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Thought-Provokers: Chandler

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 Chandler that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Bonnie Hill-Dowdy

After teaching for 13 years in Gilbert Public Schools, I decided to go back to graduated school at Houston Baptist University. I was able to explore my love of nature and travels through the use of watercolors on various mediums. Read more>>

Stephen and Bonnie Harmston

It started back in 1980, I found myself in AZ one winter after backpacking around the state for several months, it became apparent I needed to get back to work, and I found a place that was looking for a screen printer. Having studied printmaking in college, I knew a little about the process, even though I did not much care for that form of printmaking. What started out as an entry level screen printer turned into the staff artist and print shop manager. Read more>>

Joel Parker

I have been an artist since I was very young drawing with graphite and charcoal, mostly replicating things I’ve seen like photos or still life’s. I began my apprenticeship in 2013 under Matt Geiogamah at Salt and Light Tattoo located in Chandler and had continued my tattooing career there. I was born in Eugene, Oregon but have lived in Arizona for the majority of my life. My wonderful wife, and I along with our pug and two bunnies reside in Mesa, with most of our extended family in Arizona we don’t have plans to move anywhere out of the beautiful desert we’ve grown so accustomed to. Read more>>

Ciara Cisneros

Music has also been a big part of my life. At 9 months old, I was humming the Barney song and by 5 years old I had my first singing performance at a church gathering. I began playing guitar at 13 years old and have not put it down since. Read more>>

Adrianna Carochi

That being said, I grew up baking with my grandmother. It was our way to spend time together. I remember the smell of cookies filled her home, and now I think of her whenever I smell freshly-baked cookies. Read more>>

Matthew Ochoa

Since then I’ve lived all over the greater Phoenix area. I’m not sure what my story is just yet. I feel like it’s still happening. I feel like I’ve come so far but still have an eternity to go. But everything I do is dictated by the arts. Read more>>

Stephanie Candy

After I graduated from ASU with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, I found myself setting photography to the side and not paying attention to it as often as I used to. I had a lot happen in my personal life within the last two years, and needed an outlet so I decided to photograph again. Read more>>

Nicole McCaigue

I love to share my heart and spread joy. This started at a young age when I noticed smiling at a passersby was contagious. To this day, it makes me so happy to see how a simple smile can brighten a person’s day. My goal is to create uplifting art and impact lives in a positive way. Read more>>

Cassell Archinuk

I have always loved the outdoors and By chance I started taking photos on my phone and soon I got the Photographers bug which surprised me since I was not at all interested in Photography until this point. I give some credit to my dad who was very much into landscapes and visiting every place possible across the U. S. and Canada. Read more>>

Brittani Duval-Champagne

I found God at a young age when he met me in a very dark time of my life, and if it wasn’t for his light – I probably wouldn’t be here today. I was very suicidal and just felt like I had no purpose, but I found my faith to give me strength. A few years later is when my aunt, mom, and grandmother joined me in church. Read more>>

Andrea O’Bert

I began my career as a photographer when I was in high school and I began to take photos of all my friends every time we would hang out. As I learned more and more, I realized capturing people and their relationships was a huge passion of mine and I began to develop my wedding and portrait photography business. Read more>>

Justin Haugen

My story starts with two wonderful parents whose different worlds collided to give me a most fortunate upbringing around this planet in my formative years. I have my mom’s artistic side paired with my dad’s DIY spirit, especially in how I use technology. Read more>>

Jenn WAGNER

I have always been a shutterbug from an early age of 7 when my mom would buy me disposable cameras and take me to the drugstore to have the photos I took developed. Picking up my art, even at a young age was always the best day! Read more>>

 

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