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Thought-Provokers: Phoenix

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

Amanda Borst

I started this whole “photography thing” like so many mom-togs do. When I became a mom for the first time (which was more than 7 years ago), I couldn’t get enough of my daughter and felt an overwhelming pull to want to document her everyday through digital photography. I wanted to freeze time and remember those beginning moments forever and knew photographs would do just that. Read more>>

Maxi Millions

I’ve been a performer since childhood. I would put on 1 act plays in my living roo in front of the television, so my parents would have to watch my masterpiece. As a young child, I was involved in a quite a few dance classes, but as I got older I started to gravitate more towards acting and eventually became heavily involved with my high school’s theater department. Read more>>

Melik Sayin

I was visiting a book fair when I was in middle schools and I saw this very talented calligraphy artist writing people’s name in a very elegant , unique style. It was a like a therapy watching his pen as if it was dancing on the paper. I fell in love with calligraphy that day. I started practicing calligraphy since then. I haven’t taken any classes or any lessons, I learned by imitating the writings I like. Read more>>

Lora Barnhiser, Lora Barnhiser

I have always made artwork for myself and family since high school. I even went to college to study Fine Arts. A few years ago, I had been going through a difficult time. In order to cope, my art-production level increased significantly. Read more>>

Keely Finucane

grew up in the small town of New London, PA with my parents, two older sisters, and a house full of animals which some refer to as the Finucane Zoo. Our childhood was spent playing in the woods, building forts and climbing trees. We created our own adventures while inventing our own worlds to play in. Read more>>

Heidi Kendall

I remember that moment as if it was yesterday, the day I unwrapped my very own camera. It as a purple Kodak (point and shoot of course) film camera. It was so cool and I was on cloud nine. You see I’m the kid who could repeatedly flip through old photo albums laughing at my parents hair styles, and let me tell you there were some doozies. Of course, lets not forget the ridiculous outfits they dressed me in, but somehow I managed to pull off the look. Read more>>

Krista Hill

Creativity is embedded deep into my roots. My entire family beams with creativity and it’s been a part of my life since I was merely a thought. Unfortunately when I graduated high school funds were a little too tight to send me to college, so my mom suggested a trade school to learn Massage Therapy. I spent the next decade building a thriving MT career, but still longed to fulfill that inner burn calling me to be a working artist. Read more>>

Leslie Rogers Ross

Growing up a stone’s throw away from the vibrancy that is New York City,” in a small New Jersey suburb while living with a dad who was a professional singer/actor and well versed in the richness of the arts, I easily fell into my own love affair with artistic expression. Read more>>

Jayde Pigati

Growing up I was always running around with my parents film cameras or disposables and printing hundreds of photos. I loved to look through old albums and reminisce on all of the fun memories of my parents as well as my sisters and I. After having my first daughter my passion for photography grew and I knew this is what I was meant to do. Read more>>

Samantha Meadows

I recently produced a “documentary series” if you will and named it ‘Grit and Grace’. It’s currently on YouTube. It’s a series of 10 episodes, each episode is a different person telling their story. In episode 10, I will be sharing my story in more detail. Please, feel free to come watch it! I’m hoping to have someone somewhere relate to the story and have it help them! Read more>>

Mark Jay Freedman

The art-making impulse hit me late. It came into my life in my mid twenties while living in Haifa, Israel and has been with me ever since. Not to say art wasn’t always a part of my life, because it was. My parents and grandparents were patrons and supporters of the arts and creativity was encouraged when undertaking all endeavors. Read more>>

 

 

Jackie Merida

My anxiety always presented itself in its darkest form in social environments so meeting new people was a huge stress for me. Thankfully I have a husband who is the complete opposite of me, he can talk to anyone about anything. He pushed me and encouraged me to pursue photography. Read more>>

Jared Murray

I want to empower any client or subject of mine to feel the same. I experience no greater satisfaction in my work than when another person is somehow affected by what I do. I’m not always too concerned about what that effect might be, because we each receive and interpret everything from a foundation based on our individual stories and experiences. What I am concerned about, however, is leaving something in this world that provides value and meaning—to myself and to others. Read more>>

Adeib EM Civitatestres

I decided I wanted to start taking portraits and we kept gaining more and more followers. At some point my friends got busy with college and life and decided to leave the account so I ended up posting by myself from that point. Fast forward to summer 2017 I got a cool opportunity to shoot for Vogue Arabia and yeah its been amazing ever since! I love photography and I met so many friends through it and I’m just super excited for the future! Read more>>

Carmen Mejia

I am self taught & i spend most of my time watching youtube videos and practicing by myself through trial and error until i get something that i like. This has made me appreciate and admire all of the artists that are out there expressing what they love to do and the time they spend in order to transmit to others a piece of them through their art. My goal is to grow and to become better everyday, teach others and continue doing what i love the most. Read more>>

Shelby Joiner

My interest and skill blossomed which led to the title of Apprentice Painter/Dyer in the following season. At this point I was given many wonderful opportunities to create what I loved and then see it on stage. At the conclusion of my final year as an apprentice, I was hired to do similar work at a theatre in Utah over the summer. I now hold the position of Painter/Dyer at Arizona Opera and freelance at various theaters around the valley. Read more>>

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