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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.

Sandy Hathaway

Some songs almost write themselves, and others are rewritten and shaped until they become works that I am ready to share with my listeners. I write in multiple genres and so I prefer to use the terms Indie, Folk, Country, Blues, Rock and Americana to describe my songs. Read more>>

Joe Mooney

I’m just an average guy who fell in love with my high school sweetheart and likes to build random things. My wife, daughter and I live on a few acres in southern Arizona in a house that we built and live off of about 95% rainwater throughout the year. Read more>>

Ed Flores

I don’t spend much time posing my subjects, nor do I spend a lot of time fussing with my equipment or shoot a massive amount of images hoping to capture something. Because I’ve been shooting for 23 years and started with shooting with film, it’s given me a wealth of experience. Read more>>

Lonnie Coleman

Basically, it’s a fan with a steering wheel attached to it, and it spins canvases really fast and creates cool paintings. I want people to look at my art and know that what I painted got me through a hard day or a moment of high anxiety. I want people to feel happy when they see it. My artwork is therapy for me. Read more>>

A.P. Nuri

What should the audience gain by the time I’m through telling this character’s story?” I perform frequently in shows around Arizona and strive to craft performances that are relatable, realistic, and reinforce humanity. Read more>>

Sam Mehlhorn

I want to capture the essence of each person/ couple and make it unique to them. For example, I did a couples session at the Arizona State Fair, and the couple really loved cotton candy. So that inspired a few shots of them eating cotton candy together (still one of my most favorite sessions to date). Read more>>

Maryn Brannies

Adventure is serendipity at its finest! What started out as a heavy reprimand for purchasing a bag of kettle corn while on a training convoy in the military, turned into OMG! Kettle Corn LLC, literally four days later! ALWAYS FORWARD. Read more>>

Debra Pehrson Haun

My style took a while to discover because of the many layers of different papers that I either create, buy or find on my travels. I find that colors, patterns, and textures tell a story of their own. The immediate color response lets the viewer understand the emotional tone of each piece. I love color for that reason. Read more>>


I think I follow the story of many other people who felt like they didn’t quite fit in and maybe couldn’t see why. My passion was art. I filled notebooks with pages of half-finished designs, anime characters, and attempts at animals. I always felt slightly on the edge of my peer group. We really didn’t hold a lot of similar interest. Read more>>

Jon Riggs

When I finally got stable enough, I then started to take classes in acting and with the help of my mother paying for the expenses and trips to LA for my photo shoots. I started to get into modeling to help with exposure and getting acquainted with the industry and getting comfortable with the camera. Read more>>


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