018.
Walker has continued to honor her late husband as well as engage her passion and love of work including adding 4 additional studios, a much needed second bathroom, and the complex's latest addition, Last Spot Art Bar, in Sam Pulvers memory. The wine and beer spot creates one more reason for guests to spend time in the 7,000 sq ft arts complex.
Megan Misako Darrough
Megan Misako Darrough is an artist and designer who works on social media and marketing for Distinction Gallery, helping other artists get exposure in the community and beyond.
Her passions include writing graphic novels, painting, drawing, and scaring people.
During Halloween season she works as a haunted house scare actor and does SFX makeup for monsters and zombies at her family's company: Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
She loves green tea ice cream and dressing up like zombies.
Be sure to experience Megan's hilarious posts on Last Spot's IG as well as her art first hand in our windows and in Distinction's uber cool new, Micro Gallery - all artworks 10 x 10 of smaller. You will fall in love with her characters and find them very hard to resist.
August is our go-to tech consultant. He can literally make anything tech related you can possibly dream up turn into reality. He has pioneered many of our high tech projects including the puzzles in ArtHatch Escape Rooms, Last Spot Art Bar (come see his cool ceiling that lights up to match our art videos!) and dozens more projects. His latest creations have been NFT projects for both the gallery and in house artists!
Additionally, he is an artist, printer, and dabbler in all electronics.
Jessica is Distinction Gallery's lead graphic designer. She creates all of our ads, postcards, vinyl, websites, and related print and digital marketing materials.
She is meticulous, creative, and organized. She is a huge asset to the gallery and we are grateful that she has stayed with us for so many years.
Jessica is a local artist - she loves anime - as well as an avid biker, camper, and illustrator.
.If you are looking to hire a phenomenal free lance designer Jessica is available for outside jobs.
Stephen Davis is Distinction Gallery's extrodinary event photographer who captures all of Distinction's important events, including monthly receptions and all night Art-A-Thons! You can find him wandering the building with lots of gear and perfect timing as he subtly captures the night's events and his subjects demeanor.
Additionally he shows his fine art fine art photography around town and beyond including at The Photographer's Collective Eye and EThe Escondido Arts Partnership.
Stephen is known for his innate ability to capture artists doing what they love. His street photography as well as his portraits connect us to his subjects innocence.
Victor Roman's passion for expressing himself through art motivates him to sketch and paint whenever he can. Sometimes, you can find him sketching people on the train or in a casino but on most days, you will find him painting in his studio until the early hours of the morning. Painting in the night after work, shows dedication and after 3 years of study at Palomar College, Victor's talent has grown exponentially. Victor's work is collected from patrons from around the world. Victor is the go-to guy for anything extra awesome including hanging and re-arranging art, touching up frames as needed, and creating extra special gems and surprises throughout the building.
Mia Savage is a painter and art history enthusiast. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied ink painting before moving to Massachusetts to study art. After working in New York, she moved to Los Angeles for an artist residency and has lived in California ever since, persuing oil and watercolor. Mia teaches painting and art history to students of all ages.
Martita M. Foss
Alumni artist, Martita M. Foss is back, working as a grant writer for ArtHatch. Martita took time out to worked on her BA in studio art and completed her master's in arts administration during the covid lockdown. She is thrilled to be back in the building working on grants that will serve the needs and mission of ArtHatch. Her art studio is a stone throw from Distinction and ArtHatch (across the street on Grand). Local artist for over twenty years, Martita has no plans on slowing down.
Melissa Inez Walker.
Melissa Inez Walker is the founder and CEO for ArtHatch. She curates the front gallery choosing featured artists from around the world to be exhibited. Walker also interviews and often seeks out the 45 local artists who rent studio space within ArtHatch.
Mark is a licensed architect, general contractor and owner of M. Chavis: Texture Fine Finishes. He truly understands the importance of keeping young artists working and the value of original art. Along with having collected a significant collection of emerging artists work, he is also the father of an up and coming teen artist, one of the many inspirations behind the starting of ArtHatch.
Travis is an artist and educator currently working for High Tech High North County. A recent transplant from LA, Travis has attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and received his BFA from OTIS College Art and Design in Los Angeles. He has an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine and has been teaching art for the past six years. Travis is enthusiastic about art, art education, and working with young artists. He is truly excited to be part of the Art Hatch organization.
Jonathan is the well respected and trustworthy owner of Jonathan Pool CPA. He has been working with the gallery for many years and was the first who advised the gallery to seek non profit status. Jonathan is an avid art collector specifially of black and white photography. Jonathan has served on number boards and contributes greatly to ArtHatch and is a strong reason for it's sucess. Jonathan is a father of two and lives with his wife and youngest child in San Diego.
September 2023 Distinction Gallery 20th Anniversary Show on KPBS
September 2023 Distinction Gallery 20th Anniversary Show on All Events
August 2023 "Nautilus" by Divergence Art Collective on SDvan
May 2023 Kelly Vivanco's "Wallflower" on KPBS
February 2023 Divergence Art Collective's "Love Letters" on KPBS
January 2023 12th Annual ArtHatch Art-A-Thon on KPBS
November 2022 Denise Bledsoe's Solo Exhibition "Disorder" on Art Facts
January 2022 11th Annual Art-A-Thon on KPBS
January 2022 11th Annual Art-A-Thon on CBS8 news
December 2021 Valency Genis "Visceral Varmints" on All Events
November 2021 Denise Bledsoe "Bizarre Bazarr" on News Break
November 2021 Denise Bledsoe "Bizarre Bazarr" on Beautiful.Bizarre
November 2021 Denise Bledsoe "Bizarre Bazarr" on Super Sonic Art
September 2021 Caia Koopman's "Prints & Minis" on Super Sonic Art
August 2021 11th Annual Palomar College Scholarship Auction
July 2021 ArtHatch Studio Artist Show on KPBS
July 2021 ArtHatch Artists Exhibition
April 2021 "Monsters In My Head” Shane Paxton on KPBS
January 2021 "10th Annual Art-A-Thon" on Beautiful.Bizarre
February 2020 “Censor Art” New Works by JoKa on Beautiful.Bizarre
November 2019 Last Spot Bar: Escondido businesswoman honors late husband in new venture - The Coast News Group
October 2017 "Grit" Gabe Leonard - San Diego Reader
September 2017 "Fall to Rise" Ross Jaylo on Beautiful.Bizarre
August 2017 "Immortalized: Lipstick and Chrome"
September 2016 Jon Jaylo in The Coast News Group
September 2016 San Diego Reader: Ross Jaylo: Transition
March 2016 Vivanco: 'Tendrils' by Beautiful Bizarre
February 2016 Rave Jaylo: LA Art Show
February 2016 Art People: Michael Aaron Williams
December 2015 SD City Beat: ArtHatch Art-A-Thon
December 2015 Virginie Mazureau's "Free Souls" on Beautiful Bizarre
November 2015 Prints on Wood Show on Beautiful Bizarre
September 2015 "As The Moon Draws Water" on Hi-Fructose
September 2015 "As The Moon Draws Water" on Beautiful.Bizarre
February 2015 "Inflorescence" on Beautiful.Bizarre
February 2015 Kari-Lise Alexander, Video
November 2014 "A Few Small Nips" on Beautiful.Bizarre
October 2014 "Figments"on Beautiful.Bizarre
October 2014 "Figments" on Hi-Fructose Magazine
April 2014 "Subnatural" in Beautiful.Bizarre Magazine
January 2014 Art-A-Thon in The San Diego Union Tribune
October 2013 "LUCK" on Live Free Podcast
November 2012 "In The Folds" on San Diego Union Tribune
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" Video
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" on San Diego CityBeat
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" on Pacific Sandiego
October 2012 "The Privileged Series" on San Diego LGBT Weekly
September 2012 "Taetrum et Dulce: Lux in Tenebris" On Cartwheel
April 2012 "Crossing the Divide" On Live Fast
February 2012 "The Black Market Method" in the Union Tribune
January 2012 "Art-A-Thon" in the Union Tribune
October 2011 "Cuties for A Cause Calendar Release Party"
September 2011 "Immortalized: Rods and Customs of Distinction" Robert Williams Speaking and handing out awards
September 2011 "Immortalized: Rods and Customs of Distinction" Gino and the Lone Gunmen playing out front
September 2011 "Immortalized: Rods and Customs of Distinction" Blog Feature
February 2011 "Macrocosm" on Hi Fructose
February 2011 "Macrocosm" on Creep Machine
January 2011 "Exuberance Found" on No New Enemies Network
January 2011 "Exuberance Found" on KPBS
April 2010 "Self Preservation": In Arrested Motion
March 2010 "Curious Reminiscence": City Beat
March 2010 "Curious Reminiscence": KPBS: Culture Lust
December 2009 Gabe Leonard in City Beat
December 2009 Gabe Leonard photo and blurb in the Union Tribune
December 2009 "SUB1K: CA STYLE" Story on sdentertainer
March 2009 "He Said, She Said" Featured in CityBeat
November 2008 Destination Unknown Paintings on Display
September 2008 Over $15,000 raised for LBDA, see page 3
September 2008 Project 57 video on Nostica TV
August 2008 Project 57 photos on Juxtapoz
August 2008 Project 57 photos on Vinyl Pulse
July 2008 Saratoga Sake on Juxtapoz website
May 2008 Photos from opening night of "Mode"
April 2008 Juxtapoz
February 2008 An Incomplete Theoretical History of a Dying Doppleganger Multiverse New Works by Josh Taylor | Opening Reception
December 2007 Photos from opening night of "Sub 1K"
February 2007 San Diego CityBEAT: Interview with artist Sake