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Thought-Provokers: Gilbert

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

Dana Flanik

I was lost and felt like anything art related would never make me any money. As a child, my parents took us camping a lot, and my dad did landscaping for a living, so I grew a love for being outside. I never really had a green thumb but always enjoyed landscapes and wildflowers and being in nature. Read more>>

Kristy Stapley

I kinda fell into making dolls. I started experimenting by making some for my own children, and soon friends and family were asking for me to make them some too. I created an, and it took off. Not to say it’s been easy, there has definitely been a learning curve. Especially when it comes to quality but after almost five years I think I have found what works and what doesn’t. Read more>>

Cassidy Mantle

I always loved drawing and creating but never thought of it as more than just a hobby. Fast forward to my sophomore year in college, I was a busy student, attending school across the country, and engaged to be married. I spent hours searching for that “perfect” dress but found myself sorely disappointed when nothing quite fit the vision I had. Read more>>

Paige Nelson

Once I got to college, I finally discovered that I was passionate about creating, I took a graphic design class at Dixie State University and loved it, and as I pursued graphic design, I enjoyed and loved the digital look, but I became frustrated because I wanted to draw what I was picturing instead of using a mouse. Read more>>

Monica Krakora

I decided to buy a DSLR camera and began taking pictures of the outdoors, and trips that I would go on with family and friends. I then graduated from college with a neuroscience and physiology degree and still wanted to pursue medicine. Photography was just a fun hobby. I had my first official photo session one year later when I took my friend’s graduation photos. Read more>>

Jillian Simpson

People are usually shocked to hear that I wasn’t always into crafting. I married young (18) and received my first sewing machine at age 19. I, honestly, was confused on why I was given a sewing machine. I had never sewn a single item and had zero desire to do so. Fast forward a few years and six babies, I was sewing cloth diapers, baby blankets, crib bedding, window treatments and clothing among other things.  Read more>>

Jenna DeGracie

I’ve always been artistic, but never dreamed of picking up a camera until about a year and a half ago! My husband and Father-in-Law have done photography for years and I always felt inspired by them to give it a try. I was very timid at first and only would photograph landscapes. Read more>>

Brooke and Doug Hickethier

Every couple has their own story to tell. Ours might not be the most glamorous or even make it into the running for the plot of the latest romantic comedy, but it’s ours and it’s magical in its own way. You see, we met as co-workers at a restaurant in Flagstaff, AZ. Read more>>

Baylee Eatinger

I would say my journey as a photographer started young. When I was just a kid, my parents always made sure I had a film camera or two to play with and once I was old enough, they started buying me small point-and-shoot digital cameras every Christmas. Read more>>

Landon Wiggs

I’ve been exposed to the arts since I was young, and I played a handful of instruments including classical guitar and bass guitar. My interest in photography grew while I was deployed to the Sinai in 2013 with the 1st Cavalry Division. I was a combat medic rotating from “South Camp” to smaller outposts along the Egyptian/Israeli border. Read more>>

Annie Weeks

Ever since I can remember, I have always sought after creating and dreaming and designing. When I was in elementary school, I remember sitting for hours after school practicing my handwriting on the back of a Crayola marker box and I would get so excited. Read more>>


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