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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.

Sara Spanjers

Tucson is home and ignites my artistic passions. Today, hundreds of bottle caps lay in my gravel driveway distressing to a beautiful patina. I stroll my driveway daily looking for just the right colors to adorn my artwork. The Southwest continues to feed my desire to paint and create murals, portraits, landscapes and recycled art. Read more>>

Kev B

I have been a tattoo Artist for 12 years. It took me a long time to figure out how to monetize my art and figure out what works and what doesn’t. What speaks to people and what doesn’t. I guess I haven’t even truly figured that out either completely and I’m still trying for that. Read more>>

Eric Schumacher

I wanted to be the best actor I possibly could. Eventually I studied video/film production formally as well, to better understand how the crew operated. My goal was to further up my game as an actor, but I found I had an aptitude for producing and directing and started to get hired in that capacity as well. Read more>>

Daniel Acedo

The natural environment around me has always been something that I take into account when making art in any medium. It is my primary source of inspiration, not only for what I do, but my desire to do what I do. Read more>>

Carly Vorndran

At the shop I work at now, I still get to learn about just about anything and everything related to tattooing and I love that. It has now been about three and a half years since I did my first tattoo and I am continuing work to develop my tattoo and art skills. I think it will always be a work in progress. Read more>>

Shannon Smith

Hearing these artists speak about their work, and tell the stories behind many of their images had a huge impact on me. Duane Michals was a real treat because he gave one-on-one critiques, and I’ll forever cherish his words and advice. But the one I’ll always remember is Mary Ellen Mark. Read more>>

Melissa Riggins

My love for photography started when I was in 6th grade. I didn’t understand why no one was documenting family events or important moments in life. That all changed because I started borrowing my aunt’s tiny Sony point & shoot every chance I got. Read more>>

Ridge Young

I feel like I’ve always been an artist. I grew up doodling and drawing on my school notebooks and anything I could get my hands on. I got my first tattoo when I was 16 because I thought it would up my cool factor, but looking back I realize how uncool it was (a tiny clover on my bicep). Read more>>

Linus Schief and Yurika Isoe

When I was a girl, my grandma taught me how to do “women’s work.” I’d spend many hours alone in her basement sewing room figuring out how to do my ideas. She also had an office, and I’d sit in there too, pretending to be a business owner. I loved organizing files, making invoices, having everything just-so. Read more>>

Rachel Slick

My disability has brought me so much emotional and physical pain, I have often felt disconnected from my body. Creating Milagros are an attempt to ground my spirit in this body. All my works are acts of gratitude. Read more>>

Lori Kovash

I have been environmentally conscious since childhood. I could always find another use for discarded items. I began making earrings out of metal that I found at the recycling center. Made them first for fun but people loved them and wanted to buy them. And so it began. Read more>>

Annalisa Loevenguth

Ever since I can remember, my head has been stuck in the world of storytelling. It has always been my intent to show people what I see, breathe, and feel. Creating this mixed-media style allows me to look inside myself and tell the stories I want to tell. Deep inside us, all is a story waiting to be heard and shared with others. I dare you to tell your tale. Over the years, I have experimented with many different mediums, which has allowed me to develop my own style. Read more>>

Jaime J. Soto

I became fascinated with music and voice at 5 years old when I sat in front of a speaker and matched vocal pitch with K.T. Oslin. I played Orchestra and Mariachi music in elementary school before surrendering my brain to all things Selena and Gwen Stefani as a tween. Read more>>


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