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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.

Tara Lund

I was born in Canada, but grew up in Montana. When I was 16 I was living on my own. I left High School and moved to Tahoe to teach skiing. I always wanted to be a photographer!!! When I turned 24 I went to Burning Man. I had a grand idea I should photograph this beautiful earth. I rode my bike across New Zealand and The United States capturing everything in slow motion. Read more>>

Heather Weiler

My name is Heather. I am a rainbow-sprinkle addict, dog-lover, paper obsessed creator. I have always loved words. Words have the power to change us and to make us feel in a way that nothing else can. I have lived in Arizona for eight years and am a self-taught calligrapher/handletterer since 2016. Read more>>

Jordyn Foott

I hope to inspire others in regards to fashion and the human body. I hope for others to appreciate the fact that clothes do not have to be off to be artistic and beautiful. You should know that I am a freelance model. I create my own look and my own ideas. All with hopes to keep moving forward and inspire. Read more>>

Kara Knapp

I have been taking pictures since I was a little kid running around with my parent’s film camera, but my professional career as a photographer began in 2015 when I became a business partner at a newborn studio in Mesa. I was newly married, had just moved from Dallas to Phoenix, and was beyond excited to finally make a career out of something I loved. I had a decent amount of experience and had even done a few newborn sessions on my own, but I still had so much to learn. Read more>>

Paisley Martinez

I have always worked some crazy (male predominant) jobs, and when I became pregnant with my last little, all of that came to a halt. I was sick always and decided it was best to stay home. From this I really discovered my passion for beauty and saw the art in it . I started doing my makeup constantly. Read more>>

Christina Mata

A unique story? I don’t really have a unique story. My love for photography mostly stemmed from my dad. He was very much into photography when I was younger. I remember seeing him set up his equipment for portrait shoots and cleaning his camera all the time, all the rolls of film he would have, always keeping them in the refrigerator.  Read more>>

Molly Kay Lynn

I live in Mesa. I’m a wife to a very supportive husband and mother to the sweetest baby boy in the world. From a young age I was introduced to what pretty was and what ugly was. My whole adolescents I became to believe I was in the ugly category. Even into my adulthood I have struggled with my self image. Read more>>

Sherry Dryja

Although my day job as a technical illustrator involves drafting images to illustrate an invention, up until recently, I have considered my real art to be the written word. A couple of years ago I started writing a fashion blog called Petite Over 40. At first, the text was number 1 and the photos were supplemental.  Read more>>

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