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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.

Nathan Jude

Each time I sit down to write a song, I start with the chords and melodies, and they quickly begin to define what genre the song wants to become. Once the song begins to take shape, I start to listen for the overall mood of the song, and that begins to define the direction of my lyrics. Read more>>

Josh Clare

My focus at that time was almost wholly on my mission and school was just something to fill in the time while I waited. I was required to declare a major and chose ‘art.’ I think part of me was planning on changing it later–but after that first semester of serious art instruction, I was hooked. Read more>>

Sydney Davis

Our brides are looking to find a dress that is different and unique, and that is reflective of their own personality and style. Every Neue Bride wants to feel like herself on her wedding day, and sometimes that means stepping outside the traditional bridal box. Read more>>

Sally Whetten

I decided to start charging for my photography, and Sally Whetten Photography was born! After dabbling in several genres – weddings, events, portraits, newborns – I discovered the subjects pertaining to motherhood really have my heart; maternity, newborns, families. Read more>>

Kami Stratton

After years of really being interested in photography, my husband finally got me what I like to call a “big girl camera,” and I started taking pictures for free. After dabbling in it for a few years, I finally took some courses and fell in love with newborn photography. At the time we were struggling with infertility. Read more>>

Yo Clark

I grew up in a tiny town in the middle of Nowhere, Idaho for the first half of my life and finished middle school and high school in Southern California. It was a serious life- altering change of pace, but I will always be grateful for the opportunity of experiencing the best of both worlds. Read more>>

Ray Cammarata

Like many people, Cammarata began playing guitar after he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan’s TV show. Two years later, the Baltimore native joined the Oxfords, a local soul band whose biggest claim to fame was opening for Archie Bell & the Drells at a Ft. Mead army base. Read more>>

Joanna Johnson

My children are biracial and I’ve realized how important representation is for them. In my youth, my default was to draw white people almost exclusively, but I am working to change that default. I want my children (and really anyone) to see themselves in my art. Read more>>

Braiden Crawford

The thought of being able to wear art on your skin was fascinating to me. I loved to draw but I wasn’t good at all when I started. I just loved it so much that I didn’t give it up. Staying up til the morning every night practicing and practicing. Read more>>

Jim Weller

I’ve worked with my hands all my life truck driver, flight instructor, firefighter, trainer, college instructor, but also enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. My wife and daughters are talented artisans in their own ways, but life was so busy for me that it seemed I didn’t have time to consider how developing an interest in the aesthetic side of life was possible. Read more>>

Michelle Robertson

After a few years of having my work reviewed, it was obvious that my work with teens was my passion. In 2016 I rebranded and began specializing in teens and seniors, and it has blossomed into something better than I could have imagined. Read more>>

Seda Pias

Music is generally one of my biggest inspirations, and this shop is a way for me to really express that. It’s also a place where I have full control of what I’m creating! I guess something I’d like people to take away from my work in my shop is just to keep an open mind. Read more>>

 

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