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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.

Kristie Hurst

My first career was actually as a cosmetologist. I spent a decade in the beauty industry, and I loved the creative outlet my job provided. I loved helping women by enhancing the beauty that was already there! I especially loved working with brides on their wedding day. Read more>>

Hannah Israelsen

My path to becoming a photographer is an unusual one. I actually got my bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and was an elementary school art teacher for a couple years before moving to Arizona. Read more>>

Bailey Vidler

From drawing, I took a baby step over into graphic design, and then photography was another baby step from there, and it’s just a very long series of baby steps that have gotten me to the place I am now. Read more>>

Byron Winkelman

My first real memory of how my journey down the path to where I am now all started was one Halloween when I was very young. My father was getting ready to carve the pumpkin, just in time for trick or treating. I remember thinking, “3 triangles, a half moon, and we’re done!” Read more>>

Sandra Neumann Wilderman

I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was drawing maps and creating covers for my reports in elementary school. After I graduated from High School, I worked as a freelance artist and studied at The Toledo Museum of Art. Read more>>

Karyn Robinson

I’m a self-taught artist and when I began, it was always with the question…”I wonder if I can paint that?” The more I painted the better of an artist I became. Still today, the painting begins with a question, only those questions have become more complex. Read more>>

Lindsay Elizabeth

Creativity is in my family, it’s in our blood. My grandmother was a phenomenal artist and I remember staring at her paintings for hours on end as a little girl. She has always been a great inspiration for me. My personal story with art though is more about healing and finding out who I am. Read more>>

Sheryl Nieman

My paintings have been in juried shows, outdoor fairs, galleries, residences, and businesses around the world. My drawing and drafting skills, coupled with construction and painting, were used in live theater, photo studios, video/television studios, and residence and commercial space remodels. Read more>>

Sydney Aylesworth

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. In high school, I started to take it seriously and started my own little business. Since then I’ve been shooting for 7 years now. Through these years I have fallen in love with emotion, people, memories, this beautiful world, and traveling. Read more>>

Janae Dunn

Though I didn’t make it on the show, I was able to take a risk with confidence despite the outcome— and I’d never been able to do that before…It’s been one heckuva ride so far, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The longer I tread, the more I find myself enjoying the process and challenges that arise. Read more>>

 

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