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Thought-Provokers: San Tan Valley

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 San Tan Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Rebecca Johnson

My photography journey, unexpectedly, began while walking the 1000 year old streets of main land China. I actually remember the exact moment the the creative spark caught onto a full fledged fire. Already living in China for 3 months, the government had shut down most of the internet, making communication with our families minimal. Read more>>

Diana Smith

My unique journey to becoming a professional photographer started with a general love for art at a young age. While I studied other professional fields, something always brought me back to photography.
I made the decision to pursue my dreams full-time shortly after my son was born. Read more>>

Mary Opat

“Quantum Leap” is the name I’ve given to one of my recent oil painting series. The moment when reality forms from scattered protons, electrons and neutrons to achieve clarity. That may be a good metaphor to describe my personal path to a career in art.  Read more>>

Brenda Evangelista

I have been creating for as long as I can remember. My life has been a series of phases – snapshots of different areas of interest to explore. As a child, I had formed a motto for myself – “Create Beauty”. Read more>>

Hillarie Laver

My dream had always been to be a photographer, but the passion came for me when I was doing volunteer work in Mozambique, Africa in 2009. From the moment I arrived, everything I laid eyes on was beautiful and inspiring. Read more>>

Crystal Cortez

Art was always a connection I couldn’t find anywhere else. I moved around a lot when I was younger because my parents were separated and my mom had a hippie way of life, but that allowed me to see a lot of cool art styles that inspired me. Read more>>

Tori MacDougall

I was always that one girl who brought a disposable camera to school to take photos of my friends way before camera phones and selfies existed. I tend to live through my camera as I’ve been told but it’s just my way of life. I feel like god has given me his gift and I am thankful for it. Read more>>

Margaret Stillwell

Life is a funny thing. You can travel many miles, spend years wearing different hats, but if you are lucky, in retirement, you get to return to your childhood endeavors. Such is my story. Read more>>

Nichole Kluth

Nichole Kluth’s artwork now spans the United States, from coast to coast. Her collector list is ever-growing, and she enjoys giving back to her community and supporting causes that are close to her heart. Read more>>

Albert (Silver Fox) Wach

I’m dedicated to preserving the aboriginal cultures of Turtle Island (North America) through art and creativity. Read more>>


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