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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.

Jett Smith, Marceliano Festa and Kaz McClain

We deal with those things ourselves in our own individual ways, but we believe making it a part of our art is a way of converting those feelings into positive energy and owning them. To us, these two topics go very much hand in hand, as confronting an unfortunate reality that needs huge changes to progress forward in a sustainable way can weigh down on a person’s mind. Read more>>

Jared Kvitka

I introduced myself, told him I was interested in working at his studio. He told me to head down there the following week and ask for Kim, tell her we spoke and got my first studio job as an intern. It was pretty surreal to speak with him as I was a big NIN fan. I figured I had nothing to lose by asking, so just goes to show all you need to do sometimes is ask. Read more>>

Rachel Stone

Photography has been my job since I was 12, and I’m really hoping it’s my job for the rest of my life. I shoot families, couples, and the occasional wedding but seniors will ALWAYS be my favorite. My goal during portrait sessions is to always make my girls feel confident and beautiful and provide them with photos they’ll always want to look back on. Read more>>

Snigdha Gopidi

The summer before 9th grade, my parents bought a digital camera for the family to take photos on trips and special occasions. Over that summer, I was curious about the camera, so I just started taking photos of random sunsets and food like any basic teenager trying to be aesthetic. Read more>>

Chris Bandusky

I started playing music around the age of six, the two instruments I started out on were the alto saxophone and the trumpet. It wasn’t until the age of 13 I picked up the guitar, and I was hooked! I practiced for hrs on end daily, and by the age of 21, I was picked up with a National rock band on RCA Records. Read more>>

Rachel Leintz

I learned the physics of photography in graduate school at the George Washington University when I was working on my Master’s Degree in Forensic Science. Before I became a professional photographer, I worked for the Phoenix and Mesa Police Departments as a Crime Scene Specialist. Read more>>

Brittney Anderson

I attended numerous conferences and blogger parties that, while very fun, never left much of an impact on me. I found myself attending them to connect with other women, have a good time and “fill my gas tank” so to speak. Motherhood can be exhausting and if you don’t stop to fill up every once in a while, you run out of gas. I wanted to create something for the average, everyday mom that was affordable but valuable. Read more>>

Julie Griffin

For me, it’s always been about serving mothers and families well by capturing them authentically and beautifully in whatever season they are in. It wasn’t about “art” to me, it was just serving families and making parents thrilled with how I captured their kids. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I actually said the words out loud: “I am an artist”.  Read more>>

Breanna Dixson

I love people & believe in celebrating life, so I capture moments that will last forever, photos that move people & evoke emotion. I photograph births, newborns, milestones, families, seniors, couples, engagements, bridals, weddings & other events. Read more>>

Abigail Wolf

My art includes paintings, calligraphy, drawings, re purposed clothing, graphic design, and photography. I work both on the computer in programs like Light room and Photoshop as well as hands on. However, with my recent independent study, I chose to do a mixed media process- both analog and digital. Read more>>

Shannon Macey

My work reminds me of the inner-workings of my own mind. On one side there are rigid boundaries and organization. And on the other side, there is chaos. I love that there’s so much detail in each piece. You can’t digest the whole painting in a mere moment. It takes time to analyze it and to really see it. Read more>>

Dallin Willden

My interest and love for photography started when I was in high school. I had a senior project due for my English class and decided to create a brand and hobby for myself while making a little bit of money to save up for my college expenses. Once I stopped relying on school equipment and rentals and had my own gear I was obsessed. Read more>>

Diana Irving

Like so many other photographers, I’ve always had a little bit of a creative itch and loved taking photos. But I believe those two things aren’t enough for someone to make it in this industry. I learned very quickly that being a creative business owner is HARD! You’ve got to have a deeper WHY to keep it going. Read more>>

Dallin Willden

My interest and love for photography started when I was in high school. I had a senior project due for my English class and decided to create a brand and hobby for myself while making a little bit of money to save up for my college expenses. Once I stopped relying on school equipment and rentals and had my own gear I was obsessed. Read more>>

Christina Ranburger

I paint to bring color to people’s lives. I see how my art affects people in person, and I feel like my job is making people happy for a living. I feel that art is so important for one’s well-being and that it can be undervalued in this day and age. I want to bring art into people’s lives so I will keep painting on. Read more>>

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