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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.

Dallas Rowley

Without any snorkeling gear, I jumped in and came up with a pair of car keys! To me, that was as cool as a pirate’s treasure, and I kept those keys for years. A few years ago, some family and I started diving a lot more, and I had a GoPro gifted to me. I decided to Super Glue the GoPro to my Snorkel Mask (Which I had found in the river), and start recording my dives. Read more>>

Michelle Ayon

Building and creating things has always been one of my favorite things to do. As an Emergency Room Nurse by day, I started this business as a creative outlet to de-stress from a long/ hard day at the hospital. I have a passion for restoring old furniture and creating farmhouse decor. Read more>>

Jaycie Shields

I have always enjoyed drawing, but when I started painting I quickly fell in love, and it became my biggest passion. At the beginning of my painting journey, I didn’t really know what my “style” of art was. I was focused mostly on trying to make my paintings look perfect and as realistic as possible, and I obsessed over small details and accurate proportions. Read more>>

Candace Colburn

I am a mom to two awesome kids, a wife to my best friend, a career woman, girl scout leader, friend to many, and until this year a closet crafter. I’m busy and stressed and always on the go, but something about sewing, crafting and being creative is my happy place! I squished together my love of dogs and sewing into ‘Pawsitively Spoiled’ Pet Accessories. (My dog can only have so many accessories!). Read more>>

Alexis P. Johnson

I am a Believer, dreamer, Meyers-Briggs type ENFP, and all around super-nerd. I’m fueled by coffee, tea, art, and deep conversations. I’m an Arizona native, but it was only recently that I began to truly love my homeland and see its creative potential. I have been writing stories and poetry since I was a child and completed my first screenplay at age 10. Read more>>

Jeremy Davis

Music for me was always something I loved but wasn’t nurtured in my family which was a lot more into sports. After I decided I was done with baseball in college, I had a small point in my life where I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing or where I was headed. I continued to go to college but never felt like I belonged there although I was a great student. Read more>>

Marjorie Risk

A series of unexpected and life-threatening events in 2010 resulted in a change of life path. Once wide-open doors were closing, and new opportunities through art were developing. I left a very critical but political industry and began creating metal art from salvaged materials. The journey has not as always been easy but creating art has allowed me to connect and interact with people in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise. Read more>>

Katy Nichole Litwiller

I spent the first 12 years of my life in a small farm town in central Illinois and I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. When I was in 2nd grade, I begged my school principal to let me sing in front of the school at an assembly. It was my first real audience and I knew in that moment that music was my passion. Read more>>

Jeremy Lambert

I had the idea for my current band “Intent” back in 2015 or so. I just wasn’t a fan of what thrash metal was coming out with so I recruited my buddies, Ricardo Hall (guitar) and Garrett Loper (drums), to try and start something a little more to our liking. Read more>>

Leah Cluff

I’ve always loved drawing, ever since I can remember. When I was younger, I would draw people all the time with a pencil, ink, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, oils, basically whatever I could get my hands on. For the most part, I taught myself how to draw, except for one class in junior high and a couple lessons with a local artist. I never took it too seriously and just considered it a hobby up until this last year. Read more>>

Nate Garrett

I’ve been playing music since I was three years old, recording since I was fifteen, and touring since I was nineteen. I started Spirit Adrift in 2015 and joined Gatecreeper shortly thereafter. Both bands are signed to prominent metal labels and tour extensively. Read more>>

Jordan Byrd

What started out as simply selling egg ornaments on Facebook to friends and family has turned into a full-time career. I am now selling display eggs, egg ornaments, and even eggshell jewelry (no they don’t break) full time to support my daughter (she’s 5) and I also teach classes and workshops. Read more>>


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