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Casa Grande’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Casa Grande and surrounding areas below.

Irma Medina Mazon

As just a four year old little girl, moving from Mexico to Tucson with a very large family; we had a very full house with a lot of birthdays. From an early age, I loved creating decorations and custom pieces for each party, anything to use my creativity and my hands. Read more>>

Rene Valdez

I became aware of Esperanza a year ago when I experienced one of their performances and was lucky enough to meet with the director Beth Braun. They perform at all the local high schools helping youth speak out against abuse as well as aiding those who are victims of it. They help with dance therapy. Read more>>

Shannon Partridge

While I was mostly involved in sports growing up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I would say I always used more of the right side of my brain when it came to academics. I’m terrible at math and science but always excelled in the arts. Read more>>

Ivonne Tarazon

I started out doing makeup as a side job for Acacia B. Brows. I would sometimes get clients that would ask for suggestions on the foundation that could cover their imperfections as much as possible. I always wanted to help them another way instead of suggesting a full coverage foundation. Read more>>

Mac Lawton

I started my career as an artist making music and decided to have a music video filmed for myself, I then had a video filmed but the guy never edited it. Long story short I was given the footage and forced to edit it myself. I wasn’t happy with the outcome whatsoever and I knew I wasn’t the best at the time but still edited the footage and uploaded the video. Read more>>

Angie Brown Reiter

I’ve been reading Tarot for over 20 years, and I’ve been reading energy since I was a kid. About a year ago, a friend asked me to read for her. I realized I could read professionally and began doing so as a “side hustle” as I worked my way through grad school. I love reading energy. I come away from readings with energy and joy, even the tough readings. Why? Because knowledge is power. Read more>>

Wendy Garcia

I grew up around food, my dad was a farmer and cooking was a big part of our life, We had a little farm, and my dad grew vegetables and we also had cows, chickens, goats, pigs, Yes it was all about food at the house everything He made from scratch, both of my grandmas were so amazing at making everything from scratch, I remember that it will take days of preparation for tamale making. Read more>>

Mari Cleven

I’ve always known I was called to do something with a camera. My interest in visual media started as a kid as early as elementary school, where I was creating film projects. I started my own photography business when I was twelve, making photo cards and selling them in local shops in Washington State. Read more>>

Jenna Johnson

My interest in photography began at the young age of 7 with a simple digital point and shoot camera and grew to be a passion in middle school and high school. I took photography in high school, which was strictly digital and learned many editing programs. Upon high school graduation, I began into the analog photography world. Read more>>

Kelsey Poor

After my parents got married, he decided to focus on his art full time. Meeting other like-minded artists, he helped launch the IAAA (International Astronomical Artists Association) and was the first president. His art was featured in Carl Sagan books and donated to the Planetary Society. Novaspace eventually became an art gallery that solely sold fine space art, and featured the art from the other IAAA members. Read more>>

Gabriel Gutierrez

We started way back in 1999. I was working as a teller in a bank and I had a friend who had a window cleaning business. He sold us about $600 a month in commercial window cleaning accounts, gave us some basic equipment, and about three hours of training. We stayed a small family operation (my wife and I) for about 10 years, with me working part-time to supplement income when we were slow. Read more>>

Karina Romero

Makeup was my passion and making people feel beautiful (inside and out), so I have been doing makeup since I was 16 years old, mainly as a hobby when I started. Professionally, over six years. While working, I realized that there was something aside from makeup that I needed to learn, like how to make your skin glow, and how to make my clients feel good about themselves even without makeup. Read more>>

DeeDee Koenen

Pop-Cycle was founded in 2008, with the goal of promoting local art made from recycled materials, re-used products, and refurbished goods. Tucson is a desert community that has long shared an appreciation of makers and a dedication to sustainable causes. When you live in an environment of scarcity, you quickly learn to rethink usage. Read more>>

Emma Paunil

As soon as I discovered that there is no real divide between art and science – that as entities, they intertwine within each other until they formulate a creation – I began respecting myself as an individual with a plethora of interests. My interests do not define me; I define my interests. Read more>>

Stacy Rojas

What started out as a hobby for me grew into a true passion that I’m fortunate enough to say also allows me to provide for my family (Rojas Party of 6!). Not everyone can say that they love what they do – I am beyond grateful that I can! Read more>>

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