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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.

Katelyn Block

Food and cooking have always been a passion of mine. Growing up I loved helping my mom in the kitchen. While my brother and sister were watching their favorite sitcoms, I was always tuned into the Food Network. In high school and college, I would cook meals for my friends and roommates. Read more>>

Whittlee Hamblin

Creativity is in my blood. Whenever I visited my Granny, I noticed she had updated her home in some way. A new gallery wall here, a refinished side table there. She loved making her house a home and I loved watching her. I modeled her example in my own spaces. Read more>>

Dean Nelson

I started writing songs with my cousin, he lived across the country at the time. We would call each other up at night, “Did you hear that new king of Leon song? What do you think about the Daughtry album? I love that Slash guitar solo!” We wrote songs before falling asleep the guitar at the end of the bed. Read more>>

Rob J Elizondo

The music is what brought me back to taking photography seriously again. The need to be able to market yourself and doing many photoshoots with my bandmates made me realize just how important graphic arts would be for me and my artistic endeavors. Read more>>

Madison Tanner

I worked in Social Work for four years before becoming a mom. When my husband and I had our daughter, Lennon Coco, we decided that I should become a stay at home mother. It was a difficult transition at first. It was isolating, tiring and I realized pretty fast that being a mom is hard. Read more>>

Monique Flores

Makeup and hair have been my passion since childhood, after graduating from Toni & Guy in 2010 and getting Certified in Microblading I’ve been able to touch those around me and make them feel Beautiful. While in Beauty school I knew Weddings would be my specialty. Read more>>

Xana Marie

When I was twelve years old, I discovered a Polaroid 440 camera of my grandfathers and I was instantly hooked. I quickly burned through the two forgotten packs of film that my grandpa still happened to have and that was the true start of the love affair. Read more>>

April Lehman and Erin Grace

We’ve always been creative. When we were kids, we would play legos, just like a lot of kids. A lot of kids stick mostly to the instructional booklet that comes with the lego kit. We would most often create pretty rooms with those legos: living rooms, kitchens, outdoor spaces. Read more>>

Jensen Bailey

I began to discover my passion for art when I started junior high and signed up for an art class. As I progressed through high school, I continued to develop my love and skill, and I grew the desire to pursue art further than my high school walls could offer. Read more>>

Francine L. Kavanaugh

Although many art forms have shaped my artistic development, At the age of 70 I picked up the torch and began to learn the process of creating beauty out of steel. I love the whole process of starting with an idea and watching how the metal moves and changes along the way. Read more>>


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