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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.

Jenny Medlock

I’ve spent the last 26 years teaching English in public schools in Tennessee, Nevada, and Arizona. As a teacher, a writer, and an artist my goal is to the leave the world (or at least my little corner of it) better than I found it. Read more>>

Ben De Soto

The biggest challenges facing artist today, I think is competition and exposure. Although I have been in the artistic area for a long time, I find you just have to keep moving forward. Who knows what lies ahead. Another thing is to maintain your drive and passion for your work. Read more>>

Kristy Hofmann

I’m happy when I am creating! Sewing quickly became my go-to after I got married in 2010. I took pride in the things I made from patterns and ventured out a lot in making my own things from scratch. I’m the kind of person who just figures out how to do everything and does it herself! I’ve tried my hand at embroidery. Read more>>


I started off beat boxing around the age of five which turned into writing lyrics. I sharpened my skills while in and out of corrections facilities from the age of 9 to 20. I put my first mix tape out at 21 and been pursuing music ever since. Read more>>

Erica Williams

Art goes deep within my roots. I didn’t find my love for photography until I had my second child and moved to Arizona. In May 2008, I started my photography business and quit my full-time job at the bank. I always knew I wanted to do something with my art skills and photography found me. Read more>>

Selene Koster

Through their year-long program I gained the fundamentals of drawing and oil painting, and in time discovered more about myself than I ever knew. It was an amazing journey, and with the support from my husband and sisters, I graduated confidant in who I was as both an artist and individual. Read more>>

Amanda Lambert

I kept being told I should consider getting into photography so I decided to buy a decent camera & take a class with a local photographer. I learned a lot, but I also realized how much knowledge I already had which gave me confidence in taking the next step. Read more>>

Morgan Reilly, Tate Van Cleve, ReillyVanCleve and Trismic

Despite the ease of working together, the band hit a crushing setback very early on. In 2011, RVC organized a benefit to provide assistance for a friend stricken with breast cancer, and the majority of their equipment was stolen shortly after the performance. Read more>>

Dan Aponte

Discovering that art can be used as a way of communication and language was a life changing event in my life. With this new developed skill, I made connections in my brain to think in images and symbolism. Read more>>

Marissa Henriquez

I’ve been drawing since I was about 3 years old, always practicing and developing my style and skills. I knew I wanted to be an artist since I was young. Once I got to ASU I got into painting, especially with oils, and I fell more in love! Art has always been something I can come home to. Read more>>

Marian Sommers

Mom told me “I painted my first mural at age two when I woke up from my nap and the wall needed a little something” Now seriously, like all artist, Marian says she was “born this way”. Marian Sommers was 17 when she first exhibited her work in the window of a local gallery. Read more>>

Paige Gangloff

Art has been a huge part of my life ever since I can remember. Growing up I was always inspired by my grandmother who is an incredible ceramics artist and painter. Every time I would visit her house I would walk into her studio and stare in awe at her beautiful handmade tiles and even paintings applied right on to the kitchen cabinets. Read more>>

James Mercer

I have a different attachment to photography then I do with design. With design I feel like it is something fabricated inside a computer, on a hard drive, made of a bunch of code and computer chips. A photo is bottling up a moment and place in history, and turning it into something that can be remembered and shared forever. Read more>>

Erika Greene

Over the next few years I really focused on becoming the best wedding and couple’s photographer that I could be. I’ve been able to really grow my brand which focuses on adventure and the outdoors which is something I am super passionate about. Read more>>

Tara Keator

I shot the wedding, didn’t puke, and I loved everything about it! It was my first paid wedding at the age of 17 and the rest was history. From that point forward I built my portfolio and have shot over 500 weddings at this point. I loved building my business, not for the money, but for the relationships and the memories. Read more>>


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