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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.

Lee Gaston

Her passion for health and wellness began over 20 years ago when she discovered fitness and truly believes it saved her life. Her memoir, From Broken to Badass, shares the story of the many unhealthy hurdles she faced during her early years and her ultimate desire to rise above her past. Read more>>

Chase Warren

Whether it’s a group of adventurers traversing an Alaskan glacier, a musician singing their heart out, or a couple dancing in the streets of Albania, I hope to offer some perspective that incredible moments are happening all around us all the time and we should participate in them. Read more>>

Cassandra Sullivan

I love to travel and take photos. I think of my photos as my ‘souvenirs’. I’m usually in the passenger seat taking photos out the window. I just want to remember everything I see, and I want others to see what I see and get as much joy from it as I do. Read more>>

Misty Wilson

One scene might come together perfectly, and others take more work, more massaging, more problem-solving – and sometimes taking a step away to come back the next day with fresh eyes can reveal a solution that wasn’t visible the day before. Read more>>

Dawn Zintel

During my non-Art career, my creative art outlet included making hand-built pottery, stained glass art, and watercolor paintings. Since 2010, I have been mentored by and studied with award-winning Canadian and U.S. painters Trisha Adams, Harold Allanson, the late Larisa Aukon. Read more>>

Yvonne Black, Yvonne Matejka

I create music/DJ at night clubs and special events. My inspiration is the music and hope my music also inspires people. I created a yoga album and this may open people’s minds to better their life or fitness. Read more>>

Amber Bingham

I started out making moccasins and pajamas for my own kids, and quickly it grew from a hobby to a passion, then ultimately into a business. Now I have three different kinds of sewing machines, a heat press, several other gadgets and machines, and a whole section of our garage as my work area. Read more>>

Ana Aida Ochoa

Design is visual communication so if the product or message is communicated well then I did a good job. What should be known about my work is that it’s not just about having talent but many years of relentless dedication. I’m good at what I do because I’ve been practicing it my whole life. Read more>>

David Dibble

Many factors have contributed to the challenges that smaller-scale agriculture face in our nation, but we as communities are now confronting very real questions of how we’ll deal with those things which have been handed down to us, and what we’ll hand down to others. Read more>>

Dominick Provenzano

I’ve always been fond of the honesty and simplicity of Folk music. Music is my source of honest expression. I write, record, and produce my own music more often than not. I feel like that is the best way to make it a true reflection of my own ideas. Read more>>


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