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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.

Duffy Sheridan

My work can be found in prestigious institutions from a Cathedral in the South Pacific to the US Air Force Academy, to Corporate Headquarters in Manhattan, to the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel, to private residences of Kings, Judges, and Bishops, and collectors worldwide. Read more>>

Brian Halbach

With the support of classmates and family, and friends I stayed on my photography journey. Now I combine my knowledge of sports and people to create portraits of different kinds. Read more>>

Victoria Sanchez

I get asked to do alot of portraits of pets and past loved ones. I enjoy doing these because its something people always admire and get emotional about. Im always honored to be able to turn a memory into something someone can look at every day and bring happiness to their heart. Read more>>

Max Larkin and Lisa Van Wagenen

We have a few items for sale at Gather in Phoenix and Batea Boutique in Tucson, and we like to post everything we make on Instagram. We also work a few markets, like Cultivate Tucson, which we really enjoy because then we get to actually meet the people who support us. Read more>>

Kelli Emery

My goals for 2019 are to do more in-client home lifestyle sessions and documentary birth sessions. Photography has the most impact for me when it captures emotion and real life, so that is what I hope to give my clients with the work that I do. Read more>>

Jon Mavko

My mentor described curves as ‘moves,’ and that, whether people know it or not, your eye can tell when there is more that one move in a curve. Some of the objects I am most proud of are ones where I feel like I have achieved single-move curves, be it the exterior shape of a bowl, or the gentle slope of a shallow plate. Read more>>

Elení Camacho

I am a native to Tucson, Arizona and studied at the University of Arizona. I studied Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry, however, fell in love with the art or printmaking my junior year. I had wanted to continue my journey with creating prints by obtaining an MFA in Printmaking and started to work on a portfolio to apply. Read more>>

Amani Arrington

My story begins with seeing models, including my beautiful mother, as a child and realizing how much power the held inside not only with their beauty but with their demure and the influence they held. I progressively wanted to begin modeling growing up but my grandmother, who I lived with after the passing of my mother, did not allow it. Read more>>

Aaron Ancheta

I am a comic artist and illustrator. I lived half my life in Southern California and the latter half here in Arizona. I graduated from the University of Arizona in the VISCOM program. I am extremely introverted, non-confrontational and to a certain degree lazy. Read more>>

David Simons

For more than 20 years my work has been shown in local galleries, and I have won acclaim in shows around the US. I am a signature member of the American Impressionists Society. I have recently retired from my career as a custom home builder and am experiencing the joy of being a full-time artist. This year I opened my own Studio/Gallery in Old Town Tubac, AZ. Read more>>

Autumn Eckman

Through all of this, I’m brought back to that moment in the Auditorium Theatre when dance suddenly registered beyond any therapeutic benefits of the creativity.  Since that moment, I’ve understood that being an artist is about caring how to instill craft with a spirit of innovation for the next generation and embracing the craft of dance as I know it transforms beyond anything I ever imagined. Read more>>

Sherrie Posternak

I have also curated or juried various gallery exhibits. I teach workshops in all phases of the encaustic practice. I self-published a catalog on the topic of my 2010 art installation “A Memorial for El Tomate.” My thoughts appear in various magazine articles and blog interviews. Read more>>

Gabby Ames

One day one of my favorite teachers asked me why I was choosing this path and all I could really tell him was that I loved penguins and I want to work with them one day. He then pointed out how much schooling and dedication it would take to get there. Read more>>


I wrote my name on walls, it’s like the whole world would listen. Whether people liked it or disliked it, whether people could read it or not I felt like I existed, and being Latinx the feeling of not existing or no one listening is a feeling all too familiar because we learn it first hand; when we see our parents speak. Read more>>

Don Nguyen

I learned how to sharpen knives pretty quickly because of that. YouTube videos, Google tutorials, and just so many hours practicing on my mom’s knives, my friends’ knives, and my friends’ mom’s knives. Read more>>


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