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Thought-Provokers: Peoria

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 Peoria that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kathleen Reeder

Mark Twain said the two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. I found out why in 2009 while in Grand Teton National Park when it hit me that wildlife photography was my true passion and calling. Read more>>

Lance Linderman

I express myself most obviously through Driftwood. The coffee shop here is an extension of everything Luke and I find to be cool and interesting. I see every item sold, every bend of wood structurally, the records we spin, the drinks we concoct, the events we put on and so on to all be apart of an experience that we are curating for our customers. Read more>>

Pedro Perez Nuñez

I love to come up with stories that connect and resonate with people. I want to tell stories that move people and make them laugh or wonder for weeks. I think every compelling film is subject to its storyline. I believe that a film is not about the special effects and explosions, it’s about the raw emotions; I want to tell stories that move people and make them laugh or wonder for weeks. Read more>>

Kris Michael

Using my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from ASU, I earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in Art Education K-12 through Rio Salado. I’ve also recently discovered the world of face painting which is one of my favorite jobs. Another favorite gig I have is creating album art for musicians. Read more>>

Erin Miller

Do what you can with what you have. But the most important thing is to start. This was my biggest struggle. I wanted everything to be set up perfectly before doing anything. I needed the right equipment and software, the right plan executed in the right order, the right time and stability to feel safe making the leap. Read more>>

Cheryl Penner

I love macro photography in nature, capturing things other people might not see. I love to go on hikes, taking photos of nature in all its glory. I try very hard to capture Gods beautiful creations, as well as His beauty, through my photos. That is my goal with my photographs. Read more>>

Kate Grutsky

I took a chance and moved a thousand miles away from my home. I left everything behind to pursue a new beginning. I was not entirely sure as to what the future held for me. However, I needed to work, so I started looking for a job. I decided to go into banking. Read more>>

Julia Larish

I was always an athlete growing up, so fitness has always been a part of my life. It wasn’t until I was playing college volleyball that I realized I could have maximized my potential as an athlete if I would’ve trained harder off the court and taken my nutrition more seriously. Read more>>

Taylor Elyse

I learned guitar and piano, but music was always like my special secret. Like I could sing, and I knew it, but I didn’t have to share it with anybody until I really felt ready. Over the recent last few years, I’ve branched out from singing at home with my parents to falling in love with songwriting by myself and performing in different venues and restaurants in the valley. Read more>>

Shari Rowe

As a solo artist, Country Music was the most natural place for me to land. I was raised on it, it resonates with me, and I love the community- the fans and the friends I’ve made in the industry. My husband, Kevin, and I met through music, and it continues to take us across the country and overseas, playing shows, writing, recording, and releasing new projects. Read more>>

Lars Romig

I fell in love with adventuring towards the end of high school, but I had already earned the term from my friends of a “Lars Adventure.” I love to share these adventures and show the amazing places this earth has to offer!!!!! You’ll find me by Bike, Foot, Rope and any other modality to experience this world. Read more>>

Amber Kay Lonski

As a young girl, I loved documenting everything from my pets- to my grandma’s backyard landscape- to my friends. As I got older, I began working in the corporate world and put this passion of mine to the side and never really thought I would get the chance to become a photographer. I thought at the time, it was too late. Read more>>


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