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Thought-Provokers: Casa Grande

Phoenix 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 Casa Grande that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Erinn Nordeman

In graduate school I focused on what could be considered a woman’s craft; quilting. I love to stretch the medium past its traditional purpose and appearance, using non-traditional fabrics and sewing methods. Read more>>

Elena Makansi

I have always been fascinated by the fact that, if you look closely enough, everything becomes a universe unto itself. I can get lost in a square inch of a grain of wood. The human scale and the limits of our perception are remarkably miniscule, yet we understand enough to know that we truly understand very little. Read more>>

Ellen Allgaier Fountain

Being an artist is all I’ve ever wanted. Born and raised in the panhandle of Idaho, I drew and painted from the time I could hold a crayon, but didn’t get any formal art instruction until college, eventually earning a B.F.A. (studio art) and an M.A. (art education) from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Read more>>

Alex Brock

I’ve always loved drawing since childhood. My school notebook dividers and homework were covered in doodles, even through college. I was always inspired by stuff like Dragon Ball Z, Zelda, and Soul Calibur as well as music. Read more>>

Jessica Contreras

I’m a Tucson native who’s been painting and drawing since I was very young. I was lucky to have artistic relatives who inspired me, I was constantly exposed to art, obsessing over the details of how certain techniques were done. I thought I would end up being an art historian or teacher. Read more>>

Dawn Hagler

I have an Accounting background, but my love for photography blossomed after moving to the southwest. When my son got old enough to go to school, I spent more time outdoors photographing the beauty of the desert. Read more>>

Danni Valdez

I am a Tucson Arizona based photographer, originally from California and a variety of art forms have consumed my life since I was a child. In order of appearance were sketching, music, acrylic painting, graphic design and eventually photography. Read more>>

Kimberly Petite

I’ve always been attracted to bright colors and tiny trinkets. As a kid I would sometimes get money to go to the mall, and I’d be told not to spend it on “junk.” I would immediately spend all of it on pockets full of jewelry and other small things from the clearance racks at hot topic and Claire’s! Read more>>

Matthew Buster

This story begins with my grandfather. A surgeon in the Korean war, he picked up photography to document his travels around the world. He purchased his first camera, a Nikon S, in Japan. I am holding it in the self-portrait above. He gifted me my first camera when I was 10 – it was a simple point and shoot. Read more>>

Kalena Otsubo

My story as a photographer started out very unique because I began my business when I was 14 years old! For my birthday, my parents gave me a camera and I just fell in love with portrait photography. After my first session, my business rapidly grew by referral. I am also completely self-taught. Read more>>

 

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