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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.

Amy Martin

My life has taken many paths, driven by the desire to aid in conservation and social justice issues. I was a Park Ranger and biologist at Grand Canyon, working in active conservation of endangered species and landscapes, and learned to understand the fragility of Arizona’s unique environments. Read more>>

Mary Mulvihill

I contribute my inspiration through life experiences and a self-taught approach. My creativity started at a young age with many areas of artistic expression including various art classes (painting, drawing, and pottery) in school, sewing, and crocheting (taught by my blind grandmother). Read more>>

Alexis Rainery

When I was pretty young, my mom was getting her associate’s in graphic design at GCC, which made art supplies pretty accessible growing up. I don’t think I started to really to draw on a regular basis until about halfway through middle school. Read more>>

Michael Schoonover

am a public school history teacher, and I’ve always loved maps. This journey cannot be brief; it is too good of a story. Everything started back when I was teaching 7th grade, and my students were struggling with the concept of “culture”. Read more>>

Christina Johnson

My photography journey started like quite a few other creatives out there – taking photos of my kids. I have two wild and adventurous little boys and they are hands down my creative inspiration and the spark that helped me rediscover my creative side! Read more>>

Lesley Bodwell

I have always had a love of creativity, starting with interior design. After I had my son, I started playing around with a “fancy” camera my husband bought for me as a gift. I quickly learned to love action photography, watching my son play sports. Read more>>

Ryan Niebla

After the military I worked any job I could to support my family, still doing art in my free time. Eventually I went back to school for Visual and game programming where I tried to specialize in Technical Art, the merging of programming and more traditional art. Read more>>

Yvette Marie

Nothing else comes close to the joy and fulfillment of what I get to do every day. And, as a bonus, my family can move anywhere in the world and I can take it with me and never have to start over in my “career”. Read more>>

Dina Freberg

I’ve directed countless projects (some of which I’ve also written) and Georgia has been screened at some of the most major film festivals in the world, including Berlinale and Cannes. Since this transition, I’ve began working in production and doing stand-up in LA at venues such as The Comedy Store. Read more>>

Brian Mock

I’ve always loved creating and trying new mediums- painting, drawing, woodcarving. About 20 years ago I thought I’d give metalworking a try, so I taught myself how to weld. Scrap metal was good to practice with (it was cheap and available) though soon I began to realize it was also really interesting material. Read more>>

 

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