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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.

Emily deCastro

I started my business to change peoples perspective of the basic American dessert. Pie is so underestimated! Everyone loves it but feels maybe it’s just for the holidays… I’m here to make pie the new cake. Pie at your wedding, baby and bridal showers, birthdays. Each pie with its own small flower arrangement to add to any event. Read more>>

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>>

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