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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.

Benjamin Conner

I am an advocate and a living example of positive progression. Locally successful as an artist and a pillar in my community. I work full time in the banking industry. I have a beautiful 6yr old daughter. Was never expected to live past my late teens- I’m thriving at 34…..That, to say the least, is what’s “unique” about me. Read more>>

Valerie Burton

Although I cannot quite recall my younger years, I do have black and white photographs that my dad took and printed out himself. So, it feels like I remember. I think thats why I’ve always loved photos and photography…. the lasting memories. Read more>>

Victoria Dewees

When I’m taking pictures, I prefer them to be more candid and natural. I want to capture the raw moments of happiness, sadness, and anything in between. I’m very passionate about this aspect of my pictures which I think you can see in a lot of my work. I think that the natural beauty in things and moments can be truly spectacular. Read more>>

Beezy and Better Known

Some of the different themes our songs are about are our struggles, experiences, about dumb shit, and whatever inspires us. We take different artistic approaches to discover new music vibes, sometimes revisit old ones, but overall have fun with it. Read more>>

Andrea Durfee

This time allowed me to develop my current style and voice, painting landscapes that mesh figures with their environment. My art therapy background continues to inform my process-focused approach, and I have loved sharing my work as it develops. Read more>>

John Panza

We create a dining experience like nothing else around. I create my dishes to draw people into our space to celebrate the amazing foods grown in our very own town and bring communities together. I have always been proud to be a Chef, but this is a whole new sense of pride. Read more>>

Rob The Heart

Inspirations… people who see being a music artist as more than just making songs, but incorporating all the art mediums to create a complete package. I’m digging deep, but people like David Bowie, Flaming Lips, Santigold, Danger Mouse, Kaytranada, Blood Orange. Read more>>

Sarah Craig

The art I create for Sugar Moon Magic, can be divided into two groups, there’s the Pagan or Wiccan inspired artwork, Often in a very graphical, black and white style by using traditional pen and ink, and then there’s all the feminist-inspired artwork, that’s more colorful, maybe even a bit quirky and whimsical at times. Read more>>

Ish Reyez

As I spent the rest of my high school years constructing my sound I was able to achieve some awesome goals such as performing live multiple times for my school choir and even sneaking in a couple of solos! I even got the opportunity to play a nonprofit organization called relay for life. Read more>>

Chelsea Robson

After 35 years in business, my parents decided to, and the old family ranch was sold in December of 2018. Though I see it all as positive, it’s still been a whirlwind of change in a very short amount of time. I’m using this time to look at all of my talents and really determine what it is that drives me. Read more>>

Diana Sprague

When I was younger, I used to carry around the disposable cameras for family trips and major events until I got my first digital, point and shoot camera, which was a Canon. For any special occasion, I always had my camera in hand. It wasn’t until more recently that I decided to become serious with my interest and pursue it professionally. Read more>>

Sierra Scriver

I made the jump to begin photography professionally a little after I got my first hand-me-down DSLR (My first real camera). It’s been about three years since then, and I’ve taught myself everything I know. I’ve never had second thoughts about photography as my career. Read more>>

Bebe Sprinzl

As I got into high school though I felt that there was a strong stigma to being labeled an artist, not just from my peers but from some of my educators as well. It took me well into my adult years before finally embracing that being an artist is just a part of who I am and I shouldn’t be ashamed. Read more>>

Ali Tso

Many of us hear it all the time: Just do what you love. This is your life so why not make the most of your time to enjoy it! Spend time with loved ones, be curious, and be bold. It’s been a roller coaster of a journey, but I’m so blessed and thankful for the experiences that led me here. Read more>>

David Habben

Every city has a place where artists can meet and talk to each other. I believe the more real relationships you can make time for, the better your mental health will be and the will translate to better, more productive, art making. That was in large part my reason for going back to school and getting into academia. Read more>>

Jonathan Gabriel Jr.

I have been drawing and making my own personal comic strips since I was around five to six years old. At that age, I was very fascinated by illustrated children’s books. I grew up reading Archie and Peanuts’ comic books including newspaper comic strips and started becoming fascinated with the creation process of it. Read more>>

Marcial Jaime Paredes

I love creating pieces in any medium and using various materials. For a long time, I was struggling to find the right medium for me until I realized I don’t have to choose just one. Some of my best work comes when I use a mix of things. Read more>>

Jean Carmen

I want people to know that everything I do is genuine, that I’m trying and will only continue to learn and share that knowledge. The world is so full of hate and quick judgment, fast tempers, and unrelenting disagreements, I simply want to bring kindness and acceptance to this world. Read more>>

Erikha Montes de Oca

My mother made it with a special root called Tepezcohuite and it was the fix all. It healed cuts, scrapes, burns in no time. I remember her making batches with beeswax and the Tepezcohuite root powder, making the whole cabin smell so good. Read more>>

Andrea Perrone

I shoot many things: portraits, sports, landscapes, and more. My favorite thing to shoot is typically portraits because you never know what will come from your shoot it’s not just about what you are doing but it also relies on the model and how they style the image as well. Read more>>

 

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