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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.

Ralan Tehuti Ahku Sahu

I launched a successful mixtape that gained me much recognition in the Hip Hop community here in the states and globally while doing this is when I started to fall in love with art and writing again. I connected with radio personalities in France and started working on a tour with Cypress Hill. Read more>>

Aja Rolland

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with bright colors and the creative process of making and revamping art. Art has always been an outlet that has helped me cope with the unpredictable circumstances of life. Read more>>

Samantha Hanks

Although I had a camera and taken thousands of photos while on vacations, it never occurred to me how much I enjoyed photographing people. Read more>>

Doug Oliver

Working with light and the light source, creating compositions that put the viewer in the image is always a goal. Absence of the human element is also characteristic of my work as well. Read more>>

Adrienne Noyes

There hasn’t been a time in my life in which I haven’t considered myself an artist. From a young age I’ve always known this is what I was meant to explore. Read more>>

Pamela Stephens

My passion for capturing moments started right there on the floor in my grandparents’ house and it has blossomed into an 11 year photography business. I strive to freeze moments in time that can be cherished forever… Read more>>

Jeff Urdang

My practice as an artist is a reflection of my environment as well as an attempt to create a sort of visual map for my viewers to acknowledge. Read more>>

Shanon Rifenbery

My love of art continued throughout high school and college, but what I really wanted to pursue as a career was Interior Design. Read more>>

Diane Hope

After managing a large urban ecology study at Arizona State University for nearly 9 years, one day I heard a freight train. By that, I mean for the first time I really heard the sound of that horn – so different from trains in Europe. Read more>>

Jorge Barron

I began tattooing after enlisting in the Army in 2011. Both the industry and military life led me throughout multiple states and meeting thousands of amazing people I had the pleasure working with. Born in Texas. Read more>>

Emily Gilman Beezley

I have always been the “artist” in the family but until recently have not had the courage to pursue my passion full time. As the breadwinner of my family I put my art on hold, working corporate jobs to provide a stable home for my children and extended family. Read more>>

Lucy Dickens

I paint landscapes because I’m drawn to moments that take my breath away. It’s those moments of beauty that cause me to feel, to reflect, and to give thanks; a scene that has a power, placidity and intensity that draws me in. It’s these fleeting illustrations that I strive to capture. Read more>>


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