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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.

Josiah Meck

The house is full of prototypes – live edge shelves, coffee tables, benches, cutting boards, and bowls. What started as a hobby has now become my profession and the online marketplace, mixed with the local artists’ groups, have allowed this venture to be successful. Read more>>

Annie Loyd

As part of the Artists of the Superstition I have encouragement and shows to be part of. This also give support and the buyers understanding of what is good and sellable, or maybe with this piece we should try again. Read more>>

Eric Peta

I have lived in Arizona for most of my life and have been a competitive swimmer for most it as well. After high school I decided to spend time in nature. I backpacked through Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Read more>>

Dave Regan

Tattooing captured my attention at a time when it’s power and popularity had yet to be realized. As I grew into my teen years, tattooing found its way into the collective sphere, but it was still challenging to get ones foot in the proverbial door. Read more>>

Jeanette Brown

I not only loved taking pictures, but also bringing them to life on paper. Because of this love, I majored in Studio Arts with an emphasis in photography when I attended college at the University of Arizona. Read more>>

Vanessa Ortiz

My first studio tour in 2014 I sold about 20 art pieces and every since then I have been selling my art work at multiple art shows. It’s truly is wonderful feeling to get amazing feed back from my customers about my artwork. Read more>>

Arti Jain

With my work, I am also helping make a difference in our society by not only sharing my culture and creating awareness but also donating to victims of domestic violence. Read more>>

Lisa Soke

I got back into painting as a way to reclaim myself, and once I started I knew I couldn’t stop. I recently discovered that I have a rare condition called aphantasia, which is when a person has no mind’s eye. Read more>>

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>>


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