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Thought-Provokers: Mesa

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


To put it as brief as possible, I applied for a job that I thought was in Brooklyn after I graduated college. Two weeks later, I found out that that job was in Los Angeles. With no plans of moving to LA to pursue music, on a complete whim/ desire to move out of my mom’s place, I moved across the country. Read more>>

Jason Reeves

I worked long hours before and after school to learn the skills necessary to adequately and confidently teach Ceramics. It was a rough, trial-by-fire type of year, but it taught me where students will struggle and how better to relate to them as they learn. Even when having to work that hard to understand something new, I still enjoyed teaching and sharing a passion for art with my students. Read more>>

Emma Millett

I think we have invented rules for ourselves and created a reality in which we can not question them. But it is an understood reality, not a permanent one – in other words, it’s a mindset. The actual reality is that we CAN question those rules. Read more>>

Jeri Motta

I have been photographing people since high school and have loved working creatively with families, seniors, brides, couples, and more. However, I never felt like those photo sessions left me feeling fulfilled. I dreamed of more, something empowering. I just didn’t know what that was yet! Read more>>

Sasha Knock

It wasn’t an easy start, but eventually, things worked out. I’m grateful I am able to do something I love every day. I’ve met incredible people and have heard stories that have moved me to the core. My goal is to help share those stories and life’s beauty with others. Read more>>

Tanja Pearson

A universe wrapped inside of the skin. Streams of complexity and color. A limitless mosaic flowing outward.” My goal in every session is to capture that complexity and beauty. I want my clients to walk away, feeling grateful to be themselves and recognize that their beauty doesn’t have to fit in a box. Read more>>

Lynn Bromenschenkel

Music, art, photography, and dance have always been passions of mine. I grew up on a dairy farm back in Minnesota, started playing electric guitar around age 13, and joined my first band at age 17 playing bass guitar. Since then, I’ve been in several bands in Minnesota, along with starting my own 12-string acoustic solo project, “Erased in a Moment,” before moving to Arizona in 2010. Read more>>

Trudy Sherman

I started dancing at age 6. I took ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics. I continued to take lessons through high school. During college, I regularly participated in Folk Dance and Square Dance as well as taking dance classes in college. After I graduated with my electrical engineering degree, I spent less and less time dancing. Read more>>

Ken Reif

I believe it is as always making a living. I work much harder at this than I did in the trades. I believe you have to do everything you can. Get involved, network, get exposure, and for me, paint as much as I can, always striving to improve. Read more>>

Ann Narcisian Videan

As an author and book shepherd, I live inside stories and creativity all day long every day. What joy to create my own worlds with words, and to help other authors manifest the books of their dreams, too! I realized my goal to publish a fiction book, *Rhythms & Muse,* along with a CD of five original tunes as a soundtrack for the contemporary women’s novel. Read more>>

Chelsea Goss

Hair and makeup are just a few ways that we get to express ourselves and show others pieces of who we are, and I love helping my clients feel beautiful by giving them an edgy haircut or crazy hair color, or whatever they feel like they need to feel positive about their appearance. Read more>>

Sky Nuttall

My bright orange and blue tour backpack would be full of film canisters every trip. The pictures I captured were the most important thing that made it back home with me, and I couldn’t wait to get my film developed to see what pictures I caught. My photography class in high school was by far my favorite course. Read more>>

Cassie Kalinski

Floured specializes in cupcakes and cakes, but we love treats and desserts of all kinds including cake pops, cookies, brownies, scones and more. We are committed to using ingredients of the highest quality and offer all the classic flavors such as chocolate and vanilla, as well as some interesting and unique combinations for the more adventurous palate! Read more>>

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