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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.

Amanda Archinuk

I knew that would be something that would make me happy to create. But I wanted a more cost-effective and more appealing material to do it with. I came across chenille yarn, which is still beautiful but a lot more soft and cuddly. And from there, I continued to look for ways to innovate more fun ways to create. Which later turned into teaching DIY classes on how to do this craft. Read more>>

Hayley Rae Farrer

I love being able to capture the light in people’s eyes when they are truly happy and the littlest moments that they’ve never had the chance to see. Otherwise. Don’t get me wrong though photography isn’t static. It’s something that requires constant education, ambition, and motivation. It’s something that I am continuously evolving with. Read more>>

Julie Kaufmann

I spent a lot of time drawing those animated characters as a kid and making up my own worlds, and soon enough, I discovered that I could make a career out of it! Ever since then, I’ve been working hard to improve my skills and have been going to school for animation in California. It’s been a very challenging but fulfilling experience so far. Read more>>

Roy Rutto

I actually always wanted to act or do cartoons or just something in the entertainment industry and music was never a plan in my head, it was really my older brother and my mom who played the guitar and sang. I was just the nerd of the house. But, I am a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. So after graduating high school, I made the leap to pursue music heavier and investing in my craft. Read more>>

Laurie Fagen

A self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” I have operated at least seven different businesses in art, writing, newspaper publishing, video production, and singing. I have also been a writer for much of my adult life, including for commercial and cable television, commercial radio, corporate video, magazines, newspapers and I am now delving into the world of crime fiction. Read more>>

Bill Cantey

Eight years later, I’m in Iceland shooting Icelandic horses with waterfalls in the background with a Nikon D850. I’ve put about 72,000 miles on rental cars in those years (Poor Avis). As a kid, growing up, all I did was stay inside and play video games. I like to think I made up for all of those years lost already! Read more>>

Bob Streit

I am an actor, writer, and musician, a proud father, a divorce survivor, and an incredibly blessed fiancé. My mother sang lullabies to my siblings and I. And; she sang to her father when he was fighting colon cancer. He moved in with us for the last six months of his life, and she would sing him to sleep when he was in pain. Read more>>

Seran Halter

I enjoyed documenting my own life through my eyes, as well. Until I started taking photography classes in high school. 2013 is when I really started getting a feel for what I could do with a camera. My little brother always served as my muse. Read more>>

Christanie Hunter

When I was a little girl, I liked to draw the things I saw. I would always do quick sketches on computer paper that I usually found of cartoons and sometimes flowers. I remember always getting really excited when my teachers would assign work that required us to “be creative.” Read more>>

Amanda Chesin

I have gotten to interview bands I met the day before and left as great friends, and interview friends and gotten to know them as a band. I am inspired by the people I interview and their dedication to their craft, and I hope people can discover a new band and new genuinely wonderful people. Read more>>

Jadzia Hart

I could always be found drawing or creating stories with original characters that would change from week to week. None of these would ever see the light of day, though I’d occasionally show the rouge doodle to my parents who would encourage me to create even more. Read more>>

Joseph Bliol

The fact that every artist has a unique story prefaces perfectly into how my story began. Not only does every artist have a unique story but also every person has one that culminates in the larger story of each culture, each different way of life, telling its own beautiful story in the grand drama of the universe. Read more>>

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>>


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