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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.

Charlotte Francis

After realizing how much I hated what I was doing I quit school and picked my camera up again because it kind of clicked to me that I didn’t want to be another person miserable at work not doing what I loved just because of money. Read more>>

Brittany Noble and Jesse Noble

We are both head over heels with photography and feel so dang lucky that we get to be wedding and elopement photographers! We both used to have big corporate jobs after we graduated college. Read more>>

Chelsea Sieck

I’ve always been drawn to art and artists, basically anything or anyone not traditional. In high school I took art classes and knew I needed to do something in the art community. Since then I’ve dabbled in painting and more recently photography. Read more>>

Colby Caine

I picked up a camera for the first time in 2015 and I can’t say my life’s ever been the same. I just wanted to take photos of abandoned buildings friends and I would often explore throughout the Midwest. Read more>>

Lexi Spitzer

I’ve always been a creative spirit but I was more inclined musically as a blues vocalist throughout high school and only made art in moments few and far between. For me, art was a way to express feelings without having to use words or have any reasoning, and that especially goes for abstract art. Read more>>

Linda Glover Gooch

I Began Oil painting at the age of 13 when I visited a home of friends who had a studio set up. I was very intrigued by the supplies and ask my mother for them. She bought me my first set of oil paints and put me into private oil painting classes, I painted with adults at that time. Read more>>

Ken Manygoats

I’m a tattoo artist in Mesa Arizona. I been tatttoing for about five years here around the Phoenix area. I’m originally from a small town in New Mexico and a member of the Navajo Nation. I was always into art from out traditional art (jewelry, pottery etc) and main stream art like books and museums. Read more>>

Matthew Smith

I have been training in a martial art, To-Shin Do modern Ninjutsu, for the past 15 years. I started in 2003 studying with Michael Stinson at the Phoenix Quest Center, now Quest Martial Arts Chandler. I am always on the path of bettering myself with whatever I put myself into. Read more>>

Lucia Franco

My parents gifted me my first point and shoot camera when I was 13 years-old. I would take it out with my girlfriends and we would have our own mini “photoshoots.” I took pictures of everything I could, until one summer, my family and I went to California and I got sand inside the camera lens. Read more>>

Melodee Fiske

There was a time in my life where I wanted more. I wanted to be successful but as a new stay at home mom, there was a lot of guilt attached to that feeling. I had always dabbled in portrait photography but it was usually around the holidays. Read more>>

 

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