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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 communANA THOMPSONity 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.

Jessica Gonzales

I found that using art as a tool to communicate and connect with others became an incredibly significant way for me to navigate through society, especially in my youth. I made up for what I felt to be lack of social skills by expressing myself creatively, and therefore facilitating meaningful conversations with those around me. Throughout my life, I’ve continued to utilize art as a vessel to release inner dialogue and keep me grounded. Read more>>

Jennifer Vigil

Art has been a foundation in my life since childhood. I took my first art class at age 5. I have been creating and exploring art since then. I find my greatest satisfaction when I am making things. For me creating is joyful and soothes my soul. It is a way to connect with others and to address issues both profound and sublime. Read more>>

Nicholas Wilson

My art was popular in school and once out, I pursued my dream landing a job as Curator of Exhibits at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. Following a brief time creating Museum displays, I focused next on art galleries to further my goals. Over a career span of 55 years, I have had the privilege of painting in all media, sculpting bronze figures both small and large including three monuments. Read more>>

Alan Potter

I spent a bunch of years doing menial, blue-collar work and in 1995 decided it was time to continue my education. I graduated from Trinity College of Vermont in 2000 with a BA in Craft/Arts Entrepreneurship; a degree designed to educate artists how to market themselves and break the cliche of the “starving artist.” My focus was on clay; specifically raku-fired sculpture ceramics. Read more>>

Ana Thompson

Flowers and the concoctions that I made with them proved to be a way of communication like no other for me. In addition to more traditional and retail floral work, I worked with The Mark Wooley Gallery, interpreting artists’ paintings as installations for their opening shows, as well as showing my own floral sculptures at The Medussa Gallery as part of themed, multidisciplinary shows. Read more>>

Luke Eidenschink

I preferred to use a pen (which my mom always kept in her purse) rather than the old broken crayons that restaurants always provided for kids. Growing up in rural Minnesota, the farmlands and forests of the surrounding countryside were my playgrounds. Those experiences, plus many camping trips up in the lake country with my dad, heavily influenced my perception of the world around me and how I express myself through my art. Read more>>

Erika Parkin

I wanted to make these beautiful things. So I bought myself a little torch and went about learning all I could on my own. After taking a few short glassblowing classes, I decided to pursue a formal education in glass. I graduated from The Craft and Design program at Sheridan College, with a major in glass. Read more>>

Ludo Smolic

Art has been a constant in my life and has carried me through an unstable childhood, an ongoing battle with mental illness for as long as I can remember, and everything in between, all the way to now as a 21 year old lesbian with a lot of pets, who is only trying every day to make it better than the last. Read more>>

Larry Gomez

I began drawing at an early age. I started out by drawing animals of all sorts, then specifically to dinosaurs and dragons. Science fiction, fantasy and horror movies were always a means of escape for me, then as I got older, comic books. I would illustrate images from favorite movies or comics. I love drawing and painting people, so incorporate them into my works whenever I can. Read more>>

Ondrea Bell

I’ve always loved drawing and making things. I grew up with parents who would always gift art supplies for my birthday and Christmas gifts. In school, I always tried to insert a drawing or making into my core subjects, always enrolled in arts & craft courses, and was always drawing outside of school. Read more>>

Stephanie Campos

At age 13, I drew my first realistic portrait and found my life-long passion. That passion was still only a hobby while raising a family and working secretarial jobs. It took me years to hone my skills and when I was ready to approach galleries with my framed hobbies, doors opened and my portraits began to sell. My favorite pastime became my profession. Read more>>

Josh Adams

I started my enjoyment of photography as a kid and by “photography,” I mean taking pictures of anything and everything I could with my Polaroid and inexpensive film point and shoot cameras. But, then in High School, I was able to take my 1st digital photography course and REALLY got into it. Read more>>


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