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Thought-Provokers: Scottsdale

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

Sarah Walker

In my studio, I am surrounded by old hand tools, turquoise cabochons cut by my Dad and Grandfather, and strings of beads, all handed down to me from my family. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Grandma and Grandpa Walker. Their love of beads, jewelry, silversmithing, and the natural world were such a huge part of what helped shape me. Read more>>

Eric Shilling

Will I ever stop creating? No. Do I know where I want to go next or what I want to do? No, I never truly will, but if it fuels me to wake up in the morning, be around inspiring, healthy minded people, and be creative – I’ll be there. Read more>>

Daniel Baele

Upon moving back to Phoenix, I took some time to begin a much-needed personal exploration in my art, and started to invest myself in projects that I found personally enjoyable. Since the summer of 2018, I have been lucky enough to spend my professional time working as a Gallery Attendant at the Phoenix Art Museum. Read more>>

Rita Goldner

I’m a former elementary school teacher and am passionate about children’s literacy and quality in their literature. My agenda is to teach something about the world, or natural sciences, in a fun way. I’m also an advocate for sustainable world ecology, and endangered species. Read more>>


I traveled a lot as a child, graduated from Kubasaki High School on Okinawa, and attended all three Arizona universities. I am a retired educator having worked in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona. I taught art, math, at-risk kiddos, and was a high school counselor for the last 15 of my 32-year career in education. Read more>>

V. Norton

I have been a professional artist for over 40 years. I am a dual artist, creating both in ceramics and calligraphy. I have been in Sedona, AZ. for over 30 years. I came over from Venice, California, where I lived after graduating from UCLA. I was ready to leave city life and come to the country. Read more>>

Jill Granger

That moment of being able to create something on my own was the catalyst for my career path that lied ahead. I began designing for family and friends and started my own freelance business as a side hustle while still working in the corporate world. Read more>>

Kyle and Claire Johnson

We’re a pair of siblings with a knack for creating! In 2014 we started a local delivery service called Scottsdale Zoom which specializes in custom deliveries from any store or restaurant in the valley! We took a grass roots approach to growing our customer base by passing out fliers. Read more>>

Sarah Elliott

Principles such as form follow function; as well as, composing designs  that balance size, shape, and color. All of which are essential in creating Sarah Elliott Jewelry’s unique designs. Additional attributes important to  her designs include an attention to detail and the quality of craftsmanship  in each and every piece. Read more>>

Diana Clauss

It felt so natural as I was smoothing out the wet silk and straightening the grain lines just like years ago with my grandmother. At that moment I realized I did not have to choose between these two disciplines and they could inhabit the work equally. Read more>>


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