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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.

Linden Eller

I went on to live and work out of New England, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, traveling through many more places in between. I worked a variety of jobs, including waitressing, farming, and teaching kindergarten, all the while continuing to create art, put on exhibitions, and participate in residencies. Read more>>


There I saw cosplayers, and I thought how badly I wanted to do that! I always wanted to have Sailor Moon’s outfit or Megara’s dress from Hercules! I had ended up with my Nana’s sewing machine after she passed, and I was homeschooled for a year in the middle of moving from Chandler to Queen Creek, so I started teaching myself how to sew. Read more>>

Jason Dahlby

I began having friends ask me to do their senior portraits and photos for my family as well, thus slowly helping my social anxiety fade little by little. That was over two years ago; since then through my work, I’ve had opportunities to work with well-established brands creating their advertising, promotions, and social media posts. Read more>>

Caitlin Kaiser

I fell in love with tattoo art as a teen, and my body is proof! I quickly realized, however, that fanime art and my interpretations of popular cultural heroes like Superman and Batman would be my bread and butter. The Phoenix First Friday Roosevelt Row art fair would allow me to actually sell some of my work, while I would add to my income through commissions. I love to explore different media and subject matters. Read more>>

Alyx Fergus

I have been a Nurse in the Emergency Department for six years and also teach nursing students at Grand Canyon University. As I enjoy this field of work very much, I also needed a release, a different way to express myself. My roommates would come home to find me painting on large canvases (usually playing Adele very loudly). I started to take some of my Dad’s scrap wood from his workshop and paint and stain different pieces. Read more>>

Everett Milloy

I began photography about two and a half years ago in my sophomore year of high school. I initially started photography to impress a girl that I liked at the time, not knowing that the class was for film photography. I soon got really involved in the class, skipped lunches to print more, snuck rolls of film to shoot more than my classmates. Read more>>

Melissa Flickinger

I am a work from home momma to two amazing littles – our daughter is in kindergarten and our son is almost three. They keep us laughing and they certainly keep us on our toes! They inspire me to always put my best foot forward and humble me with unconditional love even on those days when my ‘best’ is chicken nuggets for dinner while we watch the magic school bus rides again. Read more>>

Maxine Novick

My life has always revolved around art. I was born and raised in Wyoming, and my favorite part of that was my pottery studio where I would give my friends lessons and produce pots to sell in my mom’s shop. I moved to Phoenix five years ago to enjoy the warm weather and study educational video gaming. Read more>>

Sammi Martinez

I grew up singing in church since the age of four. My mom is a piano teacher, as well as the pianist at my church, so music was in my blood! When I was younger, I was actually very dedicated to violin. I was not only in my school’s orchestra, but I played in several other programs where I would learn very difficult pieces and go through auditions. Most people thought that I was going to pursue violin for my career, and admittedly, I probably thought that too. After 8th grade, I auditioned and got into the highest-level orchestra at my high school when I was only a freshman. While that would’ve been a huge success to most people, that was actually my wakeup call when I realized, I didn’t want to play violin as a career. Read more>>

Lauren Raine

Although I paint and sculpt, my primary focus is the mask, the human face. I’ve always seen masks as “vessels for our stories”, and derived inspiration from world mythology. When I went to Bali in the 90’s to study temple mask traditions, I was privileged to produce collaborative masks with Balinese mask makers while there. In 1999, I created 35 “Masks of the Goddess” based upon a world-wide heritage of mythologies about the “feminine face” of Deity. As I did my research, I found myself in a grand conversation that grew and grew as dancers, storytellers, and communities used the masks, filling them new contemporary meaning. Read more>>


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